Flatbread Pizza

This month has been about easy recipes to feed the family as you head back to school, or back to online learning, or back to still working at home, or maybe even going back to work. Whatever it may be, quick, easy, or make ahead is key as most of us have been stuck at home a lot, cooking way more than usual. And while you may roll your eyes at homemade pizza as easy; using make ahead flatbread dough, a convenient sheet pan shape for everyone to have their own personal portion, and store-bought toppings means that pizza night can indeed be relatively easy.

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Za’atar Bread

I had never heard of za’atar until I went to culinary school and a classmate of mine from Israel brought in a little packet of homemade za’atar to share with me. It contained sesame seeds, sumac, thyme, hyssop and a little salt, it instantly became one of my favorite spice blends. The first time I had za’atar bread was from a vendor at a farmers market. He was from Palestine and owned a local restaurant and was selling homemade za’atar, as well as this huge pile of soft flatbread with a generous topping of za’atar and olive oil baked onto the bread. Yet again, I became an instant fan. The word za’atar means thyme in Arabic, as well as referring to a general family of herbs such as thyme, hyssop, marjoram and oregano, among others. A popular spice blend in the Middle East, there are slight variations to the spice combo depending on the region.

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Cilantro and Garlic Vegan Gluten-Free Flatbread

This is for the vegan and gluten-free people out there. We see you. We know that you like food too. Food that non-vegans and gluten loving people would also want to eat. Because it, you know, tastes good. Instead of relying on the traditional gluten-free flours, this yeasted flatbread is actually made with brown rice that has been soaked for 24 hours and then blended with coconut milk and other flavorful ingredients to create something between a flatbread and pancake with a deliciously soft, slightly chewy texture and none of that weird sandiness you usually get from rice flours.

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