Lebanese-Style Venison Flat Bread Recipe

Lebanese-Style Venison Flat Bread Recipe
This original Middle Eastern dish used ground lamb, but Jenny recreates it here with ground venison. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

Meat pie or pizza – either way, this venison recipe is a fun one to try!

I first had this Middle Eastern meat “pie” a few years ago in a small shop in Orange County, California. I can’t remember what the restaurant was called, but it was unlike any “pizza” I’ve ever tasted. Distinctly Middle Eastern in aroma, the flat bread was topped with a thin layer of heavily spiced ground lamb. I loved it, enough to remember it until this day and recreate it with venison.

This Lebanese flat bread is a lot like a good thin-crust pizza dough. Use the recipe from David Lebovitz referenced below, or use your favorite thin pizza crust. It was surprisingly easy to pull together. Do yourself a favor though and get a pizza peel. It will help make moving the thin dough so much easier.

Serves: 6
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 45 minutes


  • Dough for 6 Lebanese flat breads, see step one of directions below (or use thin crust pizza dough)
  • 1 ¼ pound ground venison
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon sumac
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped mint, plus extra for garnish
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • Freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Sesame seeds, to taste

Special Equipment:

  • Pizza stone/steel
  • Pizza peel


  1. To make Lebanese flat bread dough, use David Lebovitz’s recipe. Follow steps 1 and 2 of his recipe only.
  2. Grilled Korean Bulgogi Venison Kebabs Recipe
    The David Lebovitz recipe for Man'oushe is perfect to use for the flat bread dough in this recipe.(Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

  3. Move the oven rack to the upper third of the oven. Place a pizza stone/steel on the rack and preheat the oven to 500 degrees for at least 45 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine ground venison, kosher salt, sumac, oregano, coriander, cumin, allspice, chopped mint, onion, pepper and ¼ cup of olive oil. Mix the meat with your hands until it comes together into a smooth mixture. Set aside.
  5. Lebanese-Style Venison Flat Bread Recipe
    This is where a majority of the ingredients come into play to create the flavorful venison topping. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

  6. Divide Lebanese bread dough into 6 equal pieces. Sprinkle flour onto your work surface, rolling pin and a lay a piece of dough on top. If the dough is sticky, lightly flour that as well. Roll out the dough thinly.
  7. Spread a thin layer of the meat mixture on top. Do not spread too thickly or the crust will not cook properly. Sprinkle with sesame seeds on top of the meat to taste. Transfer the flat bread onto a pizza peel and slide onto the hot pizza stone. Bake at 500 degrees for 6-7 minutes, or until the bottom of the flat bread is cooked and browned.
  8. Lebanese-Style Venison Flat Bread Recipe
    You may get excited about adding the meat, but be sure to keep it to a thin layer so the crust can still cook all the way through. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

  9. Sprinkle Lebanese-Style Venison Flat Bread with extra chopped mint, drizzle with olive oil, and serve with extra sumac on the side.
  10. Lebanese-Style Venison Flat Bread Recipe
    At this point, you can add any extra garnishes to the flat bread! (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

  11. Repeat steps 2-6 with the rest of the dough.

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