- Easy Flatbread Pizza Ideas for Busy Weeknights
There are nights you just need to throw stuff on a pan, pop it in the oven, and call it dinner. This is that 15 minute dinner for you. The key is to keep stuff on hand so when life throws a wrench at you, you can make flatbread pizza. The Basics Look for something flat and fully cooked. We like Stonefire’s Flatbread from the deli section of the grocery store. There are two flatbreads, that we split in half to make 4 servings. Trader Joe’s naan is another good option. Each resealable frozen package has 4 naans. Baking the flatbreads for a few minutes on a sheet pan before putting toppings on helps them get a firmer crust that holds up better to toppings. You can’t have pizza without sauce and cheese. A tomato based pasta sauce and shredded mozzarella keep things simple and are easy to have on hand at all times. Topping your sauce with a few herbs or adding some additional kinds of cheese can elevate things, but certainly aren’t necessary. Toppings This is the fun part! Toppings can be easily customized for different members of the family. Kids can totally help with this part. You can also make a few different kinds of flatbread pizzas by going half and half on different toppings. Some of our favorite toppings depending on what’s lying around the fridge: pepperoni any leftover meat like chopped ham or some breakfast sausage frozen chicken nuggets (defrost enough to chop up) roasted red peppers (usually I save one from making roasted red pepper pasta sauce specifically for pizza night) onions green peppers tomatoes arugula pineapple buffalo sauce pesto fresh herbs like basil or parsley hot honey (let red pepper flakes steep on a small jar of honey for a few days) Pepperoni is the obvious, and easy, choice here. There’s a reason pepperoni is on every pizza menu everywhere – it’s a delicious pizza staple. In addition to pepperoni, I like to make a buffalo chicken pizza with a few frozen chicken nuggets that have been defrosted enough to chop up and a buffalo sauce drizzle. Sometimes I throw on some herbs from my Aerogarden. If there’s green on it, it’s healthier. Finishing Up Your Flatbread Pizza Pop everything back in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Then cut up and enjoy. We got this pizza cutter as a wedding present, and it is AWESOME! These pizzas are tasty leftover the next day for lunch too. Pizza Night Favorites
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