Cheese Pide – Turkish Pizza

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Cheesy, gooey, and buttery, this Cheese Pide – Turkish Pizza is a delicious version of flatbread.

This recipe was originally posted in October 2015. I have taken new photos while the recipe and the blog post remain unchanged. This time I also tried using smoked mozzarella, and the result was fantastic!

I love traveling. Indeed, who doesn’t?

Definitely, I am always pumped to see the architecture, nature, and people of my destination. Besides, that’s about authentic food since it reflects history as well.

Indeed, that’s not necessarily should be authentic food. It could be associated with a particular country or season too. For example, Andrew and I were celebrating New Year 2009 in Stockholm. We hadn’t been in the European cities around Christmas before, and we were fascinated with that ambiance. Since that this time means Christmas markets, hot apple cider, and chestnuts. When we moved to Canada, I was happy to find out there’s a Christmas market here in Toronto. I don’t know why, but it reminds me of that beautiful time in Sweden.

When we come back home in January, I baked some Scandinavian style cookies. Well, most of the cookies representing different countries are quite similar. But in my book, every country deserves to have its own gingerbread or Christmas cookie recipe, right?

I really love the trip to Bulgaria with my sister and nephew which happened 11 years ago. Besides those beautiful warm days, mellow fruit, and interesting trips, we tried some lovely food. I don’t remember in details, but we obviously had flatbread with loads of melted cheese (kind of cheese boats). Again, you can find the similar recipes in many places, but there’s always something unique in each of them. At least, the name:) Plus, we tried a few times one wonderful dish name of which I cannot remember. I don’t remember the concept or at least some of the ingredients either. I assume that the dish included rice, chicken, pickled cucumbers (doesn’t sound weird yet?), and a blend of fragrant spices.

Before leaving, I bought a mixture of salt and spices which was called the salt of the Balkan or so. It smelled like that significant ingredient. Needless to say, for a year I would be using those spices trying to replicate the Bulgarian dish. It never turned out right, but the flavors were impeccable!

There’s another story. In 2011, Andrew and I were spending a week in Turkey. Even though there were some good restaurants around the hotel, we still loved to escape once in a while and try the food the locals eat.

That time I tried my first pide! As I clearly remember, Andrey had a meat pide while I grabbed a cheese one. That was scrumptious! I mean, how cannot be flatbread with different toppings good?

Do you know what happened once we got home?

Exactly! I made some cheese pide. They weren’t as good as in Turkey, but they still helped to extend that feeling of the recent trip.

4 years past, for long years. I don’t know what happened to me, but this summer, all of a sudden, I decided I’d love to make them again.

Cheese Pide is something you shouldn’t miss, especially if you’re a cheese or pizza lover! There’s no point to describe how good is that! I would help you, anyway: imagine mozzarella and feta blended together on a delicious crust.

And there’s a spoiler alert, guys. I might have (or might have not) made a meet pide as well. Thus, you may (or may not) see it soon on Havoc In The Kitchen. Just saying.

What about you, folks? What kind of food have you discovered during your trips and brought to your kitchen? Have you ever tried a pide? Do you know what I should adjust in this recipe to make it more authentic?

Pide with Smoked Mozzarella



11 thoughts on “Cheese Pide – Turkish Pizza

  1. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    I’ve never had these or knew the name but I do remember them in a bakery window when in Istanbul 2 years ago. I love these types of food and the mozzarella feta combo sounds wonderful Ben. Definitely going to try these Pide!
    I love to eat where and what the locals eat and in Cairo, Luxor and Xian, China we have had quite memorable meals. We are headed to India next March and I can’t wait to dig into the wonderful flavors there!
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  2. David @ Spiced says:

    I’ve never heard of pide before, but this sounds like it’s right up my alley! It’s like a pizza without the sauce. I’m ok with that, too. Cheese + bread = happiness! I’ll gladly sample the meat pide to make sure it tastes good before you post it…just offering that as an option! :-)
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  3. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    My favorite vacation to date has been Hawaii, and I cook with those flavors a lot in my kitchen. I’ve never been to Turkey, or anywhere in Europe. AND I’ve never had pide! It looks spectacular though! What’s not to love about melty mozzarella and feta on a crispy crust? YUM! This is an acceptable breakfast, right? Because I’m craving one! Cheers buddy and thanks for introducing me to something new!
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