Jam-packed with veggies, nuts and herbs, this flatbread makes a hearty, satisfying appetizer. Paired with a simple green salad, it also makes a great entrée for four to six people.
1 tbsp active dry yeast
2 tsp raw honey
3 cups whole-spelt flour, plus additional for dusting
1 tsp sea salt
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 4-oz Asian-style eggplant, cut into ¼-inch slices
1/4 cup drained and sliced jarred roasted red peppers
10 pitted Kalamata olives, quartered
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp unsalted slivered almonds
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
In a small bowl, combine 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tbsp warm water (105 to 115°F), yeast and honey; set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes. Mist a large bowl with cooking spray and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine flour and salt. Drizzle with 1 tbsp oil. Add yeast mixture in 3 or 4 additions, mixing on medium speed between additions. Continue mixing until dough forms a ball and sides and bottom of bowl are clean, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer dough (it will be soft and slightly sticky) to prepared bowl and loosely cover; set aside to rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
Mist a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and gently roll into a rectangle of approximately 12 x 15 inches. Transfer to prepared baking sheet; set aside 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 500°F. Mist another large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange eggplant slices on top. Mist tops of slices with cooking spray and bake until tender but not yet cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Dimple dough with fingertips, then drizzle with 1 tbsp oil. Arrange eggplant, peppers and olives on top, then drizzle with remaining 1 tbsp oil. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, almonds and rosemary and continue baking until flatbread is browned, eggplant is very tender and almonds are toasted, 5 to 8 minutes more.
Called patatas bravas in Spanish, or “fierce potatoes,” these crispy little nuggets of potato are usually deep-fried in olive oil, but they’re equally wonderful roasted in the oven with just a kiss of oil as we’ve done.
Sweet and tender frozen petite peas, or baby peas, give our Bolognese-style sauce a burst of color and freshness. Making your own sauce from simple pantry ingredients, such as jarred peppers, canned tomatoes and dried herbs, is a great money-saving trick. Customize it to your taste by playing around with different herbs and spices.