Originating from Turkey, this Pastirma pizza is a appetizing pizza that’s easy to make.
Made well, the below pizza gives an exceptional flavor, matching the extraordinary scent to enjoy.
Make sure to purchase the best toppings and add them to the perfect crust for you and friends to savor a perfect pizza feast.
If you have a taste for pizzas with Tomato sauce then you’ll love this.
Pizza making is a fun activity that brings people together. Whether you’re a group of friends, family or coworkers, it’s an interactive and social activity that allows everyone to get creative with their toppings and make their own personalized pizza.
Plus, it’s a great way to bond and spend time together while creating something tasty. You can make the dough from scratch or use pre-made dough, and have a mini pizza making party. It’s a great activity for kids and adults alike, everyone can get involved and have fun.
Making pizza together is a great way to break the ice and get to know each other if you are in a new group. Whether you are experienced or new to making pizza, it’s a fun and tasty way to bring people together and make memories.
Pizza in Turkey
Turkish cuisine uses lamb Meat, followed by cattle and Chicken Meat, plus many local vegetables. These include garlic, Potatoes, zucchini, Tomato, Spinach, Onion, eggplant, cauliflower, Green Beans, chickpeas and lentils.
Take a look at some of the other pizzas from Turkey here.
Pastirma Pizza Recipe
Below we’ve put together a recipe for you to make your own homemade Pastirma Pizza either in your pizza oven or your usual oven.
Pastirma Pizza Ingredients
Choose enough of the toppings that you will need for the amount of pizzas you plan to make. The dough and sauce amounts below are for 3-4 medium sized pizzas, so scale up or down, based on your requirements.
Simple Pizza dough
- 2 tsps (7 g sachet) dried yeast
- 1 cup (250 ml) luke-warm water
- 400 g (2 2/3 cups) 00 or pizza flour
- 2 tsps salt
- 3 tbsps (1/4 cup) olive oil
Pastirma Pizza Toppings
Toppings used in this pizza recipe, are;
- Olive Oil
Easy Tomato Pizza Sauce
- 1 can (15oz/420g) tomatoes, whole or crushed
- 1 can (6oz/170g) tomato paste
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1/4 a small onion
- 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 1 tsp salt
Want to try a different sauce? See our article on the different types of pizza sauces.
You can click on any of the tags at the bottom of this page, to find other pizzas besides Pastirma Pizza, that use that topping.
Pizza Dough Method
You purchase a premade pizza base at your local store, or if you have time, make your own homemade dough following the simple steps below.
- Whisk the lukewarm water and yeast in a plastic or glass jug. Let mixture stand for five minutes.
- Add salt and flour in a large bowl. Create a hollow well in the middle and gently pour the liquid yeast mixture and oil.
- Using a spatula, or your hands, mix the dough really well until smooth. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for five minutes.
- Lightly oil a bowl, and place dough in it and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes to an hour, or until it doubles in size.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for another 5 minutes or until smooth.
- Sprinkle a little flour on the bench before rolling to prevent dough from sticking.
- Divide the dough into balls, and roll out bases to desired size.
TIP: We have other dough recipes if you would like to try your hand at sourdough, poolish or more.
Tomato Pizza Sauce Method
Want to make your own pizza sauce? Follow the simple steps outlined below.
- Add ingredients in a large bowl, and stir or blend well.
- Ensure all ingredients are mixed together well.
- Keep mixture sitting for five minutes.
- Your sauce is now ready. Enjoy!
- Keep sauce in fridge or freeze for future use.
If you want to make the pizza-making process more efficient, make the sauce the day before and store it in the refrigerator.
Preparing Pastirma Pizza
Preheat your oven to roughly 500 degrees.
Roll out the dough to either slightly smaller than your pizza stone or tray.
Alternatively, if you have a pizza peel, roll out to be smaller than that.
You start by spreading the sauce around. This pizza calls for Tomato Sauce. Spread the Tomato Sauce evenly using the back of a large spoon or ladle.
Then start adding the largest ingredients, then work your way down. The last is any cheese topping, such as Mozzarella, which you should evenly cover the other toppings with, and then finally any herbs.
Toppings to put on this pizza are;
- Olive Oil
I find this pizza flavorsome by itself, yet why not enjoy it with a simple side dish?
Put the Pastirma pizza on the middle shelf of the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, open the door and check the pizza.
This pizza should take approximately 15 minutes, however allow it to cook to personal taste.
About Olive Oil
Olive Oil has been used in cooking for at least 5,000 years. Since Olives are technically a fruit, that makes Olive Oil a fruit Juice. The Olives are crushed like other fruits; oranges, lemons etc to get the Oil.
One olive tree can last up to 2,000 years, and can produce 30 kilos of Olives, which makes roughly 4 litres of Oil every year. Medical studies have shown that consuming olive Oil daily helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good one (HDL).
When making Pastirma Pizza, I suggest you just use what you have available, without spending any money. My recommended basic pizza tool list is…
OK, not really pizza related, but a good chef apron makes me feel the part when I am making my pizzas. I’d probably wear a chef hat if I got one too!
A pastry brush is vital if you need to ever coat your dough in water, oil, eggs or more. They are cheap to have and very handy to use.
If you ever coat your dough in water, oil, eggs or more, then you need a pastry brush. These brushes tend to be cheap to have and very handy to use.
Pastirma is one of the most unique and flavorful pizza toppings in existence. Originating from Eastern Europe and the Middle East, pastirma is a type of spiced, cured beef or lamb that has been dry-aged for weeks.
The flavor is intense and salty, with hints of garlic and cumin. Though it is traditionally served as an appetizer or sandwich meat, pastirma can add a delightful kick to any type of pizza when combined with other ingredients.
Want to store some leftovers after your meal? Here are a few tips.
Chill in the fridge
You can keep pizza in plastic wrap or a container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
How to reheat
There are many ways to reheat pizza. We cover seven of them in this article.
Can you freeze pizza?
You can freeze pizza for up to three months, however I’d suggest consuming it within the first few weeks, ideally.
Keen on seeing more than Pastirma pizza? We have plenty of other Meat pizza recipes to look at, as well. Enjoy!
Pizza making FAQ
Below we’ve compiled the most common pizza making questions and provided expert answers. Are you looking for how to make awesome pizza at home? Please read on!
How to cook pizza in the microwave?
Microwaving pizza gets a bad wrap, however try adding a glass of water when you zap a slice. The water works to help avoid the usual sogginess of microwaved pizza.
Why is my dough not stretching?
Pizza dough won’t stretch much until it has rested long enough to use. If your dough is resisting your stretching attempts, you need to let your dough rest at room temperature for at least another half hour or so.
How come some pizza dough recipes include sugar and others do not?
Some people use sugar to give the yeast a helping hand growing at the start. A dough made without added sugar and risen slowly will often produce a beautiful brown crust. However, many people want pizza dough to be ready faster, then they suggest added sugar, which helps the yeast to grow and gives some browning to the crust.
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