Flatbread Pizza

Flatbread pizza is easy to make: a great appetizer or simple dinner! Use store bought flatbread to keep it fast, and pick your favorite pizza toppings. We’re all about traditional artisan Italian pizza around here. But we’re also about weeknight shortcuts. Meet the flatbread pizza! This idea doubles as a quick and easy dinner or an elegant appetizer. Here the crust is thin and crispy, and it’s topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula and Parmesan cheese shavings, with balsamic reduction drizzle to finish it off. But you can use any pizza toppings you’d like! Here’s how to put together this quick and breezy pizza. What’s a flatbread pizza? There’s no official definition of flatbread pizza. Some sources say it’s any pizza with a thin crust, others say it’s pizza shaped in a rectangle. Others say it’s pizza that uses a flatbread as the crust. For this recipe, we went with the latter definition. To us, it’s a pizza made using a flatbread! This makes it quick and easy to make, and a little different from all our other pizza recipes. It’s very similar to this Naan Pizza! Homemade flatbread vs store bought Homemade flatbread makes for the best tasting flatbread pizza! […]

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Flatbread pizza is easy to make: a great appetizer or simple dinner! Use store bought flatbread to keep it fast, and pick your favorite pizza toppings.

Flatbread pizza

We’re all about traditional artisan Italian pizza around here. But we’re also about weeknight shortcuts. Meet the flatbread pizza! This idea doubles as a quick and easy dinner or an elegant appetizer. Here the crust is thin and crispy, and it’s topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula and Parmesan cheese shavings, with balsamic reduction drizzle to finish it off. But you can use any pizza toppings you’d like! Here’s how to put together this quick and breezy pizza.

What’s a flatbread pizza?

There’s no official definition of flatbread pizza. Some sources say it’s any pizza with a thin crust, others say it’s pizza shaped in a rectangle. Others say it’s pizza that uses a flatbread as the crust. For this recipe, we went with the latter definition. To us, it’s a pizza made using a flatbread! This makes it quick and easy to make, and a little different from all our other pizza recipes. It’s very similar to this Naan Pizza!

Flatbread pizza

Homemade flatbread vs store bought

Homemade flatbread makes for the best tasting flatbread pizza! But, it takes a little time to put together. If your goal is a delicious homemade appetizer, you may want to go with homemade. If you’re going for a quick and easy dinner, store bought is the way to go. Here are a few notes:

  • Homemade flatbread: This Easy Flatbread recipe takes about 1 hour to make, with 30 minutes hands off time. That makes this flatbread pizza with homemade flatbread about the same time commitment as thin crust pizza. The pros? You can make the flatbread in advance, it’s an easier method, and you don’t need a pizza peel or pizza stone.
  • Store bought flatbread: Making this flatbread pizza with store bought flatbread is so fast! Try to find the highest quality bread you can find: any type of naan bread or pocketless pita bread works well.
Easy flatbread recipe
Easy Flatbread works well as a pizza!

Ingredients for flatbread pizza

Here are the rest of ingredients you’ll need for this flatbread pizza! The method is simple: prebake the crust in a 450 degree oven for a few minutes until lightly crisped, then top it and bake a few more minutes until the cheese melts. Here’s what we used:

  • Flatbread: We used homemade Easy Flatbread
  • Cheese: Mozzarella and shaved Parmesan
  • Veggies: Tomatoes and thin sliced red onion
  • Baby arugula: Make sure to find the baby variety! Standard is much too spicy
  • Balsamic drizzle: It’s optional, but balsamic reduction (or a purchased version) adds a sweet tart element
  • Pine nuts: The nutty punch of toasted pine nuts take it over the top

10 more flatbread topping ideas

Of course, you can top flatbread pizza with whatever you like! Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

  1. Margherita: red sauce, mozzarella and basil. Try Perfect Margherita Pizza.
  2. Classic cheese. Try Homemade Cheese Pizza.
  3. Pesto and fresh tomatoes. See Pesto Pizza.
  4. Refried beans and cheese. See Taco Pizza.
  5. Mushrooms, veggies & feta. See Veggie Supreme Pizza.
  6. Peppers, onions and arugula. See Best Healthy Pizza.
  7. Spinach and artichokes. See Spinach Artichoke Pizza
  8. Mushrooms and herbs. See Truffle Pizza.
  9. Olives, spinach & sundried tomatoes. See Mediterranean Pizza
  10. Avocado, peppers, and goat cheese. See Veggie & Avocado Pizza
Flatbread pizza

What to serve with flatbread pizza

You can serve this flatbread pizza as an appetizer, and it feeds about 4 to 6 people. Or try it as a main dish: it’s a light pizza so you’ll need to accessorize with hearty sides. How to make it into a meal? Here are a few things we’d pair with it:

This flatbread pizza recipe is…

Vegetarian.

