Prep 1 hr
Cook 25 mins
A flatbread topped with roasted bell peppers and eggplant. Can't get much better. This takes some time, but is well worth it. Prep time includes roasting the vegetables. From Williams-Sonoma with a few of my own changes.
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 small eggplant
FOR THE DOUGH
- 1 2⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 egg yolk
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 12 black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
- salt & fresh ground pepper
- 2 large ripe tomatoes, cut into slices
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- Place the bell peppers and eggplant on a baking sheet and roast, turning several times to cook evenly, until peppers are blistered and blackened all over and the skin of the eggplant is wrinkled and shriveled, about 45 minutes.
- Transfer the peppers and eggplant to a plate, cover and set aside until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes.
- Peel the charred skins off the roasted vegetables. Slice each bell pepper in half lengthwise and discard the seeds, ribs and stems. Cut the peppers and egglannt into thin strips.
- In a bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder.
- Make a well in the flour and add the olive oil and egg yolk.
- Gradually add the water, mixing the wet ingredients into the flour little by little with a wooden spoon.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead until soft, smooth and elastic, about 1 minute.
- Form the dough into a ball and place in a large, lightly oiled bowl.
- Cover with a moist towel and let stand in a warm place until the dough rises slightly, about 30 minutes.
- In another large bowl, combine the eggplant and bell pepper strips with the garlic and olives, and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Lightly oil a 12 X 9 inch rimmed baking sheet.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle to fit the pan.
- Press into the prepared pan and trim away any excess dough.
- Cover the dough base with the tomato slices, drizzle 2 Tbs. of the olive oil over the tomatoe slices. Arrange the eggplant mixture evenly over the tomatoes and drizzle with remaining olive oil.
- Bake at 450 degrees F until the edges are begining to brown, about 25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
- Cut into squares and serve warm.
This was a very tasty and light dinner for us. When prompted for his opinion, DBF said "It's good, but it could use some oregano." So he sprinkled his pieces with oregano and happily munched away. In addition to the vegetables, I sprinkled low-fat feta over top. Next time, I will probably leave out the olives (at least from my half of the bread) because, try as I might, I just can't come to like the buggers. Also, instead of using fresh tomatoes over top, I might just chop up some sun-dried tomatoes and add them to the peppers and eggplant. Or I might do both kinds of tomatoes. :-) The dough was quite a bit of work for me, as I am not a big bread/dough maker, so this will likely only be for special occassions. Or I will just do the vegetables and layer it on a pre-made crust. Thanks Nimz!
This was a choice for ZWT. The toppings were an excellent combination of flavors, I did brush the dough with olive oil and then sprinkled feta cheese on top before the veggies, thank you for sharing hon!...Kitten:)