I’ve been on a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean kick lately, as I’m sure you can tell with this recipe and the couscous a couple posts back. I think I’ll go on record to say that this is my favorite cuisine. Ever. In fact I’ll even go as far as to say that hummus is my favorite thing on the planet. Period. Point blank. I’d eat it every single day, If my mom would let me, but sadly I can already hear the “you need a well balanced meal, eat something else” lectures. Unfortunately this isn’t a hummus post so let’s turn our attention back to what’s important. Although this here is a hummus post. I don’t use the word “favorite” lightly (insert montage of the 250 times I’ve used it on the blog so far) so this is some serious stuff, but not really because I actually say it all the time. I have a new favorite every day. I’m sure half of you are looking at the title and content of this post and thinking “oh my gosh, what in the world did Jonathan make? Is he crazy or something? He’s lost his mind. What is this weird flatbread looking thing with the reddish-brown stuff on top?” Well, if you’re not familiar with this dish, you’ve been missing out and quite frankly I feel sorry for you. But have no fear, I’m glad to be the one to open your eyes. I feel honored. On the other hand, the rest of you are intrigued and maybe thinking, that Jonathan sure knows what he’s doing. He’s such a smarty pants, and what do you know I am wearing my smart pants today. Whichever group you fall under, you’re all right. I have lost my mind, but in the best way possible, I promise. I’m coo coo for lahmacun, what can I say?
I know right off the bat that this post will probably—okay most definitely— bomb and go down in flames. (Weeeeeeeewhoosssshh KA-BOOM! See that friends? That’s the post going down in fiery flames!) Most people won’t like or appreciate it as much as I do, and I’m okay with that. More lahmacun for me. Really though, what isn’t there to like? Crispy flatbread topped with seasoned meat and veggies? Yes please, count me in. I’m all about different textures and flavors when it comes to eating, so I decided to make a homemade tzatziki sauce to go on top of it. I live for the heat—hot from the oven not spicy heat—from the pizza and the cool freshness from the cucumber yogurt sauce. And because I know my mom would be reading this, I topped it with diced tomatoes and shredded purple and green cabbage. I’m sure she would have disagreed with me just eating bread and meat so I had to throw a few more veggies in there somehow. Plus I really like purple cabbage. In all honesty I just love the way it looks. It’s bright purple for crying out loud! For those of you who do know what I’m talking about and happen to love this dish as much as I do, well then, we’re now best of friends, write to me every five minutes. We’ll share a few Turkish pizzas together and eat hummus everyday. It’ll be a blast, I assure you.
We’re dividing this recipe into three acts, as if it were a delicious play or story we’re unfolding. It’s really just so I can justify the fact that I was dying to play with my new chalkboard and take some fun photographs. So that’s what I did. I mean after all I did go through all that trouble of painting and making the chalkboard so why not use it? The first act is the crust. That’s what we’re going to work on first as it needs to rest the longest.