Introduction: Gourmet Flatbread Pizza

Using store-bought flatbread is a quick and easy way to make personal pizzas that taste better than what you can get at most restaurants. It's also easy to innovate- with the small size it's easy to try out new combinations of ingredients without wasting food or waiting hours on pizza dough.

Flatbread pizzas make a quick and easy lunch or snack. The average prep time for a pizza is about 15 minutes, including cooking. Making a bunch of different kinds of pizza can be perfect for entertaining, as you can make many flavors in a very short time.

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

The most importatnt ingredient is the flatbread. It's importatnt to get actual flatbread- pita bread or naan will work, but the results don't taste quite like a normal pizza.

For toppings, sauce, and cheeses, the sky is the limit. This particular pizza is a southern barbecue pizza, made with a barbecue sauce base, BBQ basted grilled chicken, and cheddar and asiago cheeses.

Step 2: Sauce It Up

Now is the time to get the flatbread out and add whatever sauce you're planning on using. Pretty much any thick viscous sauce will work. Pasta sauce, barbecue sauce, anything like that. Other items can be substituted, such as olive oil or pesto, but your mileage may vary.

Spread the sauce on thick enough to give the pizza some structural integrity, but not too thick to be overwhelming. Remember, with anything strong flavored, a little goes a long way.

Step 3: Time for Toppings

It's the fun part: choosing toppings. Pick some type of meat that complements your sauce well. Classic italian meats such as pepperoni, meatballs, or italian sausage go the best with pasta or pizza sauce. Chicken and beef go well with barbecue sauce, etc. Some things like bacon will go with anything. Be sure that any meats you use are precooked, as the pizza cooking time is not sufficient. Vegetables are allowed too! Make sure to hold off on adding the toppings until after you add the cheese.

Now for the cheese. Your cheese selection should complement both the sauce and topping. Adding some cheese with a robust flavor helps to add even more layers to the complex flavor of a pizza. Put the cheese on thick enough to help glue the toppings down.

Now, add the toppings. Adding a little bit of cheese on top of them can help keep everything held together, but it can also make your pizza more greasy. Choose carefully.

Finally, seasonings. Some spices or seasonings can take an ordinary pizza and make it extraordinary. For this pizza, I added some BBQ rub and a small amount of black pepper to give it a more bold flavor. For traditional italian pizzas, adding oregano, basil, and thyme can help add flavor.

Step 4: Get Baked

Not you, the pizza. Preheat your oven to around 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit. With flatbread, you really don't need a pizza stone and you can bake right on the oven rack. If your pizza is small enough and you have a large toaster oven, that will work great.

Bake for about 5 minutes or until the crust edges start to turn golden brown and the cheese bubbles.

When the pizza is done, pull it out and let it cool. Wait several minutes before cutting it to avoid pulling all of the toppings off in a cheesy mess.

Step 5: Done!

Finally! Eat it!

If you did everything right, you probably spent less than 15 minutes making this pizza. So, next time you think about fast food for a late night snack, reach for your flatbread instead.

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