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Middle Eastern Pizza – With Mince and Baharat Spice


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Middle Eastern Pizza – With Mince and Baharat Spice – Vegetarian Version Included

My Middle Eastern Pizza – is different. It is ‘Middle East’ inspired and uses ‘Baharat’ Spice. I usually make it using minced meat but I use  only vegetables when I’m going vegetarian. So you can take your pick. It’s an awesome recipe that I am sharing today.

Middle Eastern Pizza – With Mince and Baharat Spice

Recipe TypePizza / Middle Eastern
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Serves: 4

Ingredients:  for 1 large or 2 medium pizzas

For the Pizza Base:

  • ½ Tbsp fast acting yeast
  • ½Tbsp Castor sugar
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil

For the Home made Pizza Sauce:

  • 1 large onions, diced finely
  • 2 Cloves garlic or to taste -, miced finely
  • 3 large Tomatoes

For the minced toppings:

  • 1 ½ cups ground beef, rinsed well, drained
  • 2 onions, minced finely
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spices ( a combination of white and black pepper, paprika, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon)

Other toppings:

  • ½ a can of mushrooms, sliced ( or use fresh button mushrooms)
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into squares
  • ½ cup of black olives, sliced
  • 1½ cup of grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • Olive Oil, flour for dusting
  • Dried Oregano for sprinkling


 STEPS TO MAKE PIZZA Middle Eastern Pizza With Mince and Baharat Spice

Prepare the Crust:

  • Mix the yeast in sugar in exactly ½ cup of LUKEWARM water and set aside till frothy.
  • To a bowl, add the flour, salt and mix.
  • Add the frothy yeast solution as well as the olive oil.
  • Mix with a fork till the dough clumps together.
  • Then knead with hands till you get a nice smooth, elastic dough.
  • Form into a ball, rub a little olive oil on the surface.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and set aside for ½ hour
  • After half and hour, knock down genlty and spread into your pizza pan, that has been lightly oiled and sprinkled with flour. Spread to reach the edges of the pan.
  • Make little gashes in the pizza base with a table knife.
  • Allow to sit while you are chopping up the vegetable toppings.

Make the sauce and mince.

For the Pizza Sauce:

  • Boil the Tomatoes till pulpy and soft. Peel off the skin. Blend to a puree without water.
  • Add the onion and garlic to a pan with some olive oil and saute.
  • When golden, add the tomato puree, salt and pepper and cook down till you get a nice thickened sauce.
  • If using a microwave:
  • Add the onion, garlic and ½ Tbsp olive oil to a microwave safe bowl. Stir once..
  • Microwave on High, covered for 2 minutes.
  • Stir (careful while opening – hot steam).
  • Add the tomato puree ( do not add water), salt and pepper to taste and microwave covered on High for 5 minutes.
  • Open. Stir. Cover. Microwave on Medium for 7 minutes.
  • Check to see if thickened. Or cook a bit longer.

For the Pizza with Mince : Minced topping:

(For vegetarian version add the spice powder straight into the tomato sauce. )

  • Heat some olive oil.
  • Saute the onion and garlic till softened.
  • Add the mince. Saute and fry .
  • Add the spice powder and salt. Cook till done. Set Aside.




  • Preheat oven to 195ºc /383 ºF ( place pizza stone in oven if using)
  • Spread an even layer of sauce all over the base, I like to get it over the edges too.
  • Next, spread and even layer of mince all over – OMIT this for vegetarian pizza.
  • Place the sliced, mushroom, olives and bell pepper aesthetically over the pizza.
  • Sprinkle cheese over all the toppings. And sprinkle oregano last.  Sprinkle. Not too much.
  • Move the pan into the oven or slide onto the Pizza stone.
  • Bake for 10- 15 minutes( this varies from oven to oven , check to make sure the crust is cooked, I check with a fork) and don’t allow the bottom of the crust to go too dark, it should be a golden color.
  • Slide the pizza out of the oven and use a pizza cutter to slice.
  • Enjoy and let me know how it turned out for you. 🙂


Middle Eastern Pizza – With Mince and Baharat Spice

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Use a pizza stone, for better results.
Use non stick pizza pan, for easier lifting.



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