Turkish pide, often hailed as pizza, is made two ways with different fillings. Learn about the favorite street food and try this recipe no matter where you are.
By Samantha Ferraro
Pide is also known as Turkish pizza. We saw it all over the streets of Istanbul. Bright colorful pictures of elongated meat filled pies. They called it “pizza” and I was surprised that an Eastern country was selling pizza. I don’t remember eating that when I was little.
So truth be told, we didn’t have Turkish pide. Instead we stuffed ourselves full of borek, baklava and kofta. Not that that was a bad thing, we ate very, very well. And honestly (and ignorantly), the word “pizza” was the last thing I wanted to have when visiting a country such as Turkey. I would walk by the vendors and they would ask us if we wanted pizza. No, I’m in Turkey, I don’t want pizza…do you have kofte?
And finally a week goes by as we are flying back to the States and it is then that I realize the significance of pide. I look up my bucket list of food items I wrote down for the trip, making sure we crossed off as much as we did. And what’s on there…Turkish pide. Oh why? It is perfect comfort food. A popular treat and I missed out. I missed out…why? because I was too ignorant to eat pizza in Turkey. So like the borek and kofte, I attempt to revive moments we missed out on and remake flavors and memories at home in good ol’ Cali.
I am still oogling over that plump yolk. However, it was the meat filled pide that was more popular (or one I noticed more) in the native country. For fun, as you can see, I made 2 different fillings. One has a simple cheese mixture and topped with a perfectly soft yolk. And here’s a tip: When cracking the egg yolk into the small well of your pide, you may want to consider either using a smaller egg or removing some of the white from the egg. If it is too big, the egg white will spill over. Taste wouldn’t be effected, just for aesthetics. The other filling was my favorite. Chopped meat sautéed with peppers, tomatoes and paprika.Print
Samantha Ferraro is the food blogger and photographer for The Little Ferraro Kitchen. Samantha comes from a diverse background and is originally from Brooklyn NY, until she turned to the island life and moved to Hawaii. Now Samantha blogs about world cuisine recipes made easy in Southern California with her Italian husband and their dog Hula. When she’s not blogging or making a mess in the kitchen, you can find her traveling the world for recipe inspiration.