Meat-Stuffed Flatbread

October 23, 2011

Gyzzyrma gutap is the Turkmen name for stuffed “half-moon” flatbreads that are cooked in a pan over the stove. Gutap can also be baked in the oven (in this case, make the dough thicker) or deep-fried in oil.

Gyzzyrma Gutap – Meat-Stuffed Flatbread

Makes 10 gutaps

For the filling:

  • 500 g ground beef or lamb
  • 1 onion, ground or finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 6 tablespoons water

For the dough:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 300 ml (1⅕ cups) warm water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 500 g (3⅓ cups) flour
  1. Mix all the filling ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, mix all the dough ingredients together and work to a soft dough. Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces and roll each piece between your palms into a ball. Cover the dough balls with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Place a pan over medium heat. Working with one ball of dough at a time, sprinkle some flour on the dough and roll it out to a circle of about 20 cm in diameter. Spread about 3 tablespoons of the filling over half of the circle, leaving a thin border. Fold the other half over to form a half-moon shape and press down along the edge to seal. Prick all over the top with a fork.
  4. Place the gutap in the hot pan and cook, flipping once, until browned in spots on both sides. While one gutap is cooking, prepare the next one. Serve straight off the pan.