Turkish Pide is that delicious flavor backed doughy meat pie recipe that you never knew you needed in your cooking arsenal. A simple combination of dough with meat and vegetables transforms into a dish that wows a crowd. From the perfectly cooked dough to the richness of the filling, you’ll keep this on your menu regularly.
Authentic Turkish Pide Recipe
We love sharing a variety of flavors here, and pide is just one of the simple but incredible recipes you can learn to make at home. Whether you are a professional chef, traditional home cook, or a foodie with dreams of being a chef, this is a recipe that impresses.
One of my favorite parts of this recipe is that it is such a crowd pleaser even with the kids. You can adjust the toppings and flavors for your personal taste and to make it more kid-friendly with ease. You’ll fall in love with this and keep it on your menu regularly.
What is Turkish Pide?
Pide is a traditional meal that comes from the Black Sea Coast of Turkey and feels like a sort of cousin to the Italian pizza or Middle Eastern flatbreads. A very simple crust is the base, and rather than rolling into a circle, it is formed into an oblong that is often rolled on the sides so it looks a bit like a boat in shape.
Traditional pide has no sauce, but many toppings that you might regularly find on a pizza. Usually there is a hearty meat base with vegetables of your choice and tons of herbs or spices for flavor. You may also find that these are served with a runny egg cooked on top in most places.
My version doesn’t have an egg on top, but you can readily add that to yours for added flavor. It’s perfect for dipping the edges of the crust into!
What to Get on Turkish Pide
I love recipes like this that really have lots of options so you can make it unique to your needs and preferences. Pide typically has a rich meat base, but that isn’t fully necessary. Cheese pide, or even just vegetable pide are common. Think outside the box and use what you prefer to top your Turkish bread recipe. Below are a few great ideas that are common.
- Ground meats like beef, lamb, pork, chicken, or turkey
- Sliced bell peppers, red onion, and sliced tomatoes
- Cheeses with a sprinkle of pepper and fresh herbs
- Add fresh sage, oregano, parsley, thyme, or mint
- Top with an egg as it comes out of the oven
- Sausages and peppers
What to Eat with Turkish Pide Bread
A good Turkish pide is perfect just by itself. Traditionally, you have all of the food groups in one meal so you’ll easily feel good about serving it all by itself. If you still want something on the side, nothing beats a nice large garden salad or your favorite roasted vegetables.
- All purpose flour
- Olive oil
- Ground beef
- Ground lamb
- Green bell pepper
- Red bell pepper
- Black Pepper
- Smoked paprika
How to Make Turkish Pide
To prepare the dough, combine the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and stir.
Add the oil and warm water then combine using your hands to knead the mixture for five minutes.
Place the ball of dough into a large bowl then cover with a damp kitchen towel and set aside for one hour to proof.
In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and lamb over medium-high heat until nicely browned and no longer pink. Stir regularly to break up the meat.
To the meat, add the onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes, and stir.
Season with the salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin, then continue cooking for 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally. You want to cook until most of the moisture has cooked off of the mixture.
Remove from the heat and mix in half of the parsley to the mixture.
While the meat mixture is cooling, preheat your oven to 350ºF and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
Dust a clean surface lightly with flour, then divide the dough into two equal portions.
Roll each portion out into a thin oval shape then place them onto the baking sheets.
Add the beef mixture to the dough pieces leaving around 1″ of the dough empty as a border around all edges.
Fold the border edge over the filling on the sides then pinch the top and bottom ends together to form a point at each end.
Brush the dough with olive oil then bake for 16-18 minutes or until the crust is golden.
Sprinkle the tops with the rest of the parsley before serving.
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When making pide, I prefer using my pizza stone when possible. It adds a nice extra crisp texture to the bottom of the crust and helps it brown a bit more evenly. This deep dish pizza stone is great for pizzas and for making classic pide.
Pide Dough Ingredients
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
Pide Filling Recipe
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1/2 lb ground lamb
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
- Lemon, cut into wedges
- 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
For the Dough
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt;
- Add 1/4 cup of olive oil and the warm water to the flour mixture and stir until a dough forms;
- Use your hands to knead the mixture for five minutes;
- Place the ball of dough into a large bowl, then cover with a damp kitchen towel and set aside for one hour to proof.
For the Filling
- In a large skillet, cook the ground meats over medium-high heat stirring regularly until no longer pink and nicely browned;
- Add in the onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes;
- Stir in the salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin and continue cooking stirring regularly for an additional 4-5 minutes;
- Remove the meat mixture from the heat and mix in half of the chopped parsley.
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF then line two baking sheets with parchment paper;
- Dust a clean surface with flour, then divide the proofed dough into two portions;
- Roll each portion of dough into a thin oval shape then place onto the baking sheets;
- Add the beef mixture to the prepared dough leaving a 1" edge of dough around all edges;
- Fold the sides over the filling slightly and then pinch each end of the dough into a slight point;
- Brush the dough with the extra olive oil, and then bake for 16-18 minutes or until the crust is golden, and the filling is bubbling;
- Serve with additional parsley on top and lemon wedges.
For truly authentic pide, crack an egg on top of the filling as soon as it is removed from the oven. The heat of the pie will cook it to an over easy temp and it is ideal for dipping the edges of the crust into.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 928mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 20g