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  • ABC Flatbread

ABC Flatbread

Food | May 09, 2017 | Nik Manojlovich
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This ABC FLATBREAD recipe has a good chance of becoming your go-to recipe for summer entertaining. It’s perfect next to soup for a tasty lunch, served on its own as an afternoon snack, or as the perfect start to your next dinner party.

The ABC of this recipe is arugula, bresaola and Cambozola. If the mention of these three key ingredients has you scratching you head, fear not – here’s what you need to know to create this easy crowd-pleasing treat.

ARUGULA – We’ve been suggesting everyone eat more healthy greens, and on that list baby arugula ranks high. It’s known for its peppery flavour, but in this recipe it’s a subtle finish to our delicious starter.

BRESAOLA – The perfect ingredient for this recipe, bresaola is a top round of beef that is salted then cured, creating a rich-flavoured meat often enjoyed thin-sliced with cheese, fruit and bread. Look for bresaola at gourmet delicatessens or butcher shops that sell smoked and cured meats.

CAMBOZOLA – A combination of French soft-ripened triple cream cheese and Italian Gorgonzola, this luxurious cow’s milk cheese has a creamy texture, pockets of blue veining and a unique exterior of grey mold. Using it in this application works best if you allow the cheese to come to room temperature for about an hour before you begin.

Finally, I’ve saved the best for last! This recipe would be nothing without the stellar base I used to create it. For that you’ll need a traditional Armenian flatbread called BARBARI. Thankfully, I was able to track down this yummy bread at GARNI, a Persian-Armenian bakery located at 451 McNicoll Ave in North York. Head up the DVP if you’re up for a trip to this marvelous spot.

Once you find a source for barbari bread in your area, do as I do – buy about three of the oversized loaves, use one for the recipe and freeze the others for use at a later date. Once you defrost the frozen bread, just follow my recipe as directed. It is such a wonderful product to work with and I appreciate the lightness of the dough along with its subtle hint of sesame. It’s quite fab.

A quick note on the recipe and attached video – although I only “dress” one half of the loaf in the video, the quantity of ingredients listed in this recipe are sufficient to complete the full loaf.

Simple to prepare, this ABC FLATBREAD is bursting with unique and memorable flavours. Serve it at your next get-together as the perfect way to get your party started!

Ingredients & Amounts

  • 1 loaf of barbari
  • 6 ounces of Cambozola cheese, room temperature
  • 16 slices of bresaola, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 5 Mission figs, quartered and sliced
  • 3 cups of baby arugula
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 ounce of Grana Padano cheese, grated
  • drizzle of fig balsamic glaze
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F with the rack in the middle position. Slice barbari flatbread into two pieces lengthways and place onto a large baking sheet. Transfer to oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  2. While bread is warming, melt butter in a small skillet on medium heat. Add shallots and sauté until soft and golden. Add figs and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add a bit of salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Place oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Squeeze in lemon juice and add honey. Whisk vigorously to incorporate. Place baby arugula in a medium-sized bowl, drizzle with dressing and lightly toss.
  4. Remove the bread from the oven and place onto a cutting board. Working with the first half of bread, smear the top with about half of the Cambozola cheese. Place half of bresaola slices on top. Spoon on the sautéed figs, distributing evenly. Add the arugula salad on top and sprinkle with grated Grana Padano and a drizzle of fig balsamic glaze.
  5. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut into thin rectangular shapes and serve.

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