I like to watch YouTube and discover new recipes. The other day I came across a recipe from a Turkish YouTuber for Pide (pronounced like pizza with a “d”), which is the Turkish version of pizza. They are shaped like little boats and filled with either a meat or a cheese filling. I thought these looked intriguing, so I decided to try them out.
The dough looked easy to make but I decided to alter the filling a bit. For the cheese ones, she just topped them with a Turkish cheese called Kashar and nothing else. I find I like something to cut the cheese and saw some recipes that used a tomato sauce as well. I happened to have some fresh pizza sauce I had made in the fridge, so I decided to use that. We don’t have Kashar cheese at our local supermarket so I would need to use something else. I saw some recipes use a combination of mozzarella and feta, both of which I already had, so I decided to go with that. I also topped them with olives and chopped fresh mint.
For the beef ones, I found her recipe a little plain with just tomatoes, beef and onion. I have a recipe for Kofte (Turkish lamb kebabs) that my family loves, so I decided to spice the meat similarly, adding cumin, dried mint, paprika and oregano as well as a tsp of pomegranate molasses. Once they were cooked I also topped these ones chopped mint after they were cooked.
For the cooking, I decided to use a similar method to my pizza method and cook them at 500 F for a short time 6-8 minutes, then broil them to brown up the top of the crust and make the cheese bubbly and browned as well.
To serve, I sliced the pide into thirds and served them on a platter so that we could try both kinds. We really enjoyed these! Kofte are one of my daughter’s favourite meals and she gobbled up the meat ones.I loved the spicing on the meat and the chopped mint on top of each pide added a nice touch. The recipe makes 6 pide, so we had enough for dinner as well as lunch for my two kids as well.
I hope you try these and enjoy them as much as we did!
[recipe title=”Turkish Pide” servings=”6 Pide” cooktime=”2-3 hours including rising time” difficulty=”easy” description=”These boat-shaped breads are the Turkish take on pizza. You can top them with either a cheese filling or a meat filling. This recipe is for 6 pide. You could halve the recipe and use just one filling if you wish.”]
For the Dough
– 325 ml (1 1/2 cups)warm water
– 2 tsp yeast
– 1 tbsp sugar
– 500 grams (4 cups) all-purpose flour
– 1 tbsp salt
For the meat flling
– 1 lb ground beef or lamb
– 1 onion, chopped fine
– 1 tbsp ground cumin
– 1 tbsp paprika
– `1 1/2 tsp dried mint
– 1 tsp dried oregano
– cracked black pepper
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp pomegranate molasses (optional)
– 1 tomato, diced
– chopped mint to top
For the Cheese Filling
– 1/2 cup diced tomatoes or pizza sauce
– 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzerella
– 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
– optional: sliced black olives and chopped mint to top
- Adjust oven rack to lower middle and preheat to 425F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Pulse flour, 1/3 cup sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder to combine.
- Sprinkle the butter pieces over the flour and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal, about 15 pulses. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
- Whisk together egg and cream then stir into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until combined.
- Turn out onto floured counter and knead if necessary to bring to a ball, then pat and roll into a rectangle about 3/4 inch thick.
- Using a 3-inch cutter, cut into rounds and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Brush tops with egg white, then sprinkle with 2 Tbsp sugar.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes until tops look dry.
- Transfer the sheet to a wire rack and cool until warm, about 10 minutes.
- To serve, slice shortcakes in half horizontally, then spread both halves with strawberry jam. Top bottom half with whipped cream and sliced strawberries then put top on, like a sandwich.