Using some inspiration from Chef Mario Batali during The Chew last week, I created two flatbread pizzas. The idea behind Mario's pizza was to use soft cheese as the base of the pizza instead of tomato sauce.
I started with pre-made flatbread. On the show, Mario of course used homemade pizza dough. Although I do want to try that one day...today was about easy-peasy. So flatbread it is.
I decided to make one version a meat lovers and the other a veggie lovers.
For the meat lovers I used mozzarella as the base and then added ham, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, shallots and garlic.
For the veggie version, I spread a layer of mascarpone as the base and then added diced red peppers, broccoli, green onion, tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms, shallots and garlic.
I finished each pizza with a layer of parmesan cheese and basil before baking in an oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Here they are all baked:
Although both were tasty, the veggie version was the amazing. Mascarpone makes a brilliant pizza base. Give it a try.
We used the leftovers as a Sunday afternoon snack.