Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Eastern Mediterranean Pizzas (& Pitas)

August 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Posted in groups, savory things, tuesdays with dorie, yeast breads | 9 Comments
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eastern mediteranean pizza

Lord knows I’m not above making a pita pizza from time to time, but usually it’s out of sheer convenience (and sometimes out of desperation).  Before Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid’s Eastern Mediterranean Pizzas, I certainly wouldn’t have gone through the trouble of making my own pita dough for one.  Not that it was a hard dough to make or anything, but like any yeast bread, it does take time.

The topping for these pizzas is lamb (although I used ground turkey) sautéed with onions and garlic, tomatoes and pine nuts.  Mine wound up a little on the dry side, probably because I used cherry tomatoes, which didn’t give off much juice.  I tried to jazz up my finished pizza with some feta and chopped scallions, but if I make it again, I’ll make sure the topping has just a touch of sauciness to coat the meat.

The bread dough has a fair amount of whole wheat flour in it, which gives it a slightly nutty taste.  The recipe calls for baking individual pizzas, but I made a double-sized one instead and baked it on my pizza stone.

Since I had to make pita dough before I could make the base of my pizza, I went ahead and made some actual pita breads with it as well.  And then we had warm pita and hummus snack.  I was quite pleased that my pitas puffed enough to get a pocket– my husband initially didn’t believe that I made these, as I always get my pitas at the great Damascus Bakery here in Brooklyn.  The next morning, I took my last homemade pita, opened its pocket, and made a fried egg sandwich out of it.  Tasty!

pitas

We’re going without hosts now for TWD, so for the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan. There’s also a video of Jeffery and Naomi making the dough and pizzas with Julia.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

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  1. Yum! Your pizza looks great. I love the idea of doing an egg sandwich.

  2. luckily for us, it is tomato season and the tomatoes really made the topping special. pitas are so easy to make in a cast iron skillet, it didn’t heat the kitchen quite as much as the oven would have.

  3. Nicely done! I like the scallions on the pizza…makes it looks even more appealing!
    I loved making the pita breads. I was so excited and amazed at how well they turned out. And I truly can’t wait to make the pitas again. :)

  4. The scallions really add pop to our pizza! The photo of the pitas and hummus is beautiful.

  5. I missed this one but I wish I had done it now the pita breads look fantastic!

  6. Yum, looks fantastic!

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  7. Your pizza recipe looks exotic. Can’t wait to try it.

  8. What a lovely idea, my toddler loves pizza, will try a vegetarian version of this x

  9. this looks SO delicious! I reckon my kids would love this – I am going to try it out!


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