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Recipe

Turkish pide with spiced lamb and spinach filling

Bakery windows in Istanbul are a riot of colour with boat-shaped pide. Nici Wickes' Turkish pide recipe is surprisingly easy to make and makes a delightful change from regular Italian-style pizza

By Nici Wickes
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

Turkish pide
  • 1 basic pizza dough recipe (see below)
Spiced lamb filling
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 200 gram minced lamb
  • 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 2 small garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Spinach filling
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cup spinach, shredded
  • 150 gram feta
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar
  • small handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch of salt

Method

  • 1
    For the spicy lamb filling, heat the oil and fry the onion until soft. Add the mince to the pan and brown. Add the tomatoes, garlic, spices and salt. Cook for 15 minutes or so, then set aside to cool.
  • 2
    For the spinach filling, heat the oil and fry the onion until soft. Add the spinach with a splash of water. Sauté until wilted and cooked through. Drain off any liquid. Add the cheeses and parsley, then season.
  • 3
    For the pide, work on a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into four pieces, roll each into a ball, then into oval shapes about 20cm x 30cm wide.
  • 4
    Preheat oven to 200°C. Line 1-2 baking tray(s) with baking paper and place the ovals on tray.
  • 5
    Spread the fillings evenly over the dough, leaving a border of 2cm with no filling. Fold the sides partway over the filling and squeeze each end to make boat shapes.
  • 6
    Brush the edges with a little extra olive oil and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and crispy at the edges.
  • 7
    Serve with your choice of garnish (see recipe tips).

Notes

Suggested pide garnishes: - Lemon wedges - ¼ cup unsweetened yoghurt mixed with mint and a splash of olive oil - Toasted sesame seeds - Diced tomatoes.

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