Thursday, 28 October 2010

Too-Easy Flatbread Pizza

I realise I'm not going to win any awards for creativity here, but there are times when there's either not enough money/it's too late/you're too tired to order in a pizza or go out to the nearest supermarket and buy one. So here's the Flatbread Pizza for when time is tight. Don't get me wrong, I have made pizza dough, let it rise and rest and rolled it out, and then topped it with my favourite ingredients, and it is hard to beat - but sometimes you don't have the time for all that jiggery pokery. The pizza works so well also because the garlic and parsley flatbread give the dough a lot of taste. I'm so bored of pizza bases that taste of, well, nothing.

The good thing about all of this is you can add whatever toppings you like - chicken, olives, ham, mushrooms, peppers - all you need is some flatbread, a teaspoon or two of tomato pesto and a grating of cheddar. Leave out all the meats if you're vegetarian. I tried this once with Mozarella and the base just went soggy - when I grated a thin layer of good cheddar instead, the base stayed crisp and the whole pizza worked much better.

So here goes...

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C. Take a garlic and parsley flatbread and spread around 2 teaspoons tomato pesto over it, leaving space around the edges. Pesto can be salty so don't go too mad, you just want the flavour so spread it thinly. You'll be surprised at how little you need.
  2. Top with some grated cheese - again don't go overboard - a handful or two will be plenty. Spread around the flatbread. Top with any of your favourite ingredients. Drizzle with a little garlic oil if you have some, and place onto a baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes until the flatbread is crispy, the cheese has melted and the kitchen smells gorgeous.
I cut this into chunky wedges and serve with a big green salad.

Making your own pizza like this can be healthy - you are in control of how much cheese you put on and it doesn't need all that much - and I love how you can adapt the flavours to suit. Perfect for sustenance while watching a good horror film this weekend!
Enjoy, folks!


  1. You are not going to win any awards but surely you are going to win my heart with this recipe.