Flatbread: My New Best Friend

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Delicious AND photogenic!

I was reading the New York Times Dining & Wine section today, as I am wont to do on Wednesdays, and I was immediately intrigued by Mark Bittman’s article on flatbread. Bread is something that I always think would be good to make, but it seems too difficult and too time consuming. As I read about flatbread, it sounded so easy and fun that I decided to give it a try right away. The article is accompanied by a recipe for Curried Cauliflower Flatbread. I’m not generally a huge fan of cauliflower (with one big exception: a cauliflower purée that I’m sure will make it on this blog soon), so I decided to substitute eggplant.

hb_flatbread-1 I started with a very large eggplant, so I cut it in half lengthwise and put one half in the refrigerator for later. I took the remaining eggplant and cut it in half lengthwise again, then into 1/4 inch slices. I salted both sides of each slice and laid them out on a rack for about 15 minutes. Otherwise, I followed the directions in the Times recipe very closely. The eggplant took 15 minutes in a 400˚ oven. The recipe says that the bread takes about an hour. I know that my oven runs a little hot, so I checked it early. The bread was golden after just 45 minutes.

hb_flatbread-2I cut it into quarters, thinking that one piece would be enough, but it was way too good to stop there. This flatbread is dangerously good, meaning I ate half of it and had to fight the urge to sneak one more piece. I cut the rest up and put it in the fridge. I’m bringing it to work tomorrow and will let you know if it’s as good the next day. In conclusion, the delicious to difficult ratio on this flatbread is extremely favorable. You can bet I will be making it again with different vegetables and spices.

UPDATE: Still delicious for lunch, but the crusty flaky bread is now limp and soggy. Next time, I’ll invite a couple friends over and finish it while it’s fresh.

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One Response to “Flatbread: My New Best Friend”

  1. Creepayliz Says:

    Or… You could come to Seattle and make it for a couple friends!

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