Sunday, January 17, 2010

Italian Flat Bread Recipe with Garlic

Whether is flat bread, focaccia, tomato pizza, panini, here is the one dough that does it all.


If you have any of these left after you make them (which is so unusual), they are a great basic dough, for what is called focaccia. This flat bread with a garlic butter flavor, is so delicious, you will need to double the recipe to have any left for a focaccia recipe. We use it for sandwiches, pizza's, panini's, focaccia. The sky's the limit. The soft delicious dough is great baked, grilled or fried! You decide.



Amazingly enough after all these years, its easier than ever to make them with so many variations, its always a good choice to make anytime.


Using a basic counter top grill will make this Italian Flat Bread easy to make in no time at all. Just butter the grill grids and your on your way to a perfect tasting Italian Flat Bread.




I have stuffed these with various fillings as well, chicken caesar melts, chicken parmesan, meatballs and mozzarella, tuna melts, turkey melts, ham and cheese, buffalo chicken, any sandwich filling you like goes with this bread, the suggestions can be endless.



The butter on both sides gives this a crisp delicate bread a perfect flavor.






Just a small handful of dough stretched out to make rounds is enough to make this puff up perfectly for any filling.





Using wax paper to make these and letting them rest for around 15 minutes makes them easier to handle, and all ready to be placed on the grill.









Its ok if you have something to do and let this rise all day. Keep a very wet towel over the top, with a cover or lid from your largest fry pan.







The ingredients are simple and you can make this low fat by adding skim milk and low fat ricotta or low fat cottage cheese.











4 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 pkg active dry yeast
1 cup warm skim milk (I microwave it for 25 seconds)
1 cup Ricotta or Cottage Cheese (low fat used in this recipe)
2 tsp sugar
1 clove of fresh garlic minced and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder ( use 1 1/2 teaspoons if you omit fresh) leave out this step if you want plain tasting bread.


1 stick butter this is for grilling


Dissolve sugar in warm milk and add yeast. Using a mixer beat blend flour, salt, add garlic.
Pour in the milk and Ricotta and using dough hook beat till smooth and elastic
Form into a ball, return to bowl and cover with a wet towel and large saucepan lid, cover for 2-3 hours (or until doubled). When ready, rip off a handful of dough and using wax paper makes round around 1/8 inch thick. Use your inside counter top grill or outside grill to cook, I use an electric counter top, it works great and evenly browns on both sides. To bake in the oven, I recommend purchasing a gridded grill to use as a baking grill in the oven , place on a buttered grill gridded pan and bake at 400°F, Bake until browned and crispy looking on both sides flip and cook till browned.
If making foccacia, first brush top with butter and olive oil, add rosemary, minced garlic, dried oregano, parsley, basil, black pepper, grating cheese, and mozzarella..drizzle olive oil over the top and bake till cheese is melted.
Pizza's are basic, add sauce your favorite toppings and mozzarella. I use two of these to make a panini's, just fill with meat and cheese melt some butter in a fry pan and weigh it down with a heavy skillet, flip when crisp on one side and cheese is starting to melt, brown the other side as well.
Best eaten the same day, if any leftover bag the flat bread and freeze them. Use as needed. Also, they are great toasted.






23 comments:

Claudia said...

I have to try your recipe - I love the small individual ones and that you stuff them. Also, the dissolving the yeats in warm milk. I don't think your flat breads would last long here.

allingoodfood42 said...

This looks really good. I've been looking for a good flat bread recipe. I'll have to try yours out. One question do you have to use bread flour or will all purpose flour work as well?

Trix said...

This looks amazing! I really need one of these grill thingys. I don't think I've ever seen ricotta used in a focaccia recipe, I am so curious to see how it tastes.

ARLENE said...

This looks and sounds delicious. About how many do you get from each batch of dough?

pegasuslegend said...

@claudia this is so easy and you can add anything to the dough and its awesome with dried tomato and pepperoni
@allingoodfood42...have never tried regular flour it will just be heavier, these are not so heavy as normal flour would be already.
@trix I love my foreman grill it really is a time saver, but a grill that has the grids is fine, but you would have to bake or outside grill for the marks.
@arlene depending on the size it will make 12 large 16 small

ncl117 said...

This is so similiar to the Naan bread that I made! The big difference is that I use plain greek yogurt. These look so delicious and I bet go with everything!!

Drick said...

the more I read about making breads, the more my mind is filled with the likes of me doing so - flour and dough everywhere... you know I am not good at such but this is one I am going to try...thanks, you make it sound so easy

pegasuslegend said...

@ncl117 I thought about that when I first saw Naan bread, and I guess every nationality has their own kind....not sure what naan taste like, this is a little sweet but soft, comes crunchier when you make it a focaccia..not sure what the naan is like.
@Drick you are so right looks easy because it is, but the grill makes the difference cooks quicker and evenly :)

kathyvegas said...

Fabulous idea! I'm always looking for new ways to use my panini grill..and always looking for a great bread recipe. I think I hit the jackpot here.

Cookin' Canuck said...

Wow, what soft and pillowy bread! This looks like a fantastic appetizer.

Mae said...

!!!The grilled bread is SO GREAT!

My Little Space said...

The flat breads look awesome delicious, Claudia! Good job!

alison said...

wow,it looks so fine!i love it!

Ruth said...

Hm Im going to have to try this! They look great and I know they taste great too!

Laura said...

Looks great, naan bread is a favorite in our house...:)

The Cookie Girl said...

This is on my to do list of many other recipes. I need a journal for all of them. :)

5 Star Foodie said...

I love flatbreads and homemade ones sound wonderful! I'm looking forward to making these very soon!

Cheah said...

This flat bread looks so inviting!

Bianca @southbay rants n raves said...

I must try this!

Dimitry said...

This looks great next time I'm making dough I'll try this.

tasteofbeirut said...

This bread reminded me of a country bread that is done in Lebanon and cooked in a clay oven outdoors; it looks very appetizing! I am tempted to make it now~

TeenieCakes said...

I like the idea of these flat breads and can think of all kinds of ways to use them with meals. Thx for sharing!

Gloria said...

Greetings! I haven't visited in so long! I hope you had a nice Holiday. I saw this on Pinterest and clicked on it and was happy to see your blog. These look great and I hope to try your recipe, thanks for sharing. I hope you and yours have a happy and healthy New Year!
Best,
Gloria