Grilling flatbread on the barbecue adds a delicious smoky flavour. In this flatbread, we’ve combined strawberries with tomatoes. Imagine! The sweetness of both, coupled with tart green apple, is spectacular!
In large mixing bowl, add 2 cups (500 mL) flour, seeds, yeast, sugar, and salt. Gradually stir in warm water and olive oil with wooden spoon. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 10 minutes. Cover and let rest on floured surface for 10 minutes. Alternatively, knead dough in bowl of electric mixer fitted with dough hook attachment. Set aside in lightly oiled bowl with a kitchen towel overtop while preparing remaining ingredients.
Prepare cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and apple, and place in large bowl.
In small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice or vinegar, salt, and pepper together until emulsified. Drizzle over tomato and strawberry mixture and gently fold together. Set aside.
Grease barbecue and preheat grill to 400 F (200 C). On lightly floured surface, roll out dough into large 14 in (35 cm) round. Alternatively, divide dough in half and roll into 2 oval-shaped flatbreads. Lightly brush both sides with oil.
When barbecue is hot, place crust(s) on grill and bake, covered, for 3 to 7 minutes, or until underside is grill-marked and lightly browned and the top has started to bubble. Keep watching to make sure temperature is not so high that it causes burning, as all barbecues are different.
Flip crust(s) over. Grill other side for 3 to 4 minutes, until lightly browned and dough is cooked through. Remove from grill and transfer to large wooden board or platter. Scatter tomato mixture overtop. Sprinkle with goat feta and basil. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil and some balsamic, if you wish. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.
TIP: Substitute gluten-free flour for all-purpose flour, if you wish; but place gluten-free crust on a well-oiled baking sheet on barbecue, rather than directly over the grill. Alternatively, purchase prepared, frozen pizza dough from your local grocery store. Thaw and knead seeds in before setting aside to rise.
This recipe is part of the The Most Beautiful Recipes for Mother's Day collection.
These whimsical weeknight quesadillas offer a great excuse to break out the long-forgotten waffle iron. The smoky, tangy pepper sauce is the perfect sidekick for this dish, but it’s also wonderful when tossed with pasta, stuffed into sandwiches, and slathered on burgers. TIP : When assembling quesadillas, keep fillings centred 1/2 in (1.25 cm) from the edge of the tortilla so they don’t spill over. TIP : Chipotle chiles are dried, smoked jalapenos. Adobo is a slightly sweet red sauce. Put them together in a can and they become a versatile pantry staple to add deep smoky heat to sauces, dips, marinades, and soups. No waffle iron? Then make these quesadillas using this skillet method. Place 1 tortilla in skillet, preferably cast iron, and cook over medium heat until dark spots appear and bottom is crispy, about 1 1/2 minutes. Turn over and cook until crispy and darkened on the other side. Remove tortilla from skillet and replace with another tortilla. Cook until darkened and crispy on one side, flip, and top with stuffing ingredients. Place crispy tortilla on top, press down gently, cover pan, and cook for 1 minute, or until cheese has melted.
This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.
Treat yourself to a steak dinner, using tofu instead of meat. The tangy chili-spiked marinade does double-duty as a finishing sauce and transforms otherwise bland tofu into a dish that’ll sound your taste buds’ fire alarm. Bird’s eye pepper would be a good substitute for habanero if needed. Dousing the fire If you find yourself with a mouth on fire after taking a bite of a chili-infused dish, don’t try to douse it with water. Instead, reach for a glass of milk. The protein casein in dairy is known to help subdue the flame. Water won’t help nearly as much.