Saudi Lamb “Pizza” | Aysh abu Laham
While Saudi pizza has all the community benefits of slices everywhere, she lacks nuts and bolts westerners might expect, like tomato sauce and cheese. Instead, she’s loaded with earthy fennel and black caraway, lamb, and green onion. The fennel and the lamb combine to make a sausage-like flavor, while the green onions give a hint of spring in each bite. Traditionally, Saudi’s would mix the lamb with kurrath, not green onion. Kurrath is a cousin of garlic also known as spring leek, but I’ve never seen this in Oklahoma.
The pizza is served with a lemon, garlic, tahini sauce. A little drizzle adds subtle flavor to the meat and binds it all together.
One of our readers informed me that the Arab name, Aysh abu Laham literally translates to Bread, father of meat… or something like that… which is just about the coolest name I can think of.