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Grilled Garlic Flatbread Cooking View

That three day weekend we just had was pretty great.  Can we do that again?  Our weekend did not include most of the typical Hoosier Memorial Day activities such as going to the race, watching the race, or caring about the race in any way beyond avoiding all the associated traffic.  Instead, we spent the majority of the weekend outside playing with the kids in mud puddles (their idea of paradise, apparently) and planting our vegetable and herb gardens.  We did, however, fire up the grill and have friends over for dinner.

My BFF since kindergarten came over with her sweet little family and we had a wonderful time watching our kids play together, us shouting at each other over all their ruckus in an attempt at adult conversation.  This grilled garlic flatbread made for a fantastic starter served with tzatziki sauce, hummus, whipped feta dip and roasted tomatoes.  This is the kind of thing that I always adore in restaurants but up until now hadn’t made at home.  Double good news – it is super easy and the dough freezes really well.  I think I’ll be keeping it stocked in our freezer to have on hand for sudden get togethers and impromptu parties.  Bottom line, this is a recipe you’ll want in your repertoire whether for entertaining or simply rounding out your own meal.  Who can resist grilled bread?  Not I, friends.  Not I.

(As a side note, the whole meal from appetizer through dessert went together really well.  Would any of you be interested in a menu section with suggested menus for various occasions?  Like, small summer dinner party, for example?)

Grilled Garlic Flatbread
Yield: 8 flatbreads

Ingredients

2-3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1¼ tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. instant (rapid rise) yeast
2 tbsp. olive oil
¾ cup (6 oz.) water, at room temperature
2 cups (8½ oz.) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup (5 7/8 oz.) semolina
1 tbsp. nonfat dry milk
½ tsp. garlic powder

Cooking View

Directions

  • To make the dough, combine the garlic, salt, sugar, yeast, olive oil, and water in a large mixing bowl (or the bowl of an electric mixer.)  Stir with a fork to blend well.  Stir in the flour, semolina, dry milk and garlic powder. Knead (with the dough hook, if using a mixer), until a soft, supple dough forms.

  • Form the dough into a ball, transfer to a lightly oiled medium bowl.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise until it starts to puff up, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.*

  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface.  Divide into 8 equal portions.  Roll each dough piece out into 7- to 8-inch rounds.  Lay out the shaped rounds on a lightly oiled surface (baking sheets and/0r cutting boards for a less wasteful option, squares of parchment or wax paper alternatively).  Let stand about 30 minutes to puff up slightly.

  • Meanwhile, heat a grill to medium-high.  Oil the grates if necessary.  When the dough is ready, place the dough rounds a few at a time on the grill in a single layer.  Let grill until golden brown and bubbled on both sides, flipping once during cooking.  Repeat with the remaining dough rounds.  Slice the finished flatbreads into small wedges and serve as desired with dips, etc.

  • *After this rise, the dough can be wrapped tightly and frozen.  To use later, thaw in the refrigerator, at room temperature, OR in the microwave on defrost in short intervals.  When the dough is has lost all chill and is malleable, proceed with shaping and grilling as directed.

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  • Charlotte

    Thanks for the recipe! And I would LOVE a menu section, it’s a great idea.

  • Siunna Baek

    The grilled bread looks sooo good! As for the menu section suggestion..YES PLEASE! :)

  • Katrin

    Oh Annie, that you even have to ask! I for one always love to see more of your work and am equally curious to see what menus you might have in store.

    This looks so delicious & I can’t wait to try it out!

  • amy

    I would be EXTREMELY interested in a menu section…I really struggle with that. :) THANKS Annie!

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This flatbread looks lovely Annie! I need to give it a try :)

  • mayazankoul

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and enjoy every single post. I LOVE the idea of the menu section, it would be so helpful. I always struggle whenever I have friends coming over as to what appetizers goes with which main course, etc. It would be so helpful! Thank you for your blog :)

  • Rachel Kirby

    What an awesome recipe. Thank you! Can’t wait to try.
    I would definitely be interested in sample meal plans :-)

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    Grilled bread is such and awesome thing!! I love dipping it into something very cheesy! This recipes is killer!!

    I think you menu ideas would awesome!

  • Rachel Tilly

    This looks delicious! I’m helping throw a couples shower for my best friend later this summer and this would be a great addition to our spread.

    Menu section=YES!! I think that would be a wonderful addition to your blog and so helpful to your loyal readers :) Love your work Annie!

  • Jamie Martin

    I love the idea of a menu section! That is always one of the hardest parts of entertaining for me!

  • LibrarianLizy

    I love menus so yes, please!

  • Joy

    The flatbread looks amazing, and I’m all over anything served with tzatziki and feta :). I’d also love a menu section! I’d like to entertain more but need help deciding what to serve.

  • Helena

    This has gone straight on the ‘to make’ list! And a menu section would be great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelsey.morgan.756 Kelsey Morgan

    This is the kind of appetizer I could eat so much of I find myself full before my entrée arrives! It looks delish. I’d love to see a menu section.

  • Kristine Pohlmann Stewart

    This looks positively yummy! A menu section would be a wonderful idea!!!!!

  • http://thatgirlgwen.tumblr.com/ Gwen Daniels

    I second all the comments above mine: A menu section sounds awesome! Sounds awesome, just like this bread with the accompanying dips.

