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Easy Appetizer Bread Recipes: How To Make Flatbread Lavash Appetizer Pizzas

Flat Bread Pizza Recipe

I made this recipe up after I had gone out to dinner one night and had the best appetizer ever! It was a sort of flat bread topped with mushrooms, spinach and feta cheese.  When I asked the servers at the restaurant, they were not sure what the bottom of the appetizer was - it seemed like a kind of flat bread, but then it seemed like a kind of tortilla as well.

Well, curiosity got the better of me so I had to begin experimenting.  I tried several different tortillas; I tried several different flat breads but none of them seemed to give the exact texture.  Then just by chance, I was in Trader Joe's and on the bread rack, I spied something I thought was just what I needed!  It was called Lavash Bread.  To be honest, the only place I've ever found it is at Trader Joe's - and here is the recipe I made up once I finally found it. 

This is rather like a flat bread pizza and is so good sometimes we end up eating this instead of dinner rather than as an appetizer!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 package of Lavash bread (Trader Joe's or other)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • Fresh spinach leaves, washed, dried, torn into small bits
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese shredded
  • Chopped mushrooms
  • Artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • Kalamata olives (cut in half or whole)
  • Mozzarella or other Italian cheese
  • Cilantro lime sandwich spread from deli (I got mine at Safeway)



PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cover large jelly roll pan or baking sheet with foil and spray with vegetable spray - or just spray sheet with cooking spray.
  3. You can either cut the Lavash bread to fit the tray and make cuts most of the way through the bread, or cut them into the squares ahead of time and place on the baking sheet in 1 layer. I make a cut almost all the way through the larger pieces of Lavash bread and then just break apart when done - it keeps the sides closer together when I'm adding ingredients and easily separates after baking.
  4. Lightly spray Lavash bread with olive oil spray.
  5. Place a few dollops of cilantro lime sandwich spread (or pesto or sun-dried tomato) on the Lavash bread and smear as a thin film over all the bread - I basically only used a few tablespoons for the whole tray - you just want a bit of flavor.
  6. Sprinkle on the feta cheese over all the bread.
  7. Sprinkle on the spinach and mushrooms.
  8. Sprinkle on the artichoke hearts and olives.
  9. Top all with a light dusting of cheese.
  10. Place in oven on middle rack and cook for 15 minutes - check - bake a few minutes longer if necessary - just until Lavash bread is starting to crisp up and the cheese is melting.
  11. Remove - let sit on rack for 5 minutes and then cut into slices.

Other Substitutions

  • If you can't find Lavash bread, other flat breads do work
  • Tortillas work - just cut to fit the pan
  • Substitute goat cheese for the feta cheese
  • Substitute any type of mushrooms - I use regular mushrooms but all are delicious
  • Use marinated artichoke hearts or frozen, thawed
  • Substitute regular olives for the kalamatas
  • Substitute cheddar or white cheddar cheese
  • Add fresh flaked salmon
  • Anything you can make into a pizza you can do this Lavash bread with - it is basically a flat bread pizza.

Summing It Up

This is a super easy, super quick appetizer recipe but it is a wonderful flat bread pizza, too! I have taken this to dinner parties as the appetizer or even to BBQ's and it lasts very well. It gets crispier the longer it is on the plate so becomes a very nice finger food if you cut it into small enough portions.

Try some of the substitutions too - I especially love the one I make with salmon!

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Comments

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on February 21, 2011:

Sounds great Gigi - thanks for stopping by!

gigi nichols on February 21, 2011:

They use to serve Lavasch at my favorite restruant as an appetiser.They spread the entire sheet of Lavasch with Havarti cheese and melted it until it was bubbly and hot.That was when we had our cocktails.To die for.Didn't need anoher thing on it.Flat bread came from Hickory Farms.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on June 22, 2010:

Celine - thanks a bunch for stopping by!

celinewayne on June 22, 2010:

great recipe,

i've never tried this before, but looks yummy

thanks also the video =)

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 10, 2010:

Wonderful ideas - and thanks for sharing/commenting!

Leenie Pooh on April 10, 2010:

Thanks for the great idea! This would be a great recipe for a potluck. Here are my ideas for other ways to make this:

Use whole wheat lavosh or tortillas.

Check out Trader Joes for all kinds of spreads to use and then top with veggies that match the spread you're using.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 08, 2010:

Thanks so much for commenting, Richard - me, too! It is a great bread to work with and the possibilities are endless.

Richard Armen on March 08, 2010:

I love flatbreads and there are so many combos that you can come up with! Great hub!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 06, 2010:

Too hilarious - and yes, come one, come all - I usually cook for an army and only a regiment shows up as my brother-in-law always said....too funny. Griffin would love the company - he is moaning and groaning nonstop since he was neutered on Thursday - I believe he is crying 'what did you DO to me? Are you people insane?' Oh well - had to be done - and I think it is a tradition for small dogs to think they are giant!

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on March 06, 2010:

Oh my dear friend, I love pizza, are you inviting all your hubber friends over. I can be there shortly, but I must bring my dog, she needs to know what a big dog is because as tiny as she is she things she's big. LOL, great hub, I love to read you articles. Thanks

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 06, 2010:

Thanks - it is really good - I found a video on youtube on how they make it in India and kind of was grossing me out - some old lady squatting in the sand reaching in with a big long stick pulling it out of the ground and throwing it into a pile. Thank goodness it is cooked is all I can say - and maybe they have a more 'mechanized' way of making it these days - think I'm too sick for my own good these days and nothing is sounding or looking good!

Holle Abee from Georgia on March 06, 2010:

Never had this, but it sounds great!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 05, 2010:

Thanks, Faye!

benny Faye Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on March 05, 2010:

Thanks for sharing, sounds delicious. Godspeed. creativeonew59