Often referred to as a ‘Turkish pizza’, this authentic Turkish pide with beef is a boat-shaped delight, consisting of flatbread with crispy edges, and a delicious ground beef topping.
I was young the first time I tried Turkish pide. My parents and I had decided to stop at a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Saudi Arabia, which happened to share my dad’s name. The restaurant was tiny – I think it had room for about 15 people at the most.
The owner – a short, mustachioed man in a white chef’s jacket – suggested I try his “Turkish pizza,” my father encouraged me to listen (as opposed to just ordering a burger with fries), and it ended up becoming one of my most delicious food memories.
The restaurant is no longer a small hole-in-the-wall. We visited every few months until moving away from the area. The next time I returned, the location had bought out the two stores next to it, and expanded into a fairly large place! A few years later, it opened a handful of HUGE locations around the city. Very well deserved!
What is Turkish pide with beef
Pide with ground meat, Kıymalı Pide in Turkish, is a popular Turkish “fast food” (quotation marks because it really isn’t fast to make!). Pide is a traditional flatbread that is filled with various toppings (you can think of the toppings as delicious passengers).
Another popular variety is, Kusbasili Pide – that is, pide with beef pieces.
Oh! And don’t forget to check out the Turkish Pide with beef recipe video on YouTube too!
The difference between pide and lahmacun
When I was young, I used to mix up pide and lahmacun (a similar Turkish flatbread with meat), but there are a few key differences:
- The most obvious difference is the shape. While pide is boat-shaped, lahmacun is circular.
- Lahmacun is typically thinner than pide.
- While pide is sliced, lahmacun is often rolled and eaten with a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Lastly, (and I’m not sure if this is a definitive difference or just my personal experience), but I always find that the lahmacun bread cracks more than pide’s when rolled or folded.
How do you eat authentic Turkish pide?
Turkish pide is usually served sliced, and is eaten by hand. Grab a slice, fold it in half if it’s particularly big, and take a bite! No need for a knife and fork.
It’s usually served alongside a salad, and ayran – a yoghurt drink.
Here are a few ideas to mix up the toppings:
- Cheese and spinach
- Meat chunks (instead of ground beef)
- Different meats
- Mix it up with sundried tomatoes, and roast chicken
- Drop an egg on it. (Literally, crack an egg into the centre of the pide just before putting it into the oven!)
Pide can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days.
More Turkish recipes
I love Turkish cuisine. If you’ve never been, Turkey is home to one of the best food scenes in Europe. Here are a couple of Turkish recipes for you to check out:
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There’s not much equipment you’ll need for this recipe, but a good rolling pin will make life easier. (I’ve linked to a wooden rolling pin which is a little longer than your standard, and believe me, this can make such a difference!)
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And that’s it, bestie! Have you tried Turkish pide with beef? Or do you prefer another variety? Let me know in the comments below.Print