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Old 05-01-2012, 07:29 AM   #1
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Delightful recipe from Rick Steins Mediterranean Escapes book.

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:50 AM   #2
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I love this recipe too, it is fab done with beef as well, sometimes I find the minced lamb a bit greasy
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:37 AM   #3
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My daughter and I made these a while back.
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How is this different from a sloppy Joe?
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Nice one Andy.

Taxlady - what is a sloppy Joe please?
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Nice one Andy.

Taxlady - what is a sloppy Joe please?
A sloppy Joe is a meaty pasta sauce on bread or a bun.

I was really trying to ask what is lahmacun.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:19 PM   #7
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Lamejun (spellings differ) is a very thin circle of dough with a finely ground spiced meat mixture applied to it then baked. In my experience, the dough is thinner than a flat bread, similar to an egg roll wrapper. A sloppy joe is a bun that's already cooked topped with a meat sauce that's already cooked. The bread and the meat portions of the sloppy joe are completely different.
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Lamejun (spellings differ) is a very thin circle of dough with a finely ground spiced meat mixture applied to it then baked. In my experience, the dough is thinner than a flat bread, similar to an egg roll wrapper. A sloppy joe is a bun that's already cooked topped with a meat sauce that's already cooked. The bread and the meat portions of the sloppy joe are completely different.
Thank you. Now we need a recipe.

What language is that word in originally? A language with a non-Roman alphabet?
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The region where this food originated uses a Cyrillic alphabet. Thus food and other items often are presented with differing spellings based on phonetics.

Lamejun is common throughout the Near East. My background is Armenian so to me it's an Armenian dish. If you look at the Rick Stein version and check out a YouTube video, he talks about its being a Turkish street food.

The truth is, foods don't recognize political borders and travel freely around a region. Lamejun is part of Armenian, Turkish and other cuisines. The same applies to other regional foods such as paklava/baklava which is often presented as a Greek dish. It's not a Greek or Armenian or Turkish dish. It's a regional dish. Sometimes it's made with a honey based sauce and pistachios and sometimes with a simple syrup and walnuts. Dolmades is a dish in Greek cuisine - stuffed grape leaves often topped with a lemon sauce. Dolma is an Armenian dish of stuffed grape leaves topped with a yogurt sauce. Similar but different.
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