Stuffed pide is one of the most common and inexpensive foods you can find for sale in Turkey. It is usually referred to as simply “pide” but I am calling it “stuffed pide” here to distinguish it from the other kind of pide (which is a plain, round bread that is also extremely common).
Stuffed pide is basically a long, thin dough that is filled with toppings, folded, and then baked in an extremely hot oven for just a few minutes. Some people describe it as similar to pizza. It comes in many different forms. Some of the most common types of stuffed pide are: ground beef, plain cheese, and spinach & egg.
I created this recipe to offer a healthier way to enjoy stuffed pide. It uses whole wheat flour and seasonal produce, resulting in a more nutritious and satisfying meal.
Makes 5 small pide
Whole-wheat pide dough:
- Whole wheat flour 3 cups (360 grams)
- White flour 1 cup + more for dusting/kneading (125 grams)
- Yeast 1 tsp (7 grams)
- Salt 1 tsp (6 grams)
- Sugar 1 tsp (5 grams)
- Warm water 1 ½ cups (375 ml)
- Butter for greasing bowl
- Lor peyniri* 9 oz (250 grams)
- Roasted figs 8 each
- Blackberries 30-40 each
- Arugula 1 bunch
*You may substitute with beyaz peynir or feta (or another white, crumbly cheese of your choice!)
- Combine whole-wheat flour, all purpose flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in a bowl.
- Add warm water and stir with a wooden spoon until you have a soft dough.
- Place into a covered, buttered container and allow to rise for 1-2 hours in a warm place. It should at least double in size.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit (200 degrees Celsius) with your baking dish inside. The dish should be hot when you put the pide on it to achieve a crusty bottom.
- Punch down dough and knead for 1-2 minutes. Cut into 5 equal pieces.
- Roll each piece into a thin oval.
- Add 1/5 of the cheese and 1 ½ roasted figs (cut into slices) to each pide.
- Fold in the edges of the dough and taper the ends to make a pide-shape.
- Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until dough becomes golden brown.
- Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, and then add 6-8 blackberries and arugula.
- Cut and serve!
Tips & Additional Information
- If you do not have access to fresh figs, you can use dried figs and re-hydrate them by simmering them in a little bit of water for a few minutes. You may also use a fig-puree, which is different than jam because it does not contain added sugars.
- Try adding chopped walnuts to the top for extra flavor and nutrition!