Made from a simple mixture of flour, water, and salt, flatbread is typically unleavened, or made without yeast. Since it doesn't rise during the baking process, flatbread features a crisp, crunchy texture when baked, which makes it ideal for making pizzas and other easy-to-eat treats.
Traditional flatbreads are plain, but there are many varieties to satisfy any taste. You can find savory flatbreads flavored with spicy jalapenos, curry powder, black pepper, Italian herbs such as basil and oregano, along with rye, caraway seeds or rosemary. Some flatbreads also contain flax or sesame for added flavor and texture.
It's easy to transform flatbread into an easy, yet delicious, lunch for any occasion. Whether you're looking for a fast lunch at your work desk, or want to create a lunch buffet for a bridal or baby shower, flatbread will make an ideal starting point for many different kinds of mid-day meals.
Here are some flatbread lunch recipe ideas to get you started:
1. Flatbread Pizzas
If your favorite type of pizza features a crispy crust, you may love making personal pies with flatbread. Flatbread pizzas are ideal for birthday parties and other kids' event because every guest can have fun customizing his or her own lunch.
To make a personal-size pizza, spread any type of sauce, such as marinara, Alfredo or pesto, onto a piece of flatbread and top it with shredded cheese. Your topping choices are endless, ranging from classic pepperoni and mushroom to gourmet grilled asparagus, brie, arugula, and apple slices. Bake until the cheese is melted and the flatbread is crisp.
You can also make seasonal flatbread pizzas, such as a pumpkin and kale combination in the fall, and garden-fresh tomatoes and grilled zucchini in the summer.
2. Flatbread Wraps
Flatbread wraps are also easy to customize and eat on the go. You can make a breakfast-inspired wrap with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumbers, or keep it fresh and simple with deli meat or tuna salad, lettuce, and tomatoes.
For vegetarians, a Southwest-flavored wrap made with black beans, avocado, red onions, cilantro, and a chipotle dressing is sure to satisfy.
3. Flatbread Sandwiches
As an alternative to boring white bread, make a sandwich using flatbread instead. They are hearty enough to accommodate the heaviest of fillings, such as corned beef and sauerkraut for a Reuben sandwich, or even a club sandwich featuring several layers of meat, cheese, and vegetables.
Flatbreads also make good melts and will get a crispy texture when baked in the oven. Fill the bread with tuna salad and top with cheese as one idea, or make a vegan melt using grilled vegetables, and a soy cheese alternative.