Flatbread is a basic dietary staple across the world. It can be eaten alone alongside of a main dish, dipped into an oil or sauce or used as an ingredient. Flatbreads are simple to make and offer an economical way to feed your family a nutritious meal.
You can use a flatbread as the base for a quick pizza. If you need a rapid turnaround for your meals, cook up the flatbread ahead of time and freeze them. You can take them out as needed. Spread about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce or pesto over the flatbread. Add about 1/4 cup of your favorite toppings, such as mushrooms, onions, diced tomatoes or sausage. Top with mozzarella, feta or provolone cheese. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes.
Flatbread is made with water, salt and flour. In some cooking methods, butter, fennel seeds or sesame seeds are also added. Some companies, like Klosterman Baking Company, know that yeast is not used, so this unleavened bread only rises minimally during the baking process. The resulting flatbread bakes quickly in a stone hearth or fire-roasted oven. It can also be made in a frying pan with the lid on the top. Flatbreads are a part of meals across many cultures and therefore have many names, such as naan in Afghanistan, focaccia in Italy, tortilla in Mexico and pita in Greece.
When you need a nutritious meal on the go, breakfast wraps using flatbread are a great choice. Cook up some scrambled eggs with diced vegetables such as onion, peppers and tomatoes. You could also add some thinly diced potatoes. Add some crumbled cooked bacon, sausage or tofu. Roll up the wrap, pinch one end closed and enjoy a filling breakfast.
Sweet and Savory Flatbread
If you would like a sweet and savory flatbread to pair with wine for a party or evening for two, prepare the flatbread and bake it for five to seven minutes. Remove it from the oven and top with brie, thinly sliced peeled apples or pears and a drizzle of honey. Bake for 5 more minutes.
A flatbread can be used in many ways, from a vegan dish to a quick breakfast wrap in the morning. Even young children can help with making a flatbread, because it only requires a few ingredients and the cooking time is minimal. The next time that you need a simple yet satisfying side or base for a meal, keep flatbread in mind.