Turkish flatbread with beef and yoghurt

"This is our version of the Turkish lahmacun - flatbread topped with spiced minced beef," says Rodney Dunn. "It's worth hunting out the pickled turnips and garlic from Middle Eastern stores - they add great flavour to the dish. If you have mince mixture leftover it also makes great meatballs."

You'll need

250 gm minced beef 1 tsp sumac, plus extra to serve 1 tsp ground chilli 1¼ tbsp olive oil 240 gm Greek yoghurt 3 cloves pickled garlic, thinly sliced 100 gm Lebanese pickled turnips Coriander, mint, flat-leaf parsley and thinly sliced spring onion, to serve   Flatbread ¼ tbsp dried yeast 260 gm bread flour


  • 01
  • For flatbread, combine yeast, 80ml warm water and 2 tsp salt in a large bowl and stir until yeast dissolves. Add 220ml warm water and stir to combine, then add flour and stir until a dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes). Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat, then cover with plastic wrap and leave in a draught-free place until doubled in size (1½-2 hours).
  • 02
  • Process minced beef in a food processor until finely chopped. Add sumac, ground chilli, 2 tsp sea salt and 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper and pulse until well combined. Transfer to a bowl, add olive oil and stir to combine.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 250°C or the highest temperature. On a lightly floured work surface roll out a quarter of the dough to a 26cm-diameter round. Place on an oven tray and bake until just set (2 minutes). Remove and spread with a thin layer of beef mixture, then return to oven until edges are crisp and beef mixture is cooked (15-20 minutes). Dollop with yoghurt, season with extra sumac, scatter with pickles, herbs and spring onion, and serve hot. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

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Sep 2017

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