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This is a classic Middle-Eastern open-faced mini pie, yet at the same time, it’s so much more! Lebanese Veggie Pizza (Pie) is similar to its sister, spinach pies, but with a twist.
This recipe has more veggies and the dough remains open for eyes to feast on the beautiful colors of the veggie mixture!
The mix of fresh parsley, tomatoes, onions, olive oil, lemon, sumac, and dried mint marry so perfectly and become one with the dough.
A Pie of Deliciousness!
It was inspired by a well-known bakery where I was born and raised called Golden Bakery.
I first made this recipe after I had recently gotten married. My best friend was visiting and we were craving this, so I tried it out by reconstructing it! It turned out perfect and I have been making it ever since!
Prepare the Best Dough for Lebanese Veggie Pie
Making dough can sometimes be a turnoff for some people. Many times I hear people say, or read in the comments, I can’t get my dough to rise. Or, I just can’t seem to get the dough recipe right.
First, my Ten Minute All-Purpose Dough recipe is a recipe you can’t go wrong with. Give it a try and I guarantee you won’t use any other dough recipe!
Second, the way you prepare your pizza dough inevitably affects the outcome. So, to begin with, it’s important to follow the steps in the order written.
Next, yeast is a sensitive ingredient and you need to activate and ferment it with care.
What do you need to know to ensure this happens? Well, water at 81° to 100°F is the optimum temperature range for the fermentation process.
Water at 95°F is the fermentation temperature that yields the best result. Water at 140°F or higher is the kill zone for yeast. So, when a recipe calls for warm water (or milk), remain closer to the 81°- 95° F temperature range.
If you’re using a dough recipe that calls for 30 minutes or more resting time, that means that the dough will need plenty of kneading while preparing it.
Kneading any dough in general is an essential step since that’s how the ingredients get appropriately mixed together.
But most recipes require at least 8-10 minutes, if not more, of carefully kneading the dough (many times by hand). Another perk of the Ten Minute All-Purpose Dough recipe is just how much time and effort is saved!
The Pies Are a Must-Try!
Mini Lebanese Veggie Pizza Pie
If the pictures don’t tell a story of their own, then I’ll let you in on a few secrets about what makes these mini-pies so special.
When mixing the veggies for the topping, you ensure an extra pang of tanginess. This is mainly because, in the baking process, some of the lemon juice will evaporate and reduce the kick of acidity.
Every bite is filled with bursting with a balance of savory and sour zest! Add a drizzle of pomegranate molasses and enjoy a savory pie. For a spicy kick, add some chili flakes.
Depending on how you like your dough, your base can be soft or crunchy. For a crispier dough, roll out the mini pies as thinly as your rolling pin and hands will help you.
Rolling it out semi-thin ensures the base will get a bit of a crunch but will still have a softness below the veggie mixture. The softness of the veggies on top of a crunch in the dough makes for a texture combo your mouth will thoroughly enjoy!
Veggie Pies Bursting with Flavors!
Make Your Own Veggie Pie Version
This can easily be turned into a fatayer recipe. Fatayer are just closed dough stuffed with varying ingredients. You can fold the dough over the veggie mix and pinch it before putting them in the oven to bake.
If you’d like, you can add other veggies. You can put thyme leaves instead of parsley, cilantro, swiss chard, dandelion leaves/root, or any leafy green of your choice.
Bell peppers add an extra taste. You can use green pepper, red pepper, or both to add a beautiful color. You can add other vegetables like carrots, jalapenos, chopped black olives, green olives, or anything your heart desires that would add your favorite flavors or textures to this mix.
Some people may spread a little tahini sauce, tomato sauce, or pizza sauce on the dough, add the veggies, and then sprinkle zaatar (ground thyme mixed with sumac and sesame seeds) over the top before putting them in the oven.
Others add a little mozzarella cheese, halloumi cheese, or feta cheese to the top of the veggie mix before they broil it. For meat lovers, you can even add some ground beef or shredded chicken into the mix if you want a heartier take on the Lebanese Veggie Pizza recipe.
Beautiful Golden Brown Dough with Colorful Veggies
How to Serve Lebanese Veggie Pies
It is usually served as a main breakfast option with other mini pies or on its own.
What a great idea for a brunch or late afternoon snack with some French fries with your best friend.
You can serve it as an appetizer before lunch with yogurt sauce.
Veggie pizza is a great addition to a party table or guest dinner table.
It is also a great on-the-go snack or travel treat for road trips.
Use these pies for a perfect edible decoration on a lunch board next to some lemon wedges and pita chips.
Lebanese veggie pies are suitable for a kid-friendly school lunch or snack.
Tips You Should Know
Use leftover veggie mix as a dipping salsa for chips, crackers, or other mini-pies. Or, put it into a larger zaatar or cheese pie and roll it into a sandwich. You can also spread it on pita bread and bake it as well. Yum!!
You can keep using the open-face version but add a crust by fringing the sides over the edges of the veggie mix.
Veggie pizza pies last for two days at room temperature in mild weather, and up to a week in a container in the fridge.
Do not freeze because the veggie mixture will become soggy and go bad.
You can prepare a double or a triple batch to please a larger crowd.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pies are where mixtures are laid onto the dough and left open. Fatayer are closed pies, with either folded dough pinched at the top or folded over and pinched on the sides.
The dough is very simple and easy to make! Check out this Quick Dough recipe that requires 5 simple ingredients.
Fresh parsley is absolutely delicious on savory pizza. The freshness of chopped parsley will elevate the taste of any dish, including pizza.
Lebanese Veggie Pizza (Pie)
Here is what you need to prepare the best Lebanese Veggie Pizza Pie. Check the recipe card for the detailed steps.
List of Ingredients
- Fresh tomatoes
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice (or citric acid)
- Dried mint
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The Best Lebanese Veggie Pizza
- 1 bunch parsley , chopped
- ¼ of a medium onion, diced
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- juice of a medium lemon, (or 1 teaspoon citric acid)
- 1 tablespoon dried mint
- 2 teaspoons sumac
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Chop the parsley, onion, and tomatoes then place in a medium-sized bowl.
- Taste the veggie mix and adjust to your liking. It should taste tangy since that sourness will decrease once they are baked.
- Drain the water from the veggies.
- Spread the veggies onto your round prepared dough. Bake 450 F for 11-13 minutes!
- Broil on high for 1 minute.