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Lachmacun / Turkish Lamb Pizza

As all my regular readers will know I do enjoy making my own pizzas as these can taste so much better than shop bought plus you know what’s in them and you can make them as healthy or unhealthy as you like.

Today’s recipe is for a Turkish style pizza also known as a lachmacun.  This is full of flavour and is super tasty and best of all it’s so easy to make you will want to experiment with more homemade pizzas after trying it yourself.

For those that are unaware lachmacun are made using lamb mince which I tend to make again from scratch using what I call clean pieces of meat (meat with as much fat cleared as possible as we want to keep it healthy).  I know they say the flavour is in the fat but so is the cholesterol and we don’t want that.  I promise you won’t feel like you have been deprived of any flavour once out taste this as it’s yummy even if I say so myself.

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To start with you will need a pizza dough for the base.  Don’t worry it really isn’t as hard as you think.  In fact my recipe doesn’t need you to do much at all except measure and pour and press a button, told you it’s easy.  I like to use my Russell Hobbs mixer to make my dough base as it means I don’ need to worry about kneading the dough myself.  The part of the topping for the pizza is cooked with the dough and the rest is added at the end to give it a fresh mix of flavour.

Just to add I use a pizza stone when making my pizzas but you can always use a baking tray if you don’t have one.

For the dough:

250g Strong White Flour

6g Yeast

5g Freshly ground sea salt

30ml Olive oil

180ml Water

For the First Topping:

100g minced lamb

5tbs tomato puree

2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1tsp paprika

1/5tsp chilli powder

For the Second Topping:

1 medium white onion chopped

2 medium tomatoes chopped into small pieces

1 heaped tbs pickled jalapenos, chopped

3-4tbs chopped coriander


Make the dough in advance.

Mix together the flour, yeast, salt, water and oil in a mixer and allow the dough hook to do all the hard work.  Mix for about 5 minutes then with an oiled spatula scrap out the dough into an oiled bowl (plastic).  Cover and leave in a warm place for 3-4 hours.  You can leave it longer if you need to.

About 30 – 40 minutes before you are ready to make the pizza set your oven to 220 (conventional oven) 210 (fan oven) and place the stone in and allow to heat.

I normally prepare the toppings when I put the stone into the oven as it gives adequate time to get both ready.

Prepare your two sets of toppings.  The first topping will go straight onto the pizza and be cooked with the dough.  Combine the minced lamb with the tomato puree, paprika, garlic and chilli powder and mix well.  Cover and set aside whilst you make the second topping.

The second topping goes on top of the pizza once it has been cooked giving it both a cooked and fresh combination.  Mix the onion, tomatoes, jalapenos and coriander and set aside.

When the stone has been heated and the toppings are ready place the dough onto a floured surface and flatten it out a little in the shape of a circle.  This does not have to be particularly large as long as you have the beginnings of the circle it will be fine so about 7-8 inches in diameter then place the dough onto the pizza stone and gently but quickly push the dough out so that you have a large round that just covers the whole of the stone.  You might find that a rolling pin that has been well floured may come in useful.  Once the pizza base has been spread as far and as thin as possible spread over the lamb mix.  I find placing blobs around the pizza then spreading this with the back of a spoon an easier way of getting and even distribution quickly.

Cook for approximately 16 minutes, the cooking time will vary depending on your oven.  Once cooked remove from the oven and add the second topping.

Place the stone on the serving rack that comes with the stone and serve.

Chefs tip: Serve with fresh lemon as this adds a gorgeous tangy flavour and also boosts your vitamin C intake.

Want more homemade pizza recipes?  Then take a look at these:

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Chipotle Beef Pizza Topped with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Children’s Margarita / Pepperoni Pizza

Balsamic Onion, Feta, Serrano Ham, Sundried Tomato and Rocket Pizza

Smokey Pulled Pork Pizza with Garlic and Parsley Butter Drizzle




This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. I love the sound of this pizza recipe – so tasty!

    1. It sure is. I do love making this one.

  2. That really looks lush never made homemade pizza before might give it a try <3

    1. It’s fantastic!!!! You should make your own you can be creative as you like.

  3. Nothing beats homemade pizza made from scratch, yours looks very colourful and tasty.

    1. It was really good and vanished extremely fast.

  4. This sounds really lovely Mel and it looks incredibly good x

  5. I was recommending lachmacun to a colleague yesterday! If done Well, it can be really delicious!

  6. This looks absolutely delicious and since the dough is dairy free, I can enjoy it too! Xxx

    1. That’s great you will love this Laura, enjoy!

  7. This looks incredible and I love how easy it is to make! Delicious! Save me a slice!

  8. looks and sounds so delicious! I never heard of pizza with lamb before, but would definitely love to have a slice or two. It hasn’t come to my mind to season lamb with hot spicies but now when I read it i have to say that it certainly makes sense, and now I would love to have a whole pizza not just a slice of it!

  9. Never had lamb in my pizza but I guess there is always a first time. I love how your pizza turned out. Looks absolutely delish!

    1. I must say it tastes even better than it looks. This one vanished super fast!

  10. Sounds like a very nice pizza, I have never had lamb on pizza before

    1. It works well if you combine the right flavours 😉

  11. This recipe is something I need to try. I love lamb and its a pretty healthy dish.

  12. I am a fan of thin layer pizza !! looks very yummy !! nice Recipe

    1. Thanks, I love this it has so much flavour!

  13. Lamb and pizza, a match made in heaven. This looks totally scrumptious.

  14. The pizza looks super delicious. Though I am a vegetarian and I can make a version of it. 🙂

  15. This looks so scrumptious, and easy to make, I will have to try it, my children would love to make pizza at home xxx

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