food fave: flatbread pizza

Tonight I am happy to share with you all one of the favorite meals in this household: my aunt’s recipe for flatbread pizza. I don’t typically love pizza; it’s usually a point of desperation if I agree to ordering pizza for dinner. But this recipe is soooo good. We probably end up eating it every two or three weeks, and any leftovers will be gone by the next day. This just tastes like a lighter version of pizza—not too cheesy or juicy or bready. Just perfect.

Here’s the lowdown:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1-2 cans 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes in basil, garlic, and oregano flavor (like this)
  • Fresh mozzarella in a ball
  • Shredded fontina cheese (may be replaced with gouda cheese)
  • Sliced meat as desired (pepperoni or salami)
  • Olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Mix water, sugar, salt, and yeast in bread mixer. Add flour and knead until mixed.
  3. Divide into two balls and roll out into a circle shape.
  4. Grease two pizza pans with olive oil and put dough on pan, spreading evenly to the edges of pan. Brush a little olive oil on top of dough.
  5. Add drained tomatoes (half a can on each pizza). Add salt and pepper. Top with thinly sliced mozzarella, covering most of the pizza. Finish with the shredded fontina.
  6. Cook for approximately 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack before cutting.

Ben likes meat on his, but I don’t, so we’ll do half and half. I love tomatoes, so I like to use a little more than one can. We’ve also had some situations where we thought we had the right seasoning of diced tomatoes, but instead had Italian style, and that worked fine, too. You can add additional seasonings (e.g., garlic, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, oregano, shallots) to taste, especially if you only have plain diced tomatoes.

Anyway, it’s super yummy and you should try it!

{In unrelated food news, tonight we made Our Best Bites’ Pizzookies tonight for dessert. Insanely, decadently sweet and delicious (fair warning: you have to really love sweets to enjoy them). Just one is more than enough sweetness for a week or two.}

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