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Flatbread pizza

Flatbread Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4 pizzas
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Flatbread pizza is easy to make: a great appetizer or simple dinner! Use store bought flatbread to keep it fast, and pick your favorite pizza toppings.


Ingredients

  • 4 Flatbreads (or purchased flatbreads)
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes (or 1 thin sliced tomato)
  • 1 handful thin sliced red onion (optional)
  • 2 handfuls baby arugula
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese, to garnish
  • Balsamic Reduction, to garnish
  • Toasted pine nuts, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mince the garlic. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Mix the baby arugula in a small bowl with a drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Place the flatbreads on the oven grate and bake for 3 to 4 minutes, until lightly crisp (depends on the thickness of the bread you’re using).
  4. Remove the breads and place them on a baking sheet. Brush the crusts with olive oil and sprinkle with minced garlic. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and a pinch of salt. Add the cherry tomatoes and bake for 2 to 3 minutes until the cheese melts.
  5. Top with the baby arugula, shavings of Parmesan cheese. If using, drizzle with balsamic reduction and top with toasted pine nuts.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Flatbread pizza

More pizza options!

Outside of our standard pizza recipes, we’ve got a few more fun alternative pizzas to try:

  • Easy Eggplant Pizza Use eggplant for the crust to make Eggplant Pizza! These mini pizzas are tasty and easy to make, covered in garlicky sauce and gooey cheese.
  • Perfect Pan Pizza Here’s how to make the incredible pan pizza at home! It’s got thick pillowy crust and tastes like your favorite pizzeria…but even better.

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Cheesy Lemon Flatbread Pizza with Hot Honey.

I’m basically the happiest with this lemon flatbread pizza. At least, as happy as I can be right now. Let’s just say that crunchy flatbread, lots of cheese and bright, fresh lemon definitely helps. I love a good flatbread pizza! From this old school four cheese version to the roasted cauliflower one from The Pretty […]

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I’m basically the happiest with this lemon flatbread pizza.

This cheesy lemon flatbread pizza is covered with burrata cheese, parmesan, roasted vegetables and hot honey. It's a flavor dream!

At least, as happy as I can be right now. Let’s just say that crunchy flatbread, lots of cheese and bright, fresh lemon definitely helps.

lemon zest

I love a good flatbread pizza! From this old school four cheese version to the roasted cauliflower one from The Pretty Dish, it’s a great option to have when you’re either out of yeast (hi, me!) or just feel like mixing up a super quick dough. It’s more cracker-like that regular pizza dough, but it’s SO good.

lemon oil

In this case, I’m using the base of my garlic butter naan! So these are essentially naan pizzas. Yes.

Works every time.

This cheesy lemon flatbread pizza is covered with burrata cheese, parmesan, roasted vegetables and hot honey. It's a flavor dream!

Here’s how it goes down…

We start by making a quick little lemon oil because that stuff is delish. Brush it all over the dough and it can even be used for drizzling after!

Also going to make some hot honey. You can buy hot honey these days (how cool!), but I’ve been making it since before I could buy it. In fact, I made a hot honey pepperoni pizza a few years ago which first got me reeeeeally hooked on the combo. It’s just fantastic. Sweet heat! 

This cheesy lemon flatbread pizza is covered with burrata cheese, parmesan, roasted vegetables and hot honey. It's a flavor dream!

Once your dough is made, the rest is really up to you. I went with some bacon because I didn’t have pepperoni and I don’t like sausage. I also used some leftover roasted broccoli! You could throw on any greens or vegetables you have. You could roast some just for this flatbread or you could use something hanging out in your fridge.

Make sure you verrrry thinnnnly slice a lemon. Like, paper thin! See through! 

This cheesy lemon flatbread pizza is covered with burrata cheese, parmesan, roasted vegetables and hot honey. It's a flavor dream!

Next up – CHEESE. I had two (!) containers of burrata cheese in my fridge that were about to go. They’d been hanging out in there since I finished a few photographs for the book back in February and I just didn’t need them. 

Well, now I needed them and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have them.

You don’t have to use burrata – use freshly grated mozzarella or provolone or fontina or even parmesan. 

