Olive Tapenade & Pancetta Flatbread

Flatbread cut into 3 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil.  #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
Close up of Flatbread with crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil.  #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

This is no kids-party-cheese-pizza!  Nope, this is a magical, transformational, perhaps even life-changing Flatbread with layers and layers of flavor!  Let the kids keep their plain cheese on make-your-own pizza night, this is YOUR Pizza.  This Flatbread has a crispy crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. 

While I used a Gluten Free dough (see below), you can certainly use a regular ‘with-gluten’ dough.  Either way, this recipe is perfect for outdoors during the Summer, or cozying up inside!

 

Hand holding a piece of Flatbread cut into 4 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Olives make it Healthy-ish?

Ok, who am I kidding, this recipe is not for your health, it’s for your taste buds!  However, if you do need some rationalization to indulge in this decadent Flatbread, then I present you the MIGHTY OLIVE!

As I mentioned on the blog before, they are high in fat, however, it’s a good oleic fat that has been linked to decreased inflammation and a reduced risk of heart disease.  They are also a good source of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant.  For more on the health benefits of Olives, check out this article from HeathLine.com.

Here are a couple more of my favorite Olive recipes.  Try this Creamy Olive Chicken Bake and never have bland chicken again!  Or my Pimiento Olive Dip for your next party or just for snacking with veggies!

Flatbread cut into 4 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

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PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR OLIVE TAPENADE & PANCETTA FLATBREAD

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this Flatbread recipe, you can prepare all of the toppings in advance and keep them in the fridge.  You can even precook the crust (instructions under Cooking section) and store that in the fridge.

Let’s start with the first layer, the delicious Olive Tapenade.  In a mini food processor, the olives, garlic, and olive oil. Pulse and then blend until completely blended and forming a paste.

Olive tapenade in food processor with spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Slice the pancetta into small pieces. Slice the mushrooms if not already sliced.

To a preheated large skillet, add the pancetta and to render the fat and start to crisp it up, about 6-8 minutes. Remove the pancetta pieces to a plate, leaving the fat in the pan.

Cut raw Pancetta on cutting board for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Pancetta in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Pancetta in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Scooping pancetta from skillet with slotted spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Add the sliced mushrooms to pancetta fat in the hot pan and sauté until lightly browned and softened.  Mushrooms in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Mushrooms in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
At this point, you can continue to assemble and cook the flatbread or store the ingredients in the fridge. Wait to cut the basil until you are ready to cook.

 

COOK YOUR OLIVE TAPENADE & PANCETTA FLATBREAD

Start with your favorite pizza dough.  I used Wholly Wholesome Gluten-Free Pizza Dough.  If you’re using Regular Gluten Pizza Dough, you will want to roll it out on a lightly floured surface and then stretch it out gently to form a large rectangle.  If you’re using Gluten-Free Pizza Dough, like I did, then simply press it out directly into a pan.  Either way, the goal is to get a very thin rectangle layer (as thin as you can go without breaking it) to go in the large sheet pan, filling up as much space as possible. If you do rip the dough or create a whole, simply press it back together again.

Hand pressing Flatbread dough out in a pan for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

For a really crispy crust, I like to prebake the crust for 10 minutes, then take out and set aside until ready to assemