Even before the grilling season started, I’ve been thinking about making a grilled pizza. There is nothing like freshly cooked dough! A pizza eventually seemed a bit too big, but I settled for a grilled flatbread appetizer portion. I had parsley and cilantro in my fridge already, so I picked the Green Charmoula from Bon Appetit as a toping. It sounded like something I would enjoy, and it looked really pretty :-) The best thing about this dish is that you can make the components in advance. I made the dough the night before and I left the charmoula for the day off, but you can make that the day before as well and just refrigerated it until ready to use…couldn’t be easier :-)
Ingredients (2 flatbreads):
- 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 3/4 – 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 Tb sea salt
- 2 Tb whole yogurt
- vegetable oil
- 1 small jalapeño
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 1/4 cup parsley
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a medium bowl. Mix in the flour, salt, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 20 min. Add yogurt and knead until the dough becomes homogenous (~ 5 min). The dough will be wet and elastic. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for half an hour. Knead dough to deflate and then cover and refrigerate overnight.
Using a food processor, make the green charmoula by pulsing the jalapeño, cilantro, parsley, mint, ginger and oil until coarsely chopped. Season with salt and pepper. The recipe called for 1/2 oil, but I wanted to use less so I only added 1/4 cup. It still tasted delicious :-)
When ready to grill, divide dough in half, knead on a flour surface and roll it in a sort of round 1/4 inch flatbread.
Warm up the grill to medium-hot, oil the grates and grill the flatbread about 2-3 minutes per side. To prevent it from forming too many air bubbles, I stabbed it with a fork multiple times. Remove it from the grill and add your favorite toppings, but I recommend the charmoula :-)
This ended up being easy, fast and really delicious. It is true it requires a bit of preparation, but it doesn’t require too much effort. You can take a break from the kitchen and watch your favorite TV shows while waiting for the dough to rise :-) Speaking of TV shows, I have a new addiction…Gordon Ramsay’s the F word! I am hoping to try some of his recipes in the near future.
What are your favorite kitchen TV shows? ;-)