Turkish pizza – Pide

February 1st, 2012 § 2 comments

Pide or pita reigns supreme over a broad geography from Asia to Balkans. In Turkey there are hundreds of varieties of pide. Closed pide of Black Sea or pide with Turkish spicy salami (sucuk) are one of the art of baking in the country.

In specialist pide restaurants, it is baked on hot wood fired ovens. For this reason, pre heat oven to 250° C ahead and leave the oven tray inside the oven.

For the dough:
  • 5 cups of  all purpose flour
  • 25 gr. yeast or 5T dry yeast
  • 1 T sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • for glaze:

  • 1 egg (to brush the dough)
  • Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water if you use fresh yeast. Put flour,salt and sugar in a bowl and make a well in the center and put dissolved yeast in this centre. Mix it by adding water to form a dough.  Knead the dough by hand.

    Make a ball and divide it into 4 small balls. Cover with a stretch film and let rise for 30-40 minutes in a warm place while you prepare the filling.

    Pide with cheese and Turkish spicy salami –sucuk:

    For the cheese filling:

  • 80 gr kaşar cheese
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 10 slices of sucuk (Turkish spicy salami)
  • Grate the cheese.

    Take one ball on top of a floured surface and roll out the dough. Form an oval shape with the help of a rolling pin.

    Whisk the egg for glaze and brush the top. Spread the filling ingredients. Fold 1cm from the edges and bring together from the ends. Brush the folded edges with egg.

    Repeat the same for the other dough ball.

    Cook in pre heated hot oven 250° C about 16 minutes.

    Take it from the oven and crack an egg on the middle of the pide.(optional)

    Cook until crisp and golden.

    Pide with ground beef:

    For the ground meat filling:

  • 1 onion (cut in small cubes)
  • 90 gr ground meat
  • a pinch of red pepper
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • a pinch of curry
  • Saute onion with extra virgin olive oil. Add ground meat and the spices for seasoning.

    Reduce heat and cook until the ground meat crumbled (approx.10 minutes).

    Take one ball on top of a floured surface and roll out the dough. Form an oval shape with the help of a rolling pin.

    Brush the surface with egg. Spread the meat ingredients. Fold the long sides towards inside and close from both sides.

    Brush the top with egg.

    Cook in pre heated hot oven 250° C  until done.

    Before serving brush with butter and serve immediately.

    Repeat the same for the other dough ball.

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