Have you ever tried pide? The delicious Turkish flatbread is an absolute must-have for dinner or any meal, for that matter. But what to serve with it? That’s the big question, and the answer to it is much easier than it sounds. All you need to do is think about matching flavors and textures. Actually, you don’t even have to think because I’ve made a perfect list of ideas just for you. So, what to serve with pide?
Pide is served warm and perfectly pairs with many different dishes like a salad with eggplant and feta cheese, roasted vegetables, pan-fried halloumi, spinach, and pomegranate. What’s more, you can make this dish even more delicious by simply adding an egg on top of it or trying one of many salad options.
Pide is the ideal blank canvas for various accompaniments, so don’t be afraid to experiment and have some fun with flavors and spices. From roasted vegetables to salads, there are many recipes out there that pair perfectly with this traditional flatbread. Let’s dive right in and explore the deliciousness of pide, shall we?
Put an Egg on Top
Nobody says no to a runny egg on top of their dinner! This simple addition to pide can quickly take your meal from 0 to 100. There are two options — either remove the pide from the oven before it’s finished baking and place an egg in the center or crack an egg onto the top after it’s done baking.
Both techniques will result in a wonderfully cooked egg, but why not use both if you’re looking for something extra special? The best part is that there are endless toppings you can pair with the egg — try one of my favorites and sprinkle some capers, diced tomatoes, and a bit of feta cheese on top. Enjoy!
When it comes to pide, I want to make sure I’m getting my veggies in, too. That’s why I love to pair my pide with some grilled vegetables. Simply chop up your favorite vegetables, like bell peppers, zucchini, and eggplant, and quickly sear them on the stovetop or a grill pan until they’ve softened and charred. The smoky flavor complements the savory taste of pide beautifully.
If you’re looking for a complete meal, try adding some cooked beans to your roasted vegetables for a filling dinner packed with protein.
You can even add a generous drizzle of olive oil and some herbs like oregano or thyme for an added touch of flavor. Serve it alongside your warm pide for a delicious combination that will keep you feeling full and satisfied.
Roasted Eggplant, Tomato, and Feta Salad
If you’re looking for a light and refreshing pairing for your pide, this roasted eggplant, tomato, and feta salad is perfect. Eggplant, tomatoes, and feta cheese all go wonderfully together. Still, this dish gets taken to the next level with the addition of fresh parsley and onion.
This salad couldn’t be easier to make. All you need to do is preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C), cut the eggplant into cubes, and combine them with some chopped tomato and onion in a single layer on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, then roast until golden brown.
Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, then mix in crumbled feta cheese and freshly chopped parsley. Serve warm alongside your pide. Trust me – this combination will have your mouth watering!
Pan-Fried Halloumi, Spinach, and Pomegranate
One of my favorite tie-ins for a warm and comforting pide dish is this combination of pan-fried halloumi, spinach, and pomegranate.
To prepare this meal, heat a skillet with some oil. Once the skillet is nice and hot, add the halloumi slices and let them cook until they turn golden brown — just don’t forget to flip them!
Then add the spinach and stir everything together until the spinach has wilted. Finally, top it all off with some pomegranate seeds for a delicious crunch.
You can serve this dish alongside your warm pide or on top of slices of it. Either way, you’re sure to love it! If you’re looking for an extra zing of flavor, feel free to add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or lemon juice over the top. Adding these acidic ingredients will brighten up all the flavors and make an even more flavorful dish!
When it comes to salads, one of my favorite combinations is pide served with Turkish Shepherd’s Salad. This classic Turkish dish combines tomatoes, onions, parsley, and cucumbers tossed lightly together and topped off with a generous drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice. It’s the perfect mix of freshness and zesty flavor!
Another great salad to pair with pride, and especially with chicken pide, is Greek salad. Lightly dressed in olive oil and lemon juice, it includes tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese, and red onions that provide the perfect amount of crunchiness. The salty feta pairs wonderfully with the softness of the pide and offers a taste of the Mediterranean.
For something more exotic on warm summer days, you can opt for a Thai-inspired salad with cabbage and carrots. And if you’re craving some heat, add a few slices of jalapeño peppers or chili flakes for an extra kick!