Balkan Treat Box owner chef Loryn Nalic adapts a popular recipe for home cooks


One of the signature dishes of Balkan treat box, lahmacun, is a Turkish flatbread topped with savory ingredients. At the popular Webster Groves restaurant, flatbread is baked in a wood-fired oven and rolled up like a burrito. However, chef-owner Loryn Nalic has adapted the recipe for home cooks. This recipe can be made with ground beef or vegetarian cauliflower rice, just like the lahmacun offered at Balkan Treat Box. In both preparations, the flatbread derives its spicy, earthy flavor from The Spice Hunter® Spicy Garlic Global Fusion Rub.

To complete the recipe, search for The Spice Hunter® Spicy Garlic Global Fusion Rub in the spice aisle of your local Schnucks or Dierbergs store. (Chef’s tip: Choosing quality spices can make a huge difference in the outcome of your dish.)


Recipe from the chef and owner of the Balkan Treat Box, Loryn Nalic

For 4 people

  • 8 oz ground beef (or make a vegetarian version of the dish with cauliflower rice)
  • ½ sweet red pepper, seeded, sliced ​​into chunks
  • ½ small yellow onion, cut in half
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 5 sprigs of fresh parsley leaves, plus a little stem
  • 5 sprigs of fresh mint leaves
  • 1½ tablespoons The Spice Hunter® Spicy Garlic Global Fusion Rub
  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons Turkish red pepper paste or tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of water (omit if using cauliflower rice)
  • 4 thin pita breads
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Finely chopped fresh parsley and mint, for garnish
  • Sliced ​​onion, for garnish


  1. Set the oven broiler on high. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add ground beef or cauliflower rice to a large mixing bowl. Put aside.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, add the red peppers, onion, garlic, parsley, mint, Global Fusion Spicy Garlic Rub, salt, red pepper or tomato paste, olive oil and water if using ground beef, and mash. Add the mash to your ground beef or cauliflower and stir until well combined.
  4. Assemble lahmacun. Place four flatbreads on prepared baking sheets. Top each flatbread with about ¼ to ½ cup of the mixture. Spread it as thinly as possible to the edges.
  5. Broil for about five to seven minutes or until the meat mixture is cooked through.
  6. Squeeze just a little lemon juice on top and garnish with onions and herbs. Cut the lahmacun as you would a pizza and serve hot or at room temperature.


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