We have an Uruguayan friend (but she’s been living in Brazil for a really long time) and last time we had dinner at her house she made Lehmeyun!
I told her I would like to share the recipe and she not only sent me the recipe but also explained a little about the influence of Armenian cuisine in Uruguay.
According to her, after the First World War many Armenians came to South America, especially to Uruguay. They ended up staying there, most of them in the capital, Montevideo. And Lehmeyun (also Lahmajoun) became a traditional Uruguayan dish!
But what is exactly Lehmeyun? It is a round, thin piece of dough (like a flatbread) topped with a mixture of ground beef, onions, tomatoes and some spices. I checked on the internet and many people eat it like pizza, but at Susana’s house we always eat it making a roll, like a burrito. And always with some squeezed lime on top!
- 2 lb (1 kg) ground beef
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium onions, cut into chunks
- 3 garlic cloves, cut in half
- 3 tomatoes cut into large pieces
- 1 green pepper, cut into medium pieces
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Tabasco sauce to taste
- ⅓ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 limes
- 10 flatbreads
- In a pan heat the oil over medium heat, add onions and garlic cloves. Cook until golden brown.
- Add the ground beef and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes and green pepper.
- Cook and stir once in a while until the green pepper is cooked.
- Add salt, pepper and tabasco sauce to taste.
- When mixture is ready, add the chopped parsley.
- Let it cool a little and then put the mixture in a food processor and mix until everything is finelly chopped, but not like a spread.
- Spread a generous portion of this mixture on each flatbread and take them to the oven for 2-3 minutes.
- Squeeze some lime juice on top and eat up!
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