Traditional Turkish Flatbread Pizza Recipe (Turkish Pide) called pide is always a hit. It is easy to make it at home. The soft and thin crust with a few crispy edges comes with a variety of toppings.
You will find ground meat filling and cheese filling below. The optional egg topping is highly recommended. Super tasty! Pide can be found in different shapes in Turkey.
It is traditionally oval-shaped, but there are places that make it a round shape. Also, the well-known pide is open-faced and only the edges are sealed halfway and most of the top is open.
How To Make Turkish Flatbread Pizza Recipe (Turkish Pide) With Step By Step Instructions:
Ingredients For Making a Pide Dough:
- All-purpose flour (3 cups)
- Instant Dry Yeast (1 tbsp)
- Sugar (1 tsp)
- Salt (1 tsp)
- Olie Oil (1/4 cup)
- Lukewarm Water (1 cup)
- Extra Olive oil to brush the Pide edges
Ingredients For making Ground Meat Topping:
- Ground Beef (4oo grams)
- Onion (1 medium-size), finely chopped
- Tomatoes (2 medium-sizes), finely chopped
- Parsley (1/4 cup), finely chopped
- Green Pepper (1/4 cup), finely chopped
- Salt (1tsp)
- Black Pepper (1/2 tsp)
- Olive Oil (2 tbsp)
- Lemon Juice (1 tbsp)
Ingredients For Cheese Topping:
- White Cheese (1/2 cup crumbled), you can also use feta cheese
- Mozzarella Cheese (1 cup grated), you can also use Turkish Kasar Cheese or mild cheese
- Fresh parsley (1/4 cup), chopped
- 1 small egg yolk and half of the egg white for topping
Ingredients For Garnishing the Pide:
- Extra Parsley
- Red Pepper Flakes
Preparation Of Dough:
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, instant dry yeast, salt, and sugar.
Add in olive oil and lukewarm water. Add in olive oil and warm water and mix well with a hand whisk, fork, or spatula. When it is hard to stir, use your hands and knead until you get a smooth and elastic dough. You can wet your fingers occasionally when you find them too sticky. This will take about 6-7 minutes. If you have a stand mixer, you can use it too and make your dough in 3 minutes.
Shape the dough into a ball, oil the inside of the same bowl well, and put the dough ball back into the bowl. Cover it with a kitchen towel and keep the bowl in a warm place that is away from air circulation. Let it rise for 1 hour or until it doubles. You might need to wait longer if it hasn’t doubled after 1 hour.
When it has doubled in size, transfer it onto the counter. Knead it for a few minutes, give it a log shape and cut it into 5 pieces. Shape each into a ball and cover with a kitchen towel for the second rise. Let them sit for 15 minutes.
Preparation Of Ground Meat Topping:
Mix all the ingredients with your hand until it becomes like a paste.
Preparation Of Cheese Topping:
In a bowl, combine the cheeses and parsley well.
Put the egg (yolk and half of the white) aside
Assemble The Flatbread Pizza & Baking:
Preheat the oven to 465F (240C).
Line a baking tray with baking paper (2 pieces fit on our baking tray).
Roll the dough balls out on the counter. Sprinkle little flour on it when needed. Transfer it to the baking tray.
Spread the topping you prefer on the dough, gently pressing on it with your hand. Leave 2 cm (0.7 inches) space all around to fold the sides in. Then fold the sides in, but don’t cover all the top. And pinch the ends to seal.
Optional step for longer Pides: Grab the pide in your two hands and gently stretch from both sides. Please see the video to see how. Place it back on the baking tray.
Brush the edges with foil and bake for 10-12 minutes.
For the optional egg topping: To top your meat pide or cheese pide with an egg, remove the Pides from the oven after 7 minutes, place eggs (yolk and half of the white) on each pide and bake for another 5-6 minutes or until the eggs set.
Slice the Pides and sprinkle parsley and red pepper flakes on them before serving.