With a really simple flatbread pizza recipe, a frugal yet healthy meal is never far way. Keep a packet of flatbreads in the freezer, and dinner can be on the table in only 15 minutes.
Total Time Investment: 15 minutes
We seem to eat a lot of pizza. Particularly since I discovered the stored bread dough technique. It is so easy to whip up traditional pizzas for an easy weekend dinner, stock up the freezer with homemade frozen pizza, or to make myself a quick stovetop pizza during the week.
There is the rare occasion though, when I find myself without dough, and yet I still need to pull together something simple to eat. Which is where this easy flatbread pizza recipe comes in.Dinner in 15 minutes? It is possible with this super easy #flatbread #pizza recipe. Simply keep a packet of flatbreads in the #freezer, chop up a few of your favourite toppings, & a speedy #dinner will never be too far away. Click To Tweet
Flatbread pizza is exactly as it sounds; a pizza built on a flatbread rather than a traditional dough crust. Flatbread pizzas do, however, cook significantly quicker than a dough based pizza.
I always have flatbreads in my freezer. They are useful for quick wraps, or to whip up a batch of speedy flatbread crackers. And occasionally they are pressed into service as pizza bases.
Aside from quickly curbing my hunger, having an easy flatbread pizza recipe on hand is also a great way to introduce small children to making their own pizzas. With no dough to contend with, they can easily assemble their own pizzas if you have already taken care of the sauce and the toppings.
When The Princess was small, she would eat flatbread pizzas for lunch during the school holidays. I would prepare and freeze all the toppings, and then just point her in the right direction when she appeared looking for lunch. These days she is likely to eat two at one sitting, but as they are so easy to prepare, that’s perfectly fine by me.
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Ingredient Substitutions for Flatbread Pizzas
When it comes to toppings, you are only limited by your imagination, and what’s in the pantry. Keep tinned artichokes and jarred olives on hand. Try bacon or ham in place of salami. Top the pizza with fresh rocket and a scatter of sliced almonds when it comes out of the oven. It’s your dinner, so top it however you wish.
Commercial pizza sauces can be used in place of homemade pizza sauce, and if you have neither spread a thin layer of tomato sauce (passata) over the base. In a pinch you can even use a smear of concentrated tomato paste. Caramelised onions, pesto or a thin layer of béchamel can all be used on the base in place of the traditional tomato base.
Freezer Tips for your flatbread pizza recipe
If you can do a little work upfront, and stock your freezer with pizza fixings, then you can whip up your flatbread pizza recipe in absolutely no time at all. Try these ideas to get ahead:
- Make your pizza sauce in advance: I may be biased, but I think I make the best pizza sauce 😉 My homemade pizza sauce will keep for up to a week in the fridge, so you can make it ahead and use it through the week for speedy meals. I also freeze pizza sauce in 1 cup portions and in ice cube trays so I always have some on hand.
- Grate & freeze the cheese: Grated cheese freezes brilliantly. Grate a large amount all at once (then you only have one lot of dishes) and keep it in the freezer ready to scatter over your pizza at a moment’s notice.
- Cut and freeze your favourite pizza toppings: Many of the more popular pizza toppings can also be frozen ahead of time, ready for quick assembly. Chop or slice your preferred toppings into pizza-sized pieces, then freeze flat on a tray. Once frozen, put each ingredient into a separate container. Whilst this may seem like an extra step, freezing foods flat before storage prevents them sticking together in a clump; the enemy of a fast meal.
How To Cook Your Flatbread Pizza
A flatbread pizza is cooked in the same manner as a traditional pizza; the only difference is the cooking time. Flatbread pizzas will be ready in 8 – 10 minutes, so keep an eye on them to ensure you don’t burn your dinner.
Flatbread pizzas can be cooked in the traditional oven, or even on the grill with great success. My preferred method for these flatbread pizzas is to use a benchtop pizza oven. They are quick to heat up (much faster than the oven) and are simple enough to use that even The Princess can operate it without my help. If you make a lot of pizza I highly recommend you invest in one.
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The Best Quick & Easy Flatbread Pizza Recipe in 15 Minutes
- 1 flatbread
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) Homemade Pizza Sauce
- 40 g (1/3 cup) Mozzarella cheese grated
- Desired toppings
- Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan forced)
- Line a baking tray with baking paper, and place the flatbread on the tray.
- Spread the pizza sauce over the flatbread.
- Scatter the grated cheese over the sauce.
- Add your desired toppings. Try not too add too many toppings as this will cause the pizza to go soggy.
- Place the baking tray in the oven, and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the pizza is browned to your liking.
- Remove from the oven, cut into slices and enjoy!
Update notes: This post was updated on 16th May 2018 to include additional post links, and to add freezer tips.