As much as it pains me to say it, this isn’t about the cheese here. Yes, of course, it’s always about the cheese for me. But this is much more about the lemon and the hot honey on top of crunchy dough. And just exactly what you decide to pair with it. 

This cheesy lemon flatbread pizza is covered with burrata cheese, parmesan, roasted vegetables and hot honey. It's a flavor dream!

I absolutely LOVE the combo.

The dough edges get crunchy in the oven. The lemon oil is bright almost slightly sweet. Then you have cheese and vegetables and a big old drizzle of hot honey, which is spicy and sweet. The flavor combination is out of this world! 

I can’t stress this enough: use what you have on hand! Any veggies work here – truly, almost anything works with cheese and lemon and honey. And bacon. 

Then you can be the happiest too.

This cheesy lemon flatbread pizza is covered with burrata cheese, parmesan, roasted vegetables and hot honey. It's a flavor dream!

Cheesy Lemon Flatbread Pizza with Hot Honey

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Cheesy Lemon Flatbread Pizza with Hot Honey

This cheesy lemon flatbread pizza is covered with burrata cheese, parmesan, roasted vegetables and hot honey. It's a flavor dream!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 flatbreads
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

flatbread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey

toppings

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 8-ounce ball burrata cheese
  • 1 cup roasted broccoli, or your favorite vegetable! roasted, leftover, etc
  • 1 lemon, very thinly sliced
  • hot honey, for drizzling
  • 1 handful micro greens or your favorite green, for topping
  • parmesan cheese, for sprinkling

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, yogurt and honey. Add half of the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until the dough starts to come together. Add the remaining milk gradually, stirring and bringing the dough together with your hands.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it. Let it sit in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours. It won't rise much! But let it rest.
  • While it rests, prep the rest of the ingredients. Whisk together the lemon zest, garlic and olive oil in a bowl. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until the bacon is just starting to crisp - do not cook until completely crunchy, because you want it to crisp in the oven. Remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel. Note: you can replace the bacon with pancetta, prosciutto or even sausage. Whatever you have!
  • Grate the cheese and if desired, roast the vegetables. I roast broccoli at 425 for 15 minutes. You can use any vegetables here - or none at all!
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Brush a baking sheet with olive or canola oil.
  • Once the dough has rested, remove it from the bowl and knead it a few times on a floured surface, using a little extra flour if it’s too sticky. Divide the dough into 4 separate balls. Roll each ball out into an oval shape. Place 2 of the ovals on a baking sheet (that is most likely all that will fit.).
  • Brush the dough with the lemon olive - especially the edges so they get golden and crisp. Cover it with the cheese - freshly grated or burrata or whatever you’re using! Top with any vegetables that you’re using and some very thin lemon slices.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the dough is crisp and the cheese is golden. Remove the pizza from the oven and drizzle with hot honey. Slice and serve!

This cheesy lemon flatbread pizza is covered with burrata cheese, parmesan, roasted vegetables and hot honey. It's a flavor dream!

That golden, crunchy bubbly cheese on the end… omg.

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Easy Flatbread Recipe

This easy skillet flatbread recipe comes out deliciously soft and chewy! Use this Greek pita bread for wraps, falafel, pizza, or simply eating with a meal. Here’s our new favorite bread trick: flatbread! This traditional bread is so easy to make, nothing like sourdough or artisan bread. Just mix up the dough, then cook it until golden and charred in a skillet! You need no yeast, no special flours, and no special equipment. You’ll be surprised at how soft and chewy it is, with the perfect flavor. Alex and I made these to go with our authentic falafel recipe: but the uses are endless. Try them as a wrap with hummus and grilled veggies, a flatbread pizza, or as a side with soup. Here’s what to do! About this flatbread There are hundreds of types of flatbreads that are served in cuisines all over the world (see this list!). This flatbread recipe is a basic Mediterranean style flatbread: it’s a vegan flatbread made with flour, olive oil, and salt. It’s most like pocketless Greek pita bread, used for serving falafel, gyros, and souvlaki. If you’re looking for an Indian style flatbread, we’ve got that, too! Head to Garlic Naan or […]

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This easy skillet flatbread recipe comes out deliciously soft and chewy! Use this Greek pita bread for wraps, falafel, pizza, or simply eating with a meal.

Easy flatbread recipe

Here’s our new favorite bread trick: flatbread! This traditional bread is so easy to make, nothing like sourdough or artisan bread. Just mix up the dough, then cook it until golden and charred in a skillet! You need no yeast, no special flours, and no special equipment. You’ll be surprised at how soft and chewy it is, with the perfect flavor. Alex and I made these to go with our authentic falafel recipe: but the uses are endless. Try them as a wrap with hummus and grilled veggies, a flatbread pizza, or as a side with soup. Here’s what to do!

