.11 Minute Flatbread.
Updated: Mar 5
I suspect that when most of us think of food, meal prep, and entertaining, most of us fret over what to cook for dinner and maybe even breakfast... But, the truth (for me anyway) is that lunch is the real challenge.
Preparing something for the middle of the day is such a strange dilemma... And, preparing something for a group of people for lunch is even harder.
How long will it take to cook?
How much time do I have to eat it?
Does it need to be served hot/cold/room temp?
How close to dinner is lunch so I don't get too full?
What do guests like to eat for lunch anyway?
...Enter stage right, "Flatbread".
Flat breads are one of those delicious, easy to make, visually appealing dishes that can save you from your lunchtime culinary meltdown. I call this the "11 minute flat bread" because, that's how long it takes to cook. In total you need about 5-10 minutes to slice and arrange your ingredients, pre-heat your oven, and then bake... So, call it 20 minute flatbread if it suits you better. ;-)
*This recipe is not vegan (cheese is used), but it could easily be adapted to vegan if you use a non-dairy cheese alternative. If you're looking for suggestions, Huffington Post did a fun article on different brands of vegan cheese and you can find it in this link below.
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.11 Minute Flatbread.
2 small zucchinis sliced into rounds
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
1-2 cups of cherry tomatoes halved
Mozzarella pearls or small slices of mozzarella
2 cups of shredded parmesan and asiago cheese
Baking and Spices:
2 pre-made Thin Pizza Crusts
Minced onion powder
Salt and Pepper
Begin by pre-heating your oven to 400 degrees.
On a clean flat surface place two thin-crust pizzas and drizzle them both lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle shredded parmesan and asiago cheese to form the bottom layer of the flatbread. Begin to arrange the zucchini rounds in groups of two and three. Work from the outside towards the center leaving an inch of crust exposed.
Begin to fill in the spaces with sliced mushroom and halved tomatoes. Working from the outside towards the center place the mozzarella pearls in-between the spaces of the vegetables.
When the flatbread is covered to your liking sprinkle salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic, and oregano over the top of the vegetables. Once seasoned finish with a very light drizzle of balsamic vinegar and shredded cheese.
When your oven is heated to 400 cook for 11 minutes.
For a crispy flatbread place the pizza crusts directly onto the oven rack. If you prefer a softer bread place the flatbreads onto large flat baking sheets.
*If you have a pizza peel (it looks like a large flat paddle) sliding the pizzas into the oven is very easy. If you don't have a pizza peel (be very careful and be sure to wear oven mitts) slide the rack out of the oven either entirely or partially and place the flatbreads directly onto the rack. When they are finished cooking slide the rack back out, let them cool for 5 minutes then pick them back up or slide them onto large cutting boards.
To plate, cut the flatbread with a pizza cutter into quarters and serve with a light salad or just on its own!.
Easy... Quick... Delicious. Lunch isn't so hard after all!
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