I didn’t know what to call this, I was leaning towards lazy lahmacun, but then my cousin came up with weeknight lahmacun and I liked it much better! It’s something I like to make on weekdays, it’s simple, easy to make, a quick weeknight dinner on those busy days. Serve with fresh cut up veggies and sides such as fries or salad and you got a whole meal!
For those of you who are not familiar with lahmacun it is a popular meat pie made in Turkey and the Middle East. There are variations, but basically its a meat pie made with dough and ground meat.
If you would like to try it with dough follow this link to my lahmacun recipe. It’s worth the effort when you have the time.
What you will need:
- 10 pieces of pita bread
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 onion
- 1 small tomato
- 1/2 green pepper or jalapeno
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp taco seasoning
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- salt and pepper to season
- oil for cooking
Dice onion, tomato and pepper into small chunks, combine with ground beef. Add seasonings, I don’t really measure but gave you an approximate amounts. You may have to adjust seasonings to personal preference.
Heat a non stick frying pan, and add 1 teaspoon of oil for each pita you cook. Spoon over some of the meat mixture on one side of the pita bread, spread evenly over the bread, place meat side down on hot pan. Cook on medium heat until browned, doesn’t take long as it’s a thin layer of meat. I clean my hands continuously while I make this just to be on the safe side, and I make sure that raw meat doesn’t touch the other side of the bread (this is my OCD talking).
Continue to make the pitas with meat, until all the bread and meat are done.
I like to serve this with fresh slices of tomato, cubanelle peppers, onions, hot peppers. You can wrap them up or fold it in half. Serve with fries if you like or a salad. Simple. Enjoy!