Monday, March 26, 2012

Busy Day Dinner: Flatbread Pizza

I make flatbread pizza twice a month. It's the perfect entree for exhausted or time-challenged cooks. Depending on the toppings, this pizza takes 2 minutes to assemble and 15 minutes to bake.

 Each flatbread is adorably egg-shaped, the perfect pre-Easter pizza.

 Quick Flatbread Pizza
Deli or grocery store flatbread (available at Publix (two to a package); Kroger has a similar product.
Pancetta, diced
green pepper, diced
small yellow onion, thinly sliced
cherry tomatoes
Pizza sauce
fresh basil
. . .
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Pour 1 T extra virgin olive oil into a frying pan. Gently cook the pancetta. The point is to remove as much grease as possible so your pizza won't get soggy. Place pancetta on paper towels and set aside. Place flatbread on an ungreased baking pan. Spread each flatbread with pizza sauce (3 or 4 teaspoons). Top with pancetta and sliced cherry tomatoes.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Tip: To retain the tomatoes' juice, slice them with a bread knife. 
My older son is a chef, and he taught me this handy trick.
Sprinkle green peppers and onion over each flatbread. Top with shredded cheese.
Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Garnish with basil.

 Flatbread pizzas are perfect for families with picky eaters. The pizzas can be individualized--mushrooms, ham, bacon, chicken, or plain cheese.
You can even grill it.
 If you like pizza and have zero time,
you can't go wrong with an entree that's on the table in under 17 minutes.

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  1. It is after midnight and I am just getting around to eating dinner. I kid you not. One of "those" days.

    And the only reason I am eating is not because I am hungry, but because I have to in order to take this stupid dumb medicine.

    I am eating speghetti with Ragu. Period. It's all I had the gumption to make at this hour when I don't even wanna.

    And I come on to your amazing blog with this GORGEOUS food and wish I was a member of your family.

    You do it well, lady, and it sure is a pleasure to see what you are gonna come up with for us/them next.

    I haven't made a flat bread pizza in years. Gotta do it soon, you have, once again, truly inspired me!

    Thank you!!

  2. I've not made flatbread pizza. I'll have to give it a try. I've done the regular with one with pre-made crust. As always, your photos are divine.

  3. Looks yummy! Now I will be craving pizza all day. :-D

  4. I'm going to try these! We love pizza but not the price and all that sodium! I like veggies and my guy does not so this would be fantastic!

  5. I am sending this yummilicious post along to friends. We were discussing "homemade pizza", just yesterday.

  6. Great idea...iike it so much better than "picking up the phone"...Thank you...will definitely be trying this out on my very picky eater, granddaughter...

  7. I'm definitely trying this! I love my pizza with the garden on it. Hubby likes his loaded with meat. Thanks!!!

  8. yes, please. I like extra onion. I'll bring the wine, we'll have a feast. :)

  9. I never though of making pizzz with flatbread. Great idea!

  10. I'm making this! First of all it looks just so beautiful and your photography is stunning!
    And it will be so good to make when I have a busy and frazzled day!

    Michael I would love to know what kind of lighting you use. I have a big wrap porch that makes my kitchen a littlekj too dark for good photography, especially now that I have soapstone counter tops. They just seem to eat up light. I think I need another lighting source to make my images look clearer. I know that you are very busy so I'll understand if you cannot reply, but if you can offer a little help I sure would be grateful!

  11. The pizza looks delicious! Now I know what I'll be doing (and eating) this weekend!