Saturday, 28 January 2012

Pide, Turkish Pizza



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I first had Turkish pizza in Brussels, of all places, when we ended up staying across the road from a Turkish pide restaurant - it was cheap and tasty, so we went back and ate there a couple of times.

So when we got to Turkey, I was curious. Would it be the same? Or even better?

In the end, I'd say the best pide we had (pictured above) was maybe slightly better, although very similar in philosophy: huge chunks of fresh vegetables (onion, tomato, and pointed green peppers in this case), smothered with a generous helping of cheese, and fired in a wood-oven. A simple and perfect combination of flavours. I was half way through eating before I even noticed the lack of tomato sauce, such as you'd always find on pizza in the UK. Plus, it always makes a meal more fun if you can watch your food being made. Technique seems to vary between pide chefs, on whether to stretch the dough with your hands or just roll it out (it didn't seem to affect the taste, either way).

I haven't found any recipes that look exactly like what we ate, but this spinach pide does look similar to one on the menu in Brussels.

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17 comments:

Jules said...

Looks delicious!

Stephanie V said...

We call these flatbread pizzas and they are quite popular here.

'Thick rain' is what I call rain mixed with snow. Not a promising sight.

Rachel said...

As you say, watching, the food being made always adds to the entertainment of the evening!

Slamdunk said...

Looks fantastic and nice call Stephanie--we enjoy flatbread pizza as well.

LambAround said...

That top photo has me feeling soooo hungry! Midnight isn't too late for pizza, right?

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Rachel,

Oh this looks quite yummy! I've never had a Turkish Pizza before, but boy does that look good! Even moreso because it's full of vegetables - I'm a vegetarian, so I'm always on the lookout for some really tasty meatless meals! I'll have to be on the lookout for this kind of pizza sometime. :) Wishing you a most fabulous rest of the weekend!


Hugs,
Jessie

Christine said...

For a long time - when I was living alone - the Turksih takeaway was my food saviour when I did not want to cook for one. The spinach and fetta pide was to die for along with the various dips, the tabouleh and falafal. And all without tomato sauce. I have moved on but the takeaway is still there. Thanks for the memory.

Christine said...

For a long time - when I was living alone - the Turksih takeaway was my food saviour when I did not want to cook for one. The spinach and fetta pide was to die for along with the various dips, the tabouleh and falafal. And all without tomato sauce. I have moved on but the takeaway is still there. Thanks for the memory.

A Cuban In London said...

I've had it! I've had it! Yes, you're right, it's delicious. I happen to live in an area in London with lots of Turkish immigrants and there are very good Turkish restaurants around. Thanks a lot.

Greetings from London.

becky said...

I just brought home a tomato-sauceless pizza yesterday...two "white" pizzas...one half was a "heart-healthy veggie" cheese pizza and a "chicken-alfredo/mozzarella" on the other half. I guess, these days, pizza can be anything laid out on a crust.

helen tilston said...

This looks delicous and is the first time I heard of turkish pizza.
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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oooh yummy, looks good!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Looks delicious.

LambAround said...

Laziness overtook me yesterday and my macaron-making egg whites are still sitting on the counter. How did yours turn out?

Deirdre said...

Looks delicious!

Domestic Executive said...

You had me totally with the mention of Pizza! I've been pulling back on the tomato sauce myself lately and sticking with oil and herbs. Works a treat!

carma said...

I would not have thought of pizza in turkey but that looks darn tasty!!

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