Lahmahjoon Pizza

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/2#  ground lamb
  • 4 medium plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Yellow cornmeal, for dusting
  • Your favorite pizza dough
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts 
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add lamb and cook, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a colander and drain fat. Wipe out the pan; return the meat and shallots to the pan and stir in tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes begin to break down, about 3 minutes. Add parsley, cinnamon, salt and pepper and stir to coat; remove from the heat. 
Place a pizza stone on the lowest rack; preheat oven to 450°F for at least 20 minutes. Roll out the dough and place on a cornmeal-dusted pizza peel or inverted baking sheet, using enough cornmeal so that the dough slides easily. Slide the dough onto the preheated stone and cook until the bottom begins to crisp, about 3 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven using a large spatula and place it uncooked-side down on the peel or baking sheet, making sure the underside of the crust is completely coated with cornmeal. Quickly add the toppings and slide the pizza back onto the stone. Continue baking until the toppings are hot and the bottom of the crust has browned, 12 to 15 minutes. 

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