Lavash Pizzas

IMG_2288Pizza is one of my all time favorite foods. I love it in any way, shape, or form — even frozen, I’m not afraid to admit. It’s a filling crowd pleaser that I always long to serve at parties, but rarely do. Why? Because it’s too much of a hassle to roll out the dough and top the pizza at the last minute. However, a month ago, when I was planning my family’s big holiday party, I was determined to figure out a way to incorporate pizza on to the menu.

The easiest thing to do was some form of flatbread, but what could be used as the dough? Pizza dough was out of the question and even rolling out puff pastry seemed like too much work. Premade doughs like Boboli are too unrefined for my entertaining style. Just when I was about to give up on the idea of serving pizza, I gave lavash a try. Lavash is a flatbread native to the Middle East. It’s sold at Whole Foods and comes in a couple varieties including whole wheat. Topped with a thin coating of sauce and your favorite fixings, the lavash makes an excellent pizza crust. The longer it sits out of the oven, the crispier the crust gets making these pizzas a perfect party snack.

They were a huge hit at our celebration and I’ve kind of become obsessed with making lavash pizzas for lunch and snacks. Use whatever sauce (marinara, pesto), cheese (cheddar, parmesan, gruyere), and toppings (mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers) you want. If you’re feeling festive, serve with cocktails or sparkling wine.

Lavash Pizza

1 Lavash flatbread
2 heaping tablespoons pesto
1/2 cup grated manchego cheese
12 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
3 slices of proscuitto, finely chopped
1/4 cup minced red pepper
1/2 cup chopped greens
1/4 cup finely grated asiago or parmesan
Salt, freshly ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Place the lavash on the foil.
  2. Spread the lavash evenly with the pesto and top with the manchego cheese. Evenly sprinkle the tomatoes, prosciutto, red pepper, and greens over the top of the pizza.
  3. Cover the vegetables with the asiago or parmesan and season the entire pizza generously with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 18-22 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the lavash is crisp and browned.
  5. Slice into triangles or squares and enjoy immediately.

Serves 1 for lunch or 2 for heavy appetizers.

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