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Saveur Saturday – Turkish Lahmacun

Saveur Saturday – Turkish Lahmacun

Saveur Saturday

If this is Turkish pizza, then why haven’t I been to Istanbul?


If it involves street food, I’m in.  And although I’ve got a lot of direct, experiential research left to be done, it seems that pretty much every country with a shore on the Mediterranean Sea has a street specialty involving flat bread and lamb.   Reason enough for a monumental road trip if you ask me…

In the meantime, while I wait to make my odyssey to the land of lamb and bread, I can always count on Saveur to come through with an intriguing recipe — so intriguing that I’ve made these 3 times in the past 2 weeks.  Spicy, savoury and delicious, one of these makes an excellent snack.  Two, together with a salad, make an easy and satisfying dinner.

Find the recipe from the October issue here.


If there’s anybody out there still recovering from Thanksgiving, but also troubled by a fridge full of bird, take note:  I’m thinking Turkey Lahmacuns.  A terrible pun, but also a new, refreshing way to work turkey into your family’s diet for the 3 or 4th time this week.  Replace the ground lamb in the original recipe with finely diced  cooked turkey, then cook as directed.

Do it, and you’ll find yourself enjoying a meal free of that familiar post-holiday refrain:  “Turkey again?”



  1. Belinda @zomppa
    November 27, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    This is a great flavorful dish!

  2. Hester
    November 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Oh my, how this looks absolutely wonderful! Did you find the flatbread easy to make?

    • Theresa
      November 29, 2010 at 8:44 am

      The flatbread is very easy…

  3. Yesim
    November 29, 2010 at 4:57 am

    you should come istanbul and taste lahacun here;)
    i love it..

  4. Natalie
    November 29, 2010 at 5:32 am

    These look really yummy, will have to try a veggie version, hate to be left out!!

    • Theresa
      November 29, 2010 at 8:44 am

      Natalie, you’re right! I forgot to mention in the post that these are easy to “vegify” I was thinking some lightly mashed chickpeas would taste awesome! Theresa

  5. Steph
    November 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I must sheepishly admit that I didn’t make turkey or any of the fixin’s for this year’s glutton-fest. Instead, I made pulled pork sammies with coleslaw. :-p So, I wasn’t plagued with the all dreaded question of, “What else should I make with turkey?”

    I love the rustic appeal of those pizzas, though. I’m a big fan of “thin” pizza and yours look be right up my alley.

  6. I’m a huge lahmajoun fan. Here is one of the areas where Turkey and Armenia disagree because Armenians claim it as their dish. When we spent a month in Armenia, we’d go to the deli down the street, buy 8 of these and 2 beers for $3. It was heaven (almost every day). I love this stuff.

    • Theresa
      December 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm

      I’m a huge fan of the way you spell them! Lahmajouns/Lahmacuns, Turkish/Armernian, why can’t we all just get along? ;) I’ll meet you in Armenia — 1st round is on me!

  7. SJI Mama
    October 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Hello fellow archipelagoian! I guess that is what we are? This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try the turkey spin on this. Drop on by my little spot in the blogosphere if you get a chance. I am really enjoying your blog and will give this post a little FB love, a Tweet and a Stumble for you!

    • Theresa
      October 19, 2011 at 9:31 am

      Thanks so much! I’m off to check out your blog now!

  8. Linda
    August 26, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I love it but when ever I ate it in Istanbul it was served with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, red pepper, oregano, sumac and lemon. very refreshing like a fresh taco pizza but no cheese…there was something else that had cheese and a football shaped crust but I don’t remember the name

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