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Tri-Color Pepper Pita Pizza with Armenian Basturma

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This was a quick weeknight dinner when I found out my brother-in-law and sister-in-law wanted to stop by.  They did offer to bring food with them, but I had an itch to create something quick.  Besides, sometimes ordering food, or stopping by to get food can take longer than when you try making something at home.

I really liked how these pizzas came together.  If you’re vegetarian, you can leave out the basturma.  Also, if you have never had basturma, it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. Every time I eat it, I feel like I am committing a sin.  I mean, you have to really stop from eating it.  The sin part is that it’s red salty cured beef and I am pretty sure it’s not that good for you, plus it can make you stink.

No Joke. Read on to find out why…

The spices that are covered around the edges of the meat can make a person stink after having too many.  One day, I remember when I was pregnant and came home from work and all I felt like eating was basturma – I just put several slices  in a nice loaf of bread and started eating without any other add-ons.  After 10 slices, my husband did not want to come near me.  Pretty funny right?

I think my tolerance level is about 2 to 3.   Also,  It’s not cheap – it’s around $10.00/lb.  The texture of basturma is similar to a prosciutto, but it’s saltier.  However, if you can’t find basturma, prosciutto is a good alternative.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a tasty day!

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  • http://www.creativelydomestic.com Creatively Domestic

    This is a very simple yet good looking recipe. I like how you saute the vegetables before putting in on the pizza. I’m sure this gives a sweeter taste to the pizza. Thanks for the post.

    Creatively Domestic – Simple Cooking

  • http://www.giverecipe.com Zerrin

    This pizza sounds fantastic! Wish I could have a slice. We have pastirma here in Turkey and I guess it's the same as your basturma. Their spellings are so alike, aren't they? I love it, but I don't eat it often as I don't want to stink. You know even your hair starts to stink. We (husband and I) generally prefer eating it if we are at home.

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Did not know about the hair – how funny. I think the amount used in this recipe should not make anyone stink.

  • http://cookreadrun.com Allie @ CookReadRun

    Thanks for friending me on FoodBuzz 🙂
    This looks delicious. I can't wait to read more!

  • Stksylva12

    This is delicious for mezza. There really isn't an Armenian that doesn't like basturma. That chaiman paste, all garlicky and spicy which forms a dry skin on the surface of the meat is to die for. I say it is similar to Italian pepperoni , we add it in scrambled eggs sometimes. This is a great recipe Adelina, I will try it next time. Sylvia

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Yes, Love it with scrambled eggs. Mezza is a great idea!

  • http://www.theardentepicure.com/ Magic of Spice

    Oh, pita pizza what a great idea…love the flavors, I am not a meat eater so I would have to skip the beef…but yum:)

  • http://chefwanabe.com Anna

    Yummmmm, pita pizza, easy and delicious. It become very crunchy, I love it.

  • Marisa Musto

    That is so funny how the basturma can make you stink! I've never had it before. I love learning all of these new things about Armenian food through your blog!

  • http://twitter.com/shescookin Priscilla Willis

    I've never tried basturma, but I'll look for it – sounds intriguing – although I don't want to stink 🙂

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    You should consider trying, even if you stink… : ) it's worth it. I am just kidding. A few slices will not make you stinky… it's only if you eat many.

  • chefdennis

    I have never heard of basturma, sounds interesting!! your pizza looks very good!

  • http://twitter.com/fromBAtoParis cristina lasarte

    Can't wait to try this basturma!!! I eat incredible quantities of garlic….so I'm ready for the challenge !!! ;D

  • Baking Serendipity

    I've never had basturma before. Definitely going to have to keep my eye out for it. And I definitely hear you on the take-out thing. Minus the dishes left at the end, I do feel like it's quicker, cheaper and often healthier too, to make my own meals at home.

  • http://bakerwanabe.com Anna

    I've never had basturma before, the color of your pizza is amazing, and pita bread can get very crunchy I love it.

  • http://mydanishkitchen.com/ Gitte

    I have never heard of Basturma before but it sounds wonderful…except for the stinky part 🙂 that’s very funny.Your pizza looks very delicious.

  • http://www.tasteofbeirut.com tasteofbeirut

    My favorite pizza is Armenian pizza, precisely because of the mixture of peppers and spices; I love yours and I am so looking forward to a foray into the Armenian neighborhood in Beirut for some basturma and sujuk sandwiches!

  • http://cajunchefryan.rymocs.com/blog2/ Cajun Chef Ryan

    Oh, the Armenian Basturma is an exotic ingredient I am going to have to search down!

    This sounds great!

    Bon appetit!

  • Juliana

    Oh! Love the idea of the pita bread as pizza…and the trio peppers look fabulous…yummie!

  • http://www.mission-food.com Victoria

    Love your use of basturma on pizza! I’m a big fan of basturma myself! Have you ever tried the kind without the chaman on the edges? It’s supposed to make you not stink, haha 🙂

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks Victoria! I have tried them without the chaman, but still feel like I may stink if I don’t limit myself. 🙂

  • http://www.cheftomcooks.com Chef Tom

    Where can I get basturma -cured Armenian beef ?

  • Adelina Badalyan

    You can find them either in Armenian or Middle Eastern markets. If you don’t have access to this stores in your area, I would suggest searching online. Here is a link of a popular LA based Basturma maker. http://www.littlearmenia.com/stores/basturma/ if you are interested in ordering online.



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