Recipe courtesy of Justin Chapple

Spiced Beef Flatbreads with Yogurt and Herbs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Everyday ground beef is the star of these easy weeknight flatbreads inspired by Turkish lahmacun, which is sometimes called Turkish pizza. Spices, like cumin, coriander, and cinnamon, gives the beef lots of warm flavor while yogurt and parsley brighten the finished dish. You can also use ground lamb, chicken, or turkey instead of the beef.



  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F for at least 20 minutes. Dust a large baking sheet with fine cornmeal.
  2. Cut the pizza dough into 4 equal pieces. Stretch or roll each piece out on a lightly floured work surface into a 6- to 8-inch round or oval. Arrange the dough rounds on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle them with oil. Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and browned in spots, 10 to 12 minutes.  
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the beef and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the fat starts to render, about 3 minutes. Add the shallot and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef is cooked through, about 5 minutes; spoon off any excess fat.  
  4. Add the tomato paste, cinnamon, coriander and cumin. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the broth and simmer until the beef is coated in a light sauce, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.  
  5. Spoon the spiced beef onto the flatbreads and drizzle with yogurt. Top the flatbreads with parsley, lemon zest and lemon juice. Serve immediately, passing crushed red pepper at the table if you like.