Sometimes, simplicity is best. So many restaurants I visit tend to pile on ingredients like they’re going out of style, in an effort to impress, but sometimes I think it can overwhelm the palette. During a recent visit to a well regarded pastificio, my better half and I ordered a single ravioli as an appetizer. When it arrived at the table, it was so buried with micro herbs, slivers of radishes, beets, and nuts, we couldn’t see the ravioli. We had to dig through with our forks, sort of like one does when raking leaves. Every plate we ordered came out covered in “stuff.” It was pretty, but it didn’t always add to the overall taste.
My thought has always been that unless the flavors in a dish could really benefit from an added ingredient, I prefer to keep it as streamlined as possible. And that philosophy carries over into everything, even something as mundane as cheese pizza. Because what’s better, really, than cheese pizza? It’s a staple, even a comfort food, well loved by kids and adults alike. This cheese pizza cooks up in less time than almost any frozen pizza, so there’s no need to buy frozen. You have fresh, with some Flatout!
This flatbread uses good, quality ingredients: Roma tomatoes, oregano, and fresh mozzarella. It’s as simple and delicious as it gets! And not a wafer thin beet slice in site, my friends, I promise. Enjoy!
-Amy at Flatout
Rustic Italian Flatbread
- 1 Flatout flatbread, Light Original
- 2 ounces fresh mozzarella, in slices
- 1/4 cup fat-free shredded mozzarella
- 3-4 Italian style canned whole Roma tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic, mashed
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3-4 fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place Flatout flatbread on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for two minutes, then remove from the oven. In a food processor, combine the tomatoes, oregano, garlic, chili flakes until well blended and saucy; season with salt and pepper. Spread the tomato sauce over the flatbread. Next, arrange the slices of mozzarella over the flatbread, then scatter the shredded mozzarella cheese over everything. Bake at 375°F for four minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the fresh basil liberally over the entire flatbread. and serve immediately.