On Sunday afternoon last week, Mike and Miss A went on a little father-daughter excursion. Miss A wore her favorite “fancy” dress and Mike put on a button down shirt, and the two headed out to see a dance recital version of the Wizard of Oz. Miss A was absolutely in her glory. (I think Mike was too. 😉 )
So while Mike and Miss A were off for an afternoon on the town, Mr. N and I took on our next Armenian recipe, an Armenian Lahmajoun. The lahmajoun is similar to a pizza, but without the cheese. We started the recipe with an onion, butter and garlic.
First we chopped the green pepper, mint and parsley in the processor. We then tossed in the ground beef and tomato as well as a bit of unsalted tomato sauce. Now some of the recipes we came across for lahmajoun suggested simply pulsing the processor to leave the topping a bit more chunky. Other recipes, however, suggested processing the ingredients to an almost hummus-like consistency. I opted for the hummus-like route since I thought it was more likely the kids would eat it if they couldn’t see the actual peppers, tomato and onion.
With the topping ready, we rolled out our pizza dough into about a dozen very thin, eight-inch rounds. We used a semolina pizza dough we had thawed from the freezer, but any pizza dough recipe would work. If you need a time saver, you could always use flour tortillas to save some time as well.
Mike and Miss A got back just in time for dinner with many tales of witches, ruby red shoes and a dog with a wagging tail. Miss A was so busy telling us all about her “date with daddy” that she didn’t even question was she was about to dig into. After her first bite she said, “Huh. I like it. Six spoons.” Mike also enjoyed his and gave them a strong 3-1/2 spoons.
Mr. N and I also enjoyed the cheese-less pizza, but not quite as much as Mike and Miss A. He and I gave the dish 2-1/2 spoons. It was good and definitely had some interesting flavors, but not something we’d choose to eat again. Mike on the other hand, has enjoyed the leftovers throughout the week.
We also ended up with some leftover topping, so we mixed in some breadcrumbs and made garden-beef burgers. Mike gave those a solid 4 spoons. He ate them inside a pita with a dash of Cholula and couldn’t stop raving. Looks like we all ended up with some delicious stuffed pitas this week.
Print this recipe: Armenian Lahmajoun