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Chunky Mushroom Turkish Pides

Chunky Mushroom Turkish Pides
Chunky Mushroom Turkish Pides

Turkish stuffed pide are fast becoming one of our favourite foods, especially if we’re having friends over for dinner. The boat-shaped street food incorporates all the best elements of a pizza (carbs, toppings & sauce), and the sides are gathered so they can hold a good amount of delicious filling! If you’re a fan of pizza, we can guarantee you’ll be a super-fan of pide.

Ingredients
Method

Before you start

Large mixing bowl and clean work surface dusted liberally with flour or mixer fitted with the dough hook • Large frying pan • Line a large baking sheet • Rolling pin

Ingredients

  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 1 x 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 1⁄2 tsp caster sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 150ml warm water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing

For the filling

  • 2 red peppers
  • 500g mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • big pinch of salt
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1–2 tbsp harissa paste or tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • small bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • salt and black pepper

Method

  1. 1.

    Make the dough • Add the flour, yeast, sugar and salt to the bowl or mixer and mix to combine • Add the water and the 1 tablespoon oil and mix together • Knead well for 10 minutes either in the mixer or
    by aggressively bashing the dough on to the floured surface, punching and turning it and folding repeatedly, until smooth and springy • Put in a bowl, cover loosely and leave to rise for 1 hour, or until at least doubled in size

  2. 2.

    Make the filling • Trim and finely chop the peppers and mushrooms • Place the frying pan over a high heat and add the olive oil • Add the chopped peppers and mushrooms to the hot oil with the salt • Fry for 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the water has evaporated and the vegetables are cooked down and starting to turn golden • Peel and finely chop half the red onion and add it to the pan • Cook for 5 minutes • Peel and grate the garlic directly into the pan • Add the harissa or tomato paste and stir well, then add the spices and stir again • Remove from the heat • Finely chop half the parsley and stir it through the mixture • Taste and season with salt and pepper • Halve the lemon and squeeze in the juice of half • Set aside to cool

  3. 3.

    Bake the pides • Heat the oven to 200°C • Tip the risen dough on to a clean surface, roll it into a log and cut it into 4 equal pieces • Roll each piece into an oval about 10cm wide and 20cm long • Transfer to the lined baking sheet • Spoon the filling over the middle of each oval, leaving a 2cm dough border around the edges • Fold the edges up and over the filling around the edges of the pides and pinch together at the ends to create boat shapes • Press a little to make sure the edges stick to the filling and don’t flare out during baking • Brush with olive oil and bake for 15–20 minutes, until the dough is deep golden and the bottoms are crisp

  4. 4.

    Serve • Finely slice the remaining red onion and put the slices into a small bowl • Squeeze over the juice of the lemon half and toss to coat • Pick the parsley leaves and mix them with the lemon and onion • Remove the baked pides from the oven and top them with the onion and parsley mixture • Slice each pide diagonally into 3 pieces and serve