Turkish Pide

TÜRKÇE İÇİN TIKLAYIN "Kaşarlı Sosisli ve Kavurmalı Pideler"

Just next to our building there are divided very small fields around 10m2 reserved for each apartment so that families could grow what they'd like. Because of my lack of will and confidence as a person who was born and grew in a metropol city like Istanbul -where you could see vegetables only on the shelves of supermarkets- I hadn't taken advantage of our share of the garden until this year.

At the beginning of this year I've decided to plant some vegetables wondering if I could pull it off.
Since I didn't have the slightest idea about how to grow vegetables, as first thing to do I bought a book and I read it through.

Later on I had the chance to read different books by different authors and sources, however the one satisfied me the most with its detailed explanations, pictures and ease of reading was The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Edward C. Smith. I could recommend it for the beginner level gardeners such as myself.

This year for the first time in my entire life I planted 6 tomato, 2 cucumber, 2 eggplant, 3 pepper plants and 9 iceberg salad. Additionally I planted dill, basil and parsley. I've already got rosemary, sage, thyme and mint in the pots in front of the windows.

With a grand enthusiasm and love I dug the soil, hoed, weeded, raked, dressed, planted, watered. We'll just have to wait and see the result yet I am so curious that I don't have patience at all. Whenever I go out I stop by to see how the things are going! They are growing yes, the first one with fruit is our pepper plant.

These photos were taken the week we planted all but the salads. They are more grown now. I update the pictures when/if they start producing new fruits.

I saw that it wasn't as scary as I imagined. However I'd recommend all inexperienced 'farmers' like me to read a beginner level book related to gardening. One needs to pay attention to the details if she wants to make the most of it, this is what I believe anyway.

Yes, our garden is very small, yet people who live in the cities usually can't have even that much of green. Nevertheless, they can get some ideas from the books about how to grow some veggies and even fruits in their balconies. I saw several books concerning this matter including one written by the very same author of my so far favourite gardening book, titled as The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible but didn't have the chance to read any.

You may or may not be interested in growing vegetables, but there is one thing that I'd definitely recommend you to do: growing herbs! You don't have garden, not even a balcony.. Even only the front of your windows would be enough. It is such a comfort and relish to have your fresh herbs at your arm's reach. All you'd need to do is to water and prune occasionally. I could suggest to grow especially thyme, rosemary, sage, dill, mint, basil and parsley. Recently I bought also melissa getting charmed with the lemonish scent of its leaves but I haven't used it yet. I am a bit ignorant about how/when to use melissa. I believe though I can manage to find a way to use it some day soon :)

And here comes today's recipe.
Today I am posting the recipe of Turkish pide which is sometimes called abroad also as Turkish pizza. 
With this recipe you'll obtain two large pide.

As for the stuffing, besides cheese I used sausage for the first one and for the second one I used "kavurma" which I bought when we were in Istanbul. I didn't see something similar around where I live so I bought it there.

FYI:"Kavurma" is a Charcuterie (Deli) meat product in Turkey. I saw that it was translated sometimes as braised meat, other times as fried meat. I don't know if it is a translation mistake but here is how it looks.

You can check it out if you have any Turkish food market around where you live; or replace kavurma with sausage or some other ingredient up to your preference; otherwise simply leave it out. Feel free to stuff your pide up to your taste.

260g water
15g honey
25g fresh yeast
500g flour
15g salt
15g olive oil

300g kaşar (kasseri) cheese (I used 150g of Galbanino and 150g of Emmenthal)
Sausage, sliced
Kavurma (I explained above)
Green pepper, chopped
Cherry tomatoes, quartered


  • Place water and honey in TM Bowl. Warm for 1 minute at 37ºC on Speed 2.
  • Add yeast and mix for 10 seconds on Speed 4.
  • Sift in flour. Add salt and oil. Knead for 4 minutes.
  • Get the dough, roll it and give it a ball shape. Transfer it into a slightly oiled deep bow. Cover with plastic film. Let it rise for 1.5 - 2 hours.
  • Divide risen dough into half.
  • Roll the first piece wit a rolling pin as big as to fit your oven tray. I rolled is as big as to fit in my tray crosswise (around 45cm). Roll the dough either on baking paper or first roll it as you like and then transfer it onto first baking paper and then to the tray before spreading the filling. Otherwise it would be very difficult to move it without ruining it.
  • Fold the sides as in the picture below.

  • If you'll use two kinds of cheeses, grate the first roughly cut cheese for 10 seconds on Speed 8 and set aside.
  • Grate the 2nd cheese as before.
  • Spread half of each kind of cheese over pide.

  • Spread sliced sausages, quartered cherry tomatoes and chopped peppers over the cheese.

  • Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven at 220ºC until it is browned.
  • Straight from the oven spread some butter on the sides.

  • Prepare the second pide base as I described before.
  • Spread the remaining grated cheese on the top.
  • As I said before I used kavurma for the second one. You can use sausage also for the second one of if you'd like to vary you can use some other ingredient up to your taste; otherwise simply leave it out and use only cheese and veggies.

  • As before, bake it in preheated oven at 220ºC for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven until it is browned and straight from the oven spread some butter on the sides.

  • Let it rest for 5-10 minutes, cut into slices and serve.

Afiyet olsun...

The day I prepared these pide we had a rich table so we couldn't finish up all.
So I freezed the leftover slices.
Later on when we rewarmed them they were as tasty as the first day.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did...

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