Flatbread pizzas are a great healthy alternative to traditional pizza and an easy way to feed a large crowd as an appetizer or even a main dish. Serving a variety of different flatbread pizzas at a party will please all picky eaters and the avoid tbe complications of serving multiple dishes. Flatbread also lends itself well to a potluck party. Plus, flatbreads can easily be made gluten-free (by making a gluten-free dough from scratch) and vegetarian. Furthermore, the USDA recently announced that pizza is the second highest source of saturated fat and third highest source of sodium in the U.S. diet. Flatbreads are a great way to keep eating pizza in a scrumptious and healthy way.
My favorite brand of flatbread to use as a base is Flatout flatbread, which you can buy at most supermarkets. As an alternative, you can always roll Pillsbury Grands biscuits to 1/8’’ thick and bake in the oven at 375°F for 8 minutes. Either way, grab your favorite base and check out these
**5 Great Flatbreads**
1. Olive oil, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese and kalamata olives. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over the flatbread. Sprinkle sundried tomatoes, goat cheese and kalamata olives on top.
2. Pesto, tomato, olives and mozzarella. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of pesto over flatbread. Sprinkle with olives and thinly spliced tomatoes. Cover with grated mozzarella.
3. Artichokes, sundried tomatoes, olives and feta. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over the flatbread. Chop up ½ can of artichoke hearts and sprinkle over flatbread. Add olives and 2 tablespoon feta cheese crumbles.
4. Sautéed sausage, onion and parmesan. To make: chop up sausage and onions. In a sauce pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sauté sausage and onion until cooked ~ 10 mins. Cover flatbread with sauté and cover with parmesan.
5. Barbeque chicken. Toss 1/3 cup cubed grilled chicken breast, 2 tablespoons diced onion with 1 tablespoon barbeque sauce. Spread evenly over pizza and sprinkle with shredded cheese of choice.
Bake all flatbreads on 375°F for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
Zoe McKinnell is a senior at Brown who is enjoying senior spring and trying lots of new recipes instead of studying.