Pide rolls with roast lamb and beetroot


  • Serves 20 people

This pide is inspired by a Greg Malouf recipe. You could start it a day ahead to marinate the lamb.

  • 2 tbsp rosemary
  • 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 125 ml (½ cup) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dried mint
  • 1 tbsp lemon myrtle
  • 1.6 kg lamb shoulder, bone removed
  • 120 gm red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 small beetroot, coarsely grated
  • ½ cup (firmly packed) mint
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 260 gm (1 cup) store-bought hummus
  • Pide rolls
  • 14 gm (2 sachets) dried yeast
  • 480 gm strong bread flour
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten, for eggwash
  • 2 tbsp nigella seeds, for scattering
01   Crush rosemary, garlic, lemon rind and 1 tsp sea salt flakes using a mortar and pestle. Transfer to a large bowl, add lemon juice, 60ml oil, mint and lemon myrtle, then add lamb and rub marinade into meat. Refrigerate for flavours to develop (6 hours or overnight).
02   For pide rolls, combine yeast with 125ml warm water in a bowl, stir to combine and set aside until foamy (5 minutes). Add 90gm flour to the yeast mixture and stir to combine. Sprinkle with a little more flour, cover with a tea towel and set aside until very foamy and doubled in size (1 hour). Combine remaining flour and 1 tsp sea salt flakes in the bowl of an electric mixer, form a well in the centre, add yeast mixture, olive oil and 250ml warm water, and knead with dough hook attachment until a wet dough forms (8 minutes). Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and set aside until doubled in size (1 hour). Roll into 20 balls, then transfer to oven trays lined with baking paper, leaving space between each. Cover with a tea towel and set aside until slightly puffed (25-30 minutes). Press each with your hands to flatten, brush with eggwash, scatter with nigella seeds and bake until golden and cooked through (7-10 minutes). Set aside to cool.
03   Preheat oven to 180C. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add lamb and cook, turning once, until golden (3-4 minutes each side). Transfer to a tray lined with baking paper and roast until cooked to your liking (20-25 minutes for medium rare). Set aside to rest.
04   Combine cabbage, beetroot, mint, vinegar and remaining oil in a bowl and season to taste.
05   To serve, halve the rolls and spread both tops and bases with hummus. Top with thin slices of lamb and cabbage mixture, and season to taste.
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