When the craving for pizza hits, there's no need to pick up a takeout menu. Instead, try whipping up one of these quick and delicious flatbreads. The format lends itself to a wide range of toppings and styles, from an equally exciting array of cuisines. The only limit is your imagination, but if yours is somewhat lacking lately, try one of the delicious and versatile recipes below.
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Grilled Apple and Brie Flatbread
For an easy appetizer or light meat-free meal, give this smoky, sweet, and savory flatbread a try. It tastes great as a starter for any backyard barbecue fare but works just as well all by itself. Use Golden Delicious apples or another firm, slightly tart variety. Flatbread or naan work well for these pizzas. Grilled apples and brie are placed on the flatbread which is grilled for 5 minutes, then topped with honey and chopped walnuts.
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Garlic Herb Flatbread
For a light snack to enjoy at cocktail hour, whip up a batch of garlic herb flatbread that tastes similar to pizza, but without the heavy toppings. It goes perfectly alongside a glass of wine or a cocktail, or even as a fancy bread at a special dinner party.
Plan accordingly, as this bread requires a rising time of 70 to 90 minutes before it can be baked.
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Two Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Naan Pizza
Blitzing sun-dried tomatoes in a food processor with Parmesan and olive oil makes a delicious pesto that just begs to get spread on naan with goat cheese for a simple pizza. Try it as a light lunch, an appetizer, or a snack when you need a cheesy pick-me-up.
Simply prepare and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, getting those edges browned and melting the cheese.
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Flatbread Pizza With Goat Cheese
Top lavash, a thin type of flatbread, with crumbled creamy goat cheese, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, and meaty kalamata olives for a Mediterranean flair. Use this recipe as a base, then add prosciutto, red onion, artichoke hearts, or other toppings that strike your fancy.
Make your own flatbread or use storebought, and brush with olive oil to get the bread a bit crispy before putting the toppings on.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Fainá with Chorizo, Blue Cheese, and Spinach
This nutty, peppery answer to flatbread uses chickpea flour instead of wheat, so it works well for gluten-free meals. You can often find it on menus in Argentina and Uruguay as both an appetizer and a main dish. Topped with chorizo and blue cheese, this recipe is hearty enough for a whole meal.
This flatbread is made in a 12-inch pizza pan. If you want to make this thicker, simply use a smaller pan and bake longer.
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Flatbread pizza is great for a snack or as part of a meal. In this recipe, you make the dough and select whatever toppings you want. Choose from the standbys of pepperoni and sausage, spinach and ricotta, or mushrooms and cheese. Put whatever sauce you want on it, from a pizza sauce or simply olive oil and pesto. Yum!
Save yourself some time, make the dough up ahead, wrap it in plastic and keep it in the refrigerator for up to two days.