Moroccan Flatbread

"Every recipe for this type of flatbread calls for raw onion inside the bread. I think this makes for a harsh bite, which is why I saute the onion first before folding it inside the dough."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add flour and 3/4 teaspoon of salt to yeast mixture; stir with a a mixer equipped with dough hooks or use a wooden spoon until smooth. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead a few minutes, until flour is fully incorporated. Shape dough into a ball; spray inside of a bowl with cooking spray and place the dough ball inside it. Seal bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest at room temperature for an hour.
  • Heat a pan on medium with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Saute the onions in the pan for a few minutes, until the onions become translucent. Allow to cool somewhat before proceeding to next step.
  • Combine onion, parsley, remaining olive oil, paprika, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and crushed red pepper. Mix thoroughly into a paste.
  • Cut dough into 8 equal portions. Start with one portion and cover remaining dough with a wet kitchen towel to prevent drying. Flatten each portion until very thin and shape into a square. Spoon 1 tablespoon onion mixture in center of dough. Fold left and right sides of dough together until they meet in the middle. Fold top and bottom sides together in the same way, wetting the dough if needed to get the flaps to stick. Repeat for remaining dough portions and onion mixture.
  • Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 4 flatbreads to pan; cook for 2 minutes on each side or until crisp and golden. Transfer flatbreads to cooling rack. Repeat procedure with remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil and 4 flatbreads. Serve immediately.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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