About this flatbread

There are hundreds of types of flatbreads that are served in cuisines all over the world (see this list!). This flatbread recipe is a basic Mediterranean style flatbread: it’s a vegan flatbread made with flour, olive oil, and salt. It’s most like pocketless Greek pita bread, used for serving falafel, gyros, and souvlaki. If you’re looking for an Indian style flatbread, we’ve got that, too! Head to Garlic Naan or Vegan Naan.

Flatbread recipe

How to make flatbread: an overview!

Here’s the basic outline of what you’re getting yourself into with making flatbread. The process takes just 45 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook. The total hands-on time is about 30 minutes. In 1 hour, you’ll have deliciously soft flatbread!

Mix the dough5 minutes active
Form & rest dough5 minutes active, 30 minutes hands off
Roll dough5 minutes active
Cook flatbread15 minutes active

Cook it in a skillet or grill pan!

Flatbread is easy to mix up, and only requires a 30 minute “proof” or rest time. Compared to other bread recipes that require shaping and multiple proofs, it’s a breeze! There’s also no bake time. All you need to do is cook each piece in a skillet for about 2 minutes. It’s nice to have 2 people for this task (and it’s more fun!), but you can do it by yourself too.

How to get the grill marks like the flatbread in the photo the photo? We used a grill pan: it looks like a skillet but has ridges that make the lovely grill marks. You can also make this Greek pita bread in a skillet: then it will have more browned organic cooking spots like naan.

Flatbread

Ways to serve flatbread

How to serve this Greek pita bread style flatbread? There are a myriad of ways: here are our favorites!

How to store flatbread (and reheat it)

This homemade flatbread is nice because it stays good for about 3 days at room temperature, and the texture holds up well if stored correctly. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Room temperature storage (3 days): Place the flatbread in a sealed bag or container, and it stays good for 3 days. It gets dryer as days go by, so we suggest reheating it so it’s more pliable.
  • Reheating instructions: To reheat the flatbread, place it in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes until warmed and soft. Or if you want a quick fix, tear it in half and place it in a toaster.
  • Frozen (3 months): Or, you can freeze it! Let it cool to room temperature, then place it into a sealed bag or container.
Easy flatbread recipe

This flatbread recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Easy Flatbread Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This easy skillet flatbread recipe comes out deliciously soft and chewy! Use this Greek pita bread for wraps, falafel, pizza, or simply eating with a meal.


Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups (312 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Make the dough (5 minutes): In a large bowl, stir together the all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt. Add the olive oil and water, and stir until the dough comes together. If it is dry, add a bit more water; if it is very sticky, add a sprinkle more flour. On a lightly floured counter, knead for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until all of the flour is incorporated and a dough ball forms.
  2. Form and rest the dough (35 minutes): Flatten the dough into a disc. Cut it into 8 equal pieces and form it into balls. Cover the dough with a damp tea towel and rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll the dough (5 minutes): Once the dough has rested, on a clean, lightly floured countertop, roll each dough into a thin circle, about 8” across.
  4. Cook the flatbreads (10 to 15 minutes): Heat a large skillet, griddle, or grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush the pan lightly with olive oil and add one of the pieces of dough and cook until the bottom is golden and browned in spots, about 1 minute. Then turn and cook another 1 minute on the other side. Wrap it in a clean towel. Repeat with the remaining 5 flatbreads, adding each to the towel afterwards (this will steam them and keep them warm and supple).
  5. Storage: store in a well-sealed bag or container up to 3 days (or freeze for a few months wrapped in foil in a sealed bag or container). Before eating leftover flatbread, reheat it in a toaster or a 350 degree oven until warm and pliable.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Bread

Keywords: Flatbread, Flatbread Recipe, Easy Flatbread

More bread recipes

There’s nothing quite like homemade bread! Here are a few more recipes to try:

  • Easy No Knead Bread This homemade no knead bread will wow everyone! It’s so easy to make and has the best flavor, crispy crust, and chewy interior. Great for beginners!
  • Easy Homemade Bread This homemade bread is easy to make and very versatile: it works for sandwiches, toast, and more! Or try the Vegan Bread variation.
  • Best Homemade Cornbread This cornbread is a quick bread that’s lightly sweet and perfectly moist. Try the Vegan Cornbread too!

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