24 Flatbread Recipes That Are Almost Better Than Pizza
We'd be lying if we said there was anything on this Earth better than pizza. But when you break it down, even the best recipes are comprised of just a few basic ingredients: bread, sauce, and toppings. On those days when you don't feel like dealing with a complicated sauce or dough, why not try a simple flatbread instead? We've get more than a few flatbread ideas up our sleeve. Tell pizza to move on over — these 24 flatbread recipes will more than earn a place in your heart.
When we eat lunch, we usually have our potato chips on the side, but this genius flatbread recipe puts them directly on the pizza. We will be doing that from here on out, thank you very much. (via Brit + Co)
This flatbread recipe is the definition of comfort food. While naan normally features yogurt, we swapped that ingredients for cashew yogurt to make a vegan flatbread that everyone can enjoy. It's more flaky than chewy, and it's filled with vegan mozzarella, and tastes uh-maze-ing when paired with our coconut chickpea curry dipping sauce. Try saying that five times fast. (via Brit + Co)
This flatbread is extra fun and can be used at different times of the year! Finely chopped broccoli makes up the grass on the "field." Once you have that spread out, melt some cream cheese until it's soft and use a Ziplock bag with a corner cut off to create the yard lines. (via Brit + Co)
This pizza features an ingredients we never thought to put on our pizzas before: cream cheese. With the tomatoes and the artichokes, the cream cheese rounds out the saltiness in a very tasty way. And of course, you can't forget the basil ;). (via Culinary Hill)
This flatbread recipe is a great addition to all your summer picnics this year. You'll want to add all your favorite veggies onto your flatbread, overtop of the cheese and dill, and then brush them with olive oil. Bake for around 25 minutes, which is just enough time to watch your favorite episode of The Office. It's a win-win. (via A Spicy Perspective)
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Homemade garlic butter (with some added spice) will give your flatbread extra flavor, without a ton of extra effort. Top with cheese and basil and voilà.
If you're not a huge fan of vegetable flatbreads, make one with chicken instead! This is perfect for anyone and everyone who loves buffalo chicken wings, and the Greek yogurt drizzle and avocado tone down the spiciness a bit. You can mix up the ratio of yogurt to buffalo sauce depending on how spicy you like it. (via Salt & Lavender)
In this flatbread the tomatoes are on top, not in the sauce. Smokey baba ghanoush takes the place of marinara, while a scattering of hazelnuts add some crunch to the dish. You won't be able to resist this easy flatbread recipe's nutritious and fresh toppings, like herbs and tomatoes. Bon appetit! (via Veggies by Candlelight)
Roasted grapes add sweetness to this easy flatbread recipe, which is balanced with some pungent blue cheese. Red onions, honey, and herbs bring it all together. We love unique flatbread ideas like this one that stand out for their creativity and flavor. (via Spiced)
Salty cured pastrami makes its way from rye bread to flatbread in this flatbread recipe idea. Top it with all the usual suspects: Swiss cheese, pickles, and a creamy dressing. It all comes together for a creative take on flatbread that any pastrami lover would be proud of. (viaBelly Full)
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This flatbread is high protein, low calorie, and has avocado, chicken, and bacon?! Count us in.
We don't know about you, but we think salad is always better when it’s paired with carbs. The greens are even more interesting in this easy flatbread recipe, because instead of lettuce, you’ve got hearty kale, which can stand up to the crunch of roasted chickpeas. Delicious and nutritious? Sign us up! (via The Pastiche)
It doesn't have to be November to enjoy this flatbread recipe — it'll put you in the holiday spirit any time of year. We didn't know Thanksgiving food could get any better, but you can't beat this combo of turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and balsamic vinegar green beans. (via Brit + Co)
You really can’t go wrong with putting bacon on flatbread. It truly does make for one of the best flatbread recipes. It adds a smokey saltiness that’s the perfect balance to the rest of the toppings, including Brussels sprouts and balsamic vinegar. (via Gimme Some Oven)
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This flatbread recipe has all of our favorite things: chicken, bacon, and cheese. You can feel free to marinate the chicken in a sweet and spicy sauce, or add some sugar to the bacon while it fries, but leaving the recipe as-is will be delicious too.
Take a trip around the world and try one of our favorite flatbread ideas. Similar to Turkish pizza, this meal features za’atar-spiced lamb. Complete the dish with creamy sumac yogurt and a fresh vegetable salad. We don't know about you, but the added freshness component of this flatbread recipe is enough to have our mouths watering. (viaMy Kitchen Love)
Does it get much more Insta-worth (and delicious) thank this? Sweet figs, caramelized onions, and tangy balsamic reduction — it’s hard to go wrong with that flavor combination. Pair with some salty, creamy cheese and you have a winning flatbread idea. (via The Spice at Home)
This flatbread is the perfect way to use up extra zucchini. It’s jazzed up with flatbread toppings like hemp seed oil, lemon, yogurt, and fresh herbs for a bright Mediterranean meal that begs to be served with a cold glass of wine. We'll be eating this one alfresco. (via Heinstirred)
Tender naan is one of our favorite flatbreads. Add garlicky flatbread toppings alongside broccoli, ricotta, and olives, and you’ve got dinner. This recipe is so delicious, it's sure to become a go-to fave. (via Umami Girl)
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Mini flatbread pizzas always sound like a good idea. Using ingredients like pre-made Alfredo sauce or frozen chicken nuggets will help you cut down on your prep time.
Chicken, shrimp, andouille sausage, and peppers — this jambalaya-inspired flatbread idea has it all. Just swap the rice for flatbread and you’ve got the perfect Louisianan finger food. Serve this one at parties for a serious crowd-pleaser that's sure to keep guests coming back for more. (viaPepper Delight)
Potatoes have a surprising creaminess that can help temper the fire of habanero peppers. Add a little vegan cream cheese and you’ve got the ultimate comfort food with a kick. We love how creative and unique this flatbread recipe is! (viaThe Savory Vegan)
Juicy steak makes this dish a proper entree. Bright balsamic and smooth honey goat cheese add tangy and sweet flavors that brighten up the whole meal. (viaThe Creative Bite)
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Garlic aioli and ultra-thin potatoes come together on this flatbread for a flavor and consistency that can't be beat. You do *not* want to forget the feta and Parmesan...or the crushed red pepper...or the truffle oil.
Types of FlatbreadPhoto by Gabrielle Cepella on Unsplash
Now that you have some recipes for inspo, let's get specific about the myriad options out there when it comes to flatbread. What makes a flatbread, well, a flatbread? Well, it's kind of like it sounds... it's bread that generally doesn't rise and therefore stays flat, making it the perfect vehicle for toppings and sauces.
Here are some of our favorite types of flatbread around the world, according to The Spruce:
- Chepati (South Asian and African)
- Focaccia (Italian)
- Frybread (Native American)
- Lavash (Armenian)
- Matzah (Jewish)
- Naan (West and South Asian)
- Pita (Mediterranean)
- Roti (South Asian)
- Tortillas (Central American)
Flatbread Pizza Ideas
Need even more inspo? Here are some of our favorite toppings for adding to flatbread:
- Black beans
- Pickled vegetables
- Almond butter
- Peanut butter
- Cashew butter
- Fresh herbs
- Roasted vegetables
- Roasted nuts
We hope one of these flatbread recipes sounds good enough to test in the dinner rotation this week. Share your comments or ideas below and follow us on Pinterest for more recipe ideas, and don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter!
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