Lahmajun Pizza (Egypt)

Lahmajun is a thin pizza eaten in the Middle East and parts of the Mediterranean. Armenia is thought to be the origin of this traditional food. The thin dough is covered with a meat mixture rich in spices. The edges of the lahmajun get crispy in the oven and the middle is still slightly soft and warm. You can eat lahmajun just by itself but I like to accompany it a few different ways. One way is to squeeze fresh lemon juice on it right before you eat it. Another way is to add shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, onion, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Then you roll it up and enjoy it as kind of a wrap. The third way is by dipping it in thick Greek yogurt. The spices work perfectly against the cool, refreshing Greek yogurt. Lahmajun is a healthier alternative to what we think of as pizza. There is much less fat in this food than regular pizza, and the dough is much thinner so.

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Photo Credit:  Christine Dutton

 

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Lahmajun

Lahmajun Pizza (Egypt)

Prep Time 1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Servings 8
Calories 469 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Dough

  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour

For the Filling

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 pound ground beef