6.10.2012

Flatout Pizza

For reasons that myself or my mom can't figure out 'cause goodness knows we've tried, I just never took to cooking. It just seems like such a chore most of the time and something I'd rather not be bothered with but I do believe I finally found something that I actually don't mind "cooking." And yes, I realize that to call this cooking is pushing it a bit but it does requires the chopping up of ingredients AND an oven so I think it fits the criteria however loosely.   I've discovered Flatouts.  They can be used as a wrap or as a flatbread.  These are my three creations of the flatbread variety.
The Classic Flat Out
The Classic is topped with grilled chicken, green onions, mozzarella cheese and onion sprouts.  Those black spots don't necessarily look all that appetizing but they are onion sprouts and add a lot of flavor.  I could eat a grilled chicken breast with veggies and a dinner roll or I could just put it on a Flatout and add cheese which I find infinitely more appealing.
The Mexican  Flatout
The Mexican is topped with re-fried beans, ground beef, green onions and Mozzarella or Jack cheese.  I think this one is my favorite.  You can also top it with Salsa and I suggest pairing it with an ice cold beer for maximum enjoyment.  This one has 335 calories, 18 grams of fat and 24 carbs for the whole thing.
The Italian Flatout
The Italian is topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, turkey pepperoni, garlic and basil.  It's basically Pizza but with a whole lot less carbs.  The Light Italian Herb Flatout has only 90 calories each and 9 grams of Fiber.  With toppings this version is 330 calories, 16 grams of fat and 24 carbs.

Making these feels creative and fun which is how I imagine people who like to cook feel about "real" cooking.  They are healthy, quick, easy and I can top them with anything I want for variety.  No matter what I have a craving for there is a Flatout recipe to satisfy it. I put the Flatout in the oven on broil for about four minutes so it gets crispy.  I take it out, add my toppings, bake for 8 more minutes and Voila!  Dinner is served in less then 30 minutes.
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza
I didn't make these all in one week in case you were wondering but I totally would.  Saturday night we made deep dish pizza in a cast iron skillet.  It was so good.  We used Pillsbury Pizza dough from the can and filled it with onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, turkey pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and topped it with pizza sauce and fresh garlic.  Because it's deep you can load it with toppings.  We coated the bottom of the pan with cornmeal which gives it a nice little crunch and baked it until the edges of the crust got crispy which was much longer then the recommended 6-10 minutes after topping.  My 2nd favorite food is a Quesadilla.  I guess I just prefer foods that are easy to make, that I can eat with my fingers and are covered in cheese.



14 comments :

  1. OMG! I love Flatout and I never thought of using it as pizza crust! That Mexican one looks AMAZING. Also never thought of pizza in the cast iron skillet, love it! I'll have to show Ian that one!

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    1. Homemade deep dish is the best!!! You can pile in tons of veggies and fresh toppings. It's fun to make too.

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  2. I am too full right now to even say....."GO CHEESE!!!!"
    And yes, it does count as cooking.

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  3. I never took to cooking either...but I could definitely handle this! Reminds me of the Boboli but just 100 X better. Going to look for the Flat Outs!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

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  4. I'm also not one to enjoy cooking...but I know it must be done or my hubby won't eat...this is such a great idea!

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    1. Don't you just wish you really liked cooking? I do but I guess you can't force it. Try the flat outs. It's easy and the husband loves 'em.

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  5. I so need to makes this! They all look incredible and relatively easy too!

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    1. So easy!!! It's a good quick weekday dinner for sure.

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  6. I think you are doing GREAT! As long as you are enjoying it- it's a win ;) I used to LOVE those flat outs. Now I just buy the pre-made whole wheat crusts, because I like a little more dough. I need to try the Pillsbury pizza crust. Sounds awesome!

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  7. All the food looks so tasty and I like the addition of garlic to you Italian flatout! (:

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  8. I have never heard of these, they sound delish and very easy to make.

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  9. Pizza is one of my favorite things to make - what a great post! I'm not following - thanks!

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