Vegan Turkish Pizza (Lahmacun)

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Vegan Turkish Pizza (Lahmacun)

This veganized version of Middle Eastern flatbread will have you dreaming of strolls through the Grand Bazaar.

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Serves: 4
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Lahmacun, also known as “Turkish pizza,” is a crispy Middle Eastern flatbread topped with spiced ground meat, minced vegetables, and herbs. This easy-to-make vegan version includes plant-based beef and spicy, aromatic toppings that’ll make your kitchen table feel like a boat ride on the Bosphorus.

What you need:

For the topping:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
1 12-ounce package vegan beef crumbles
1¼ teaspoon sweet paprika
1¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons water
4 whole wheat pitas

For the garnish:
1 fresh tomato, diced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
Lemon wedges

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, place in oven to preheat.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onion, garlic, and jalapeño approximately 4 minutes, until onion is softened and translucent. Add vegan beef crumbles and paprika, cayenne, cumin, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Stir to combine, and cook approximately 4 minutes, until crumbles are warmed through. Add fresh parsley, mix well, and add tomatoes and water. Stir and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Top each pita with ¼ of mixture, spreading evenly to edges of pita. Bake on a pizza stone or baking sheet approximately 6 minutes, or until crisp.
  4. While baking, combine chopped fresh tomatoes and mint in a bowl. Top each baked Lahmacun with ¼ of the tomato salad, and serve with a lemon wedge to squeeze on top.
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