As part of my Snack Night Initiative , I bring to you…make-your-own flatbread pizza night simplicity! This has to be one of the easiest, most versatile recipe ideas. All you need is a pack of flatbreads and some toppings! In the colder months I make these on the pizza stone in my oven, but in the summer try throwing them on the grill!
Here are some of my favorite combinations:
- Tomato, fresh basil, red onion & mozzarella
- Ricotta, baby spinach leaves, garlic & red pepper flakes
- BBQ sauce, grilled chicken, Gouda cheese, pineapple, jalapeno, red onion & cilantro
- Marinara sauce, Italian sausage, sweet peppers, onions & mozzarella
- Goat cheese, roasted zucchini & squash, garlic, fresh parsley & Parmesan cheese
- Marinara sauce, roasted eggplant, sweet peppers, mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses
- Ricotta, bacon, caramelized onions & roasted red peppers
What can you come up with?
This isn’t so much about a recipe, rather, an idea. Snack night has been a weekly occurrence in our household for just a couple months. I got the idea from Ben’s mother, Haynes, who used to do this for Ben & his sister when they were growing up. One evening over the summer when we were living with them before our trip to Thailand, her and I shared a tapas night very similar to this–with hummus, pita chips, fresh summer tomatoes and cucumbers. This time, I used hummus, carrots, chorizo-stuffed olives, grapes, salami, Vermont sharp cheddar, toasted pita and sourdough crostini. Combine this with a movie or game night and you’ve got a fun and easy evening for two or the whole family!
I have recently introduced “Snack Night” into our dinner repertoire, much to the satisfaction of Ben. For me, the joy of snack night is that I can throw together something easy and get away with cooking very little. I normally serve 2-3 different items to make it a filling meal. Consider these Cucumber-Lox Tea Sandwiches, which require no cooking at all!
– 1 English cucumber, sliced
-1 block of cream cheese, softened
-2 tbsp mayonnaise
-1 package of Italian dressing mix (like Good Seasons)
- Mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, and Italian dressing mix.
- Slice pumpernickel into small slices (enough room to fit two pieces of cucumber). Toast in oven or toaster.
- Spread cream cheese mixture onto each slice of pumpernickel. Top each with two pieces of cucumber. Sprinkle cucumber with dill. Top each piece with lox.