Pizza is great. But what if we told you that something greater, perhaps even tastier, exists? Don’t get us wrong, we love pizza. But the crispy base, adventurous toppings, and bite-size portions of flatbread are pretty damn delicious. And sometimes it’s nice to go a little lighter on the dough and cheese. Key word: sometimes. Give these 11 flatbread recipes a whirl—and don’t blame us if you give up late-night pizza for good.
11 Adventurous Flatbread Recipes That Put Pizza to Shame
Sometimes the simplest combinations yield the best results. In this recipe, a few high-quality ingredients combine to make a light yet incredibly tasty appetizer or snack. Pro tip: Use a white, crumbly, aged cheddar for the best flavor. We also recommend drizzling a touch of honey on top of the cheese before baking for a hint of sweet.
This recipe is a lazy chef’s dream. Simply sauté ground turkey, brush the flatbread with olive oil, top with deliciousness (in this case, veggies and crumbled feta), and pop it in the oven. You can even skip the turkey and use premade chicken breast or no meat at all—but then you'll definitely want extra cheese. We do, however, suggest making your own tzatziki. The taste is worth the extra chopping.
It’s hard to go wrong with prosciutto and arugula. Add shaved Parmesan and a homemade sun-dried tomato chutney, and you’ve got yourself a party pleaser—even if it’s only a party of one. The best part: The recipe calls for lavash bread from Trader Joe’s. Why make dough from scratch when, well, you don’t have to?
We love salads—especially when they’re served on top of bread. This fun dish works as a main meal or a side and can be pulled together in under 15 minutes. Go wild experimenting with the toppings but don’t skimp on the red pepper flakes or balsamic (or the cheese, but that goes without saying).
Close your eyes, picture a taco, then a pizza. Now imagine the two glorious foods merging. Open your eyes and meet the California chicken flatbread. Topped with bacon, avocado, shredded cheese (we like pepper jack for extra oomph), and chipotle Ranch sauce, you’ll be drooling before you even start cooking. Yep, it’s that good.
When Marvin first sang “Oh Mercy Mercy Me,” it must’ve been after eating this. The burrata gives the flatbread a creamer, oozier texture, and cooked dates add just the right amount of sweetness. Top it off with flash-fried sage and say hello to heaven.
Ricotta and goat cheese? Now that’s a combo we can get behind. The ricotta is mixed with fresh herbs and lemon to create a garden-fresh base, and the toppings add just enough flavor to satisfy those taste buds.
The cracker-like base is the key to this super-simple, super-tasty recipe. If you don’t want to make the flatbread from scratch, use store-bought thin pizza crust—we won’t tell. As for the caramelized onions, they’re not as tough to make as their reputation suggests. You can even cut the cooking time in half; they’ll still turn out great.
Mozzarella and hummus may not sound like a match made in heaven, but trust us: They go great together. Hummus also adds extra protein to traditional caprese, meaning you have a solid excuse to eat seconds.
Juicy blueberries, soft fennel, and cloud-like flatbread make this recipe any eater’s dream come true. The pine nuts and radish shavings add a slightly crunchy texture, while the whipped feta brings all the ingredients together like one big, happy family. Don’t forget to serve with a lemon wedge—a little juice goes a long way.
Why put spinach in a smoothie when you can have it on pizza (err, flatbread)? The tangy goat cheese pairs perfectly with the dark, leafy green, and the garlic and pepper flakes give it just the right kick. We love adding artichoke hearts and swapping the mozzarella for burrata for a spinach artichoke dip copycat.