Turkish Ground-Lamb Pizzas

Turkish Ground-Lamb Pizzas Recipe
Michael Turek
At her takeout shop in Istanbul, Kantin Dükkan, Semsa Denizsel tops her pizzas with ground lamb (flavored with sweet sun-dried tomatoes and a little spicy red pepper), but you can substitute ground beef instead. To make the pizza even more substantial, bake it with an egg on top; the runny yolk is terrific with the whole-wheat crust.

Yield:

4
Total time: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Active: 40 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 (small) onion, finely chopped
1 pound ground lamb or beef
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped, drained
1 tablespoon Turkish red pepper paste (see Note) or 2 jarred hot cherry peppers, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 large eggs, (optional)
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves

Preparation

In a small bowl, whisk the whole wheat flour with the all-purpose flour and salt. In a large bowl, combine the warm water and honey. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let stand for about 5 minutes, until foamy. Stir in the olive oil and then the flour mixture. Gently knead the dough on a work surface until it forms a smooth, somewhat sticky ball. Lightly oil another bowl and add the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

In a skillet, heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until translucent, 4 minutes. Add the lamb and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the lamb is no longer pink, 3 minutes. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper paste and cumin and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 450°. Arrange oven racks on the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Preheat a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven for about 5 minutes.

On a lightly floured work surface, punch down the dough and cut into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a 6-inch round. Arrange the dough rounds on the preheated baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 2 minutes. Spread the lamb topping over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges; brush the borders with olive oil. Crack an egg in the center of each pizza (if using) and bake on the top shelf of the oven for about 6 minutes, until the crust is crisp on the bottom, the egg white is firm and the yolk is runny. Scatter the parsley over the pizzas and serve hot.

Note:

Turkish red pepper paste, also known as biber salcasi, is available at specialty stores.

Semsa Denizsel,

Food & Wine

May 2012
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