Monday, March 4, 2013

Flatbread Pizza

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 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.