Now that school is back in session, and both my husband and I work full time jobs I am always looking for quick & easy dinners for the family. Just the other day I had a friend bring us some delicious flat bread from Panera Bread. This stuff is like gold! I knew I had to use it in one of my weeknight meals. What better way to utilize the sweet buttery-ness of this glorious bread than in a Flatbread pizza! When I say this flatbread pizza is easy enough for a week night, please don’t take that as less quality. What you put ON the flatbread makes it as simple or as gourmet as your imagination will allow. We decided on a traditional “pizza” with a twist for the hubby, and a barbeque chicken bacon ranch “pizza” for the teens and me. Here is how we made them. Don’t they look fabulous!?
For the hubby’s’ traditional “pizza” , we used our favorite jar marinara sauce (Francesco Rinaldi – YUM). Topped the pizza with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and caramelized onions and mushrooms. I cooked the mushrooms and onions low and slow in just a bit of butter and olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. When they were just about done I added about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and let that cook off. The taste was amazing!
The BEST “pizza” (at least the teens and I thought so) was the barbeque chicken bacon ranch “pizza”. We picked up a pre-cooked roaster chicken at walmart *TIP* If you look in the cases that are outside the hot deli counter, you can find roaster chickens made the day before that are cold for HALF the price!!*
We topped our flatbread pizza with a thin layer of sweet baby rays barbeque sauce, shredded roaster chicken, Oscar Mayer REAL bacon bits, and mozzarella cheese. After it was cooked we gave it a pretty zig zag with Kraft buttermilk ranch.
The “pizzas” cooked in a 350 degree oven for just 10 – 15 minutes on a cookie sheet, until the cheese was melted and the flatbreads were just golden brown along the edges. This quick & easy weeknight dinner took minutes to prepare and minutes to cook. We will be making these many times in the future.
If you don’t have a panera bread close to you, you can find some great substitutes in any local grocery store or walmart even. Over by the deli counter, there is a wide variety of flatbreads or pita breads you could use for this recipe.
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