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Turkey Lachmagine

Easy and healthy lachamagine

Lachmagine is a Syrian meat pizza with a tang. They are made as mini pizzas and served as a small plate appetizer usually. If you live near a Syrian grocery store you might be able to find whole wheat lachmagine pizza doughs, but if not I have found mini whole wheat pitas do the trick.

The tang comes from a tamarind sauce, tamerhindi, found in many Middle Eastern or Indian markets or on Amazon, if you can’t find it, try using pomegranate molasses or prune butter for the sweet and a extra lemon juice, but tamarind paste is not only unique and flavorful, but also good for you too.

Tamarind has been found to reduce inflammation, aid in digestion and even heal skin conditions.

For vegetarians you can use a mix of grated cauliflower and mushrooms in place of the turkey.

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  • 30 mini pizzasServings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds raw ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 onions, grated, drained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (more if you like it really tangy)
  • ½ cup tamerhindi or pomegranate molasses
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon allspice or baharat
  • 15 mini pitas split in half
  • Garnish: toasted pine nuts, torn mint leaves, pomegranate arils and drizzled tahini

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

  1. In a large bowl, combine, turkey, onions, tomato paste, lemon juice, tamerhindi, salt, and allspice. Mix well.
  2. Place the pita rounds on prepared sheet and top each with a heaping tablespoon of the meat mixture spreading to the edges of the pita.
  3. Bake until the meat mixture is cooked through, about 30 minutes.
  4. Serve warm with Israeli Salad.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: each pizza
  • Calories: 99
  • Carbohydrate Content: 12 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 24 mg
  • Fat Content: 2.9 g
  • Fiber Content: 1.4 g
  • Protein Content: 7 g
  • Sodium Content: 175 mg
  • Sugar Content: 3 g