Asparagus Pide

Asparagus Pide

Prep Time: 1 hrs 40 mins Cook Time: 15 hrs Servings: 6 servings Source:


  • Dough
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 3/4 ounces sourdough starter or poolish (about 3 tablespoons) (see Note)
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast (such as Fleischmann’s)
  • 4 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons bread flour (about 19 3/8 ounces), plus more for sprinkling and dusting
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Filling
  • 12 1/2 low-moisture whole-milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 3 cups)
  • 4 1/4 ounces double-cream feta cheese (or regular feta stirred into 1 tablespoon heavy cream) (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 3/4 pounds fresh asparagus spears (about 40 spears), trimmed and halved crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon garlic-infused olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Additional Ingredients
  • Semolina flour, for dusting
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup torn mixed fresh herbs (such as flat-leaf parsley, mint, and dill)
  • 3/4 cup mild ajvar (bell pepper and eggplant spread)
  • 3/4 cup kaymak, clotted cream, or sour cream
  • Grated lemon zest, for garnish



Pide, which originated in Turkey, is a chewy, airy flatbread that welcomes a variety of fillings. This version is topped with melty, tangy cheese; Aleppo pepper–spiced asparagus; and fresh herbs. You can find taze kaşar (a semi-hard cheese), ajvar (pepper and eggplant spread), and kaymak (thickened cream) at most Mediterranean or Middle Eastern markets.


Make the dough

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and lightly sprinkle with bread flour; set aside. Beat 1 1/2 cups cold water, sourdough starter, and yeast with a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment on medium-low speed until combined, about 10 seconds. With mixer running on medium-low speed, gradually add bread flour and salt, beating until all dry ingredients are incorporated, about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Increase mixer speed to medium, and beat until dough is smooth, elastic, and tacky, 7 to 8 minutes. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide dough evenly into 6 balls (about 5 3/4 ounces each), and arrange 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Lightly dust dough balls with bread flour, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 12 hours or overnight. (The dough will double in size and flatten slightly.)

Make the filling

Beat taze kaşar and feta with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until well combined and creamy, about 2 minutes. Set aside. Toss together asparagus pieces, garlic-infused olive oil, Aleppo pepper, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl until asparagus is evenly coated. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 500°F with a baking steel or stone about 6 inches from heat. (Alternatively, preheat a pizza oven to medium-high for 10 minutes according to manufacturer’s instructions.)

Roll the Dough

Working with 1 dough ball at a time, remove dough from refrigerator, and transfer to a lightly floured (with bread flour) work surface. Roll dough into a 7- x 11-inch oval.

Spread with Cheese

Spread 1/3 cup cheese mixture over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Gently fold 2 long edges of dough in and over cheese mixture, making sure not to press dough down.

Shape Dough, and Add Asparagus

Pinch corners to seal, creating a canoe shape. Arrange 12 to 14 asparagus halves diagonally on cheese. Brush crust with garlic-infused olive oil.

Bake and Garnish

Transfer pide to a semolina-dusted pizza peel or a rimless baking sheet. Slide pide directly onto hot baking steel. Immediately increase oven temperature to broil. Broil pide until top is lightly charred and bottom is golden brown, about 4 minutes, using peel to rotate pide 90 degrees halfway through baking time. (Alternatively, slide pide directly into preheated pizza oven. Cook until top edges are puffed and charred in spots and bottom has brown spots, 2 to 3 minutes, using peel to rotate pide 90 degrees every 20 to 30 seconds. Without removing pide from pizza oven, turn off oven. Cook pide until bottom is golden brown, about 45 seconds.) Remove pide from oven, and brush crust with some of the melted butter. Repeat process with remaining dough, filling, asparagus, oil, and melted butter, returning standard oven or pizza oven to temperature between batches.

Top pide evenly with mixed fresh herbs. Dollop each with 2 tablespoons ajvar and 2 tablespoons kaymak. Garnish with lemon zest. Serve hot, brushing with extra olive oil, if desired.


These fluffy and lightly charred flatbreads are filled with melty cheese and tender asparagus, and topped with fresh herbs.

Make Ahead - Cheese filling can be made 3 days ahead
Wine - Gruner Veltiliner
Note - to make foolish, stir together 3/4 cup of bread flour (3 1/4oz). 1/2 cup warm water (about 80 degrees) (4oz) and a pinch of active dry yeast (about 1/16 teaspoon) in a medium bowl. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel. let ferment at cool room temperature (65 degrees) until mixture increases 2 1/2 to 3 times in volume. about 12 hours.

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