  • Lauren Ochoa

    I do that anyway with your site (lemon thyme chicken with garlic rice pilaf and garlic roasted broccoli for dinner and sour cream coffee cake for dessert anyone?). Haha, but if you wanted to make it even EASIER on me by making the meal suggestions and grouping the links together, why certainly! I would love that! One thing I like to do with your blog is go to the annual end of year “best of” lists now and then to rediscover a recipe I made only once and forgot about or possibly a recipe that might have slipped through the cracks and gotten missed. That said, I definitely have my faves (like spinach tortellini soup, stovetop Mac and cheese, pizza dough and spicy bean burritos) that I can just about whip up from memory. I’m about a step or two behind you in terms of my culinary education so it’s been fun following along and I know I will continue to do so no matter what direction your blog goes in.

  • Colleen Raby

    Looks delish! Can you specify which of the dips is pictured above? Just curious…

  • abc

    Yes, menus would be great!

  • Lindsey Stevenson

    I would love a menu section as well! I’m frequently planning menus with the recipes on your site, so the new section would be super helpful!

  • Sarah

    Menu suggestion, yes please!

  • Nicolette

    Would love a menu section, that would be great! Can’t wait to try this.

  • TreeTai

    I was just thinking yesterday that I could use a menu section for my little bbq this weekend. I recently started following your blog (the only one I do) and I’m so in love with everything going on here. You’re a life champion.

  • Tiffani

    Oh my, yes! Please start the menu section!

  • Diana

    I’m a fellow Hoosier with absolutely no interest in the race. None at all.
    I would love menu ideas!!

  • Jackie

    Of course we’d be interested in menu suggestions :)

  • Heather Koziarz

    Would LOVE a menu section! That app looks amazing, I can see it just being a lovely light dinner

  • http://tideandthyme.com/ Laura

    I’ve got a bunch of semolina I’ve been hoarding – now I know what to do with it! I could eat this for dinner on a hot summer night.

  • Caroline L.

    One of my favorite treats! I can just imagine bringing this on picnics and porch swing deep talks… thanks for sharing!

  • arenda

    Yum, that looks delicious! And yes, I’d be all over a menu section – what a great idea! :)

  • Kate

    Can you describe the texture of this flatbread? Soft, chewy, crispy? I always have some of your pita bread in my freezer but I’d be interested in squeezing another kind in there!

  • Kim

    Yes please (pretty please!) to the menu section!

  • Autumn Wieland

    A yes for a menu section!

  • disqus_VmC2D9oBAk

    This will be on the grill tomorrow!!! Yum!

  • Abby

    Would definitely LOVE a menu section. Love your blog. It’s the first one I hit after CI (even before sometimes)!

  • Candice

    I am fairly new at entertaining so would certainly covet any menu suggestions you care to share.

  • RikiTikiTembo

    Oh yes I would LOVE a menu selection!!

  • http://lavidalaura.com/ Laura Grai

    This looks like the perfect snack – can’t wait to try the recipe!

  • Diane Hall

    I would love menu suggestions – that’s always a challenge for me when we entertain. We love to entertain so maybe that would encourage us to do more?

  • Colleen Pedrazzini

    I would love a section on suggestions for summer dinner party, baby shower????? etc. Great idea.

  • Whitney

    I would love a menu section!

  • nessa

    I love homemade flatbread, and this looks fabulous!

  • twobytwomom.com

    I would LOVE a menu section! I used to love planning menus…then I had two sets of twins and now just want the menus already planned out, lol. Great idea!

  • Lauren

    This looks like a perfect summer lunch, with a fruit smoothie. Now if it would stop raining for a few days, I could go make it. And I would love a menu section – sometimes I just don’t have space in my brain to figure that out.

  • Irini

    Hi Annie! I would love menu suggestions. I even sometimes check your party menus to get ideas. A question about this flatbread, can it be baked in the oven or a non stick frying pan? I don’t have an outdoors grill. :(

  • annieseats

    I’m sure it would be fine in a skillet or something. I think cast iron would be best, probably.

  • annieseats

    Wow, that’s high praise! Thank you so much!

  • annieseats

    It’s much thinner than the pita, soft and chewy in texture (as long as you don’t overcook it). This is definitely different and definitely worth making!

  • Lydia

    Menu suggestions is a brilliant idea! I am always looking for new ideas when it comes to entertaining. :)

  • Kira Sunshine

    Yes! I would love a menu section.

  • Vic Cairns

    Menu suggestions – that’s an awesome idea! Yes, please! These flatbreads look AMAZING – loving the whipped feta dip too!

  • Jenn V

    Made this as an afternoon snack today and it was delicious! I didn’t feel like using the outdoor grill so I just used my stovetop grill, and they came out perfectly. I will be making these a lot, especially this summer!

    Yes, I’d love to see some menu ideas!

  • Stiner Kitchen

    Yes, yes, yes to sample menus! I am making one right now for a summer dinner party and am hodge-podging it from various sites…though mostly from yours! (and I am using this flatbread recipe btw.)

  • http://www.quarterlifecrisiscuisine.com/ Ashley Bee

    Yumm… I love flatbread! It’s the perfect vehicle for all sorts of tasty things.

  • Natalie Stachon

    Hi Annie! I’m just now reading this post but I would definitely love any and all menu tips. Love your blog! Thanks for doing what you do. -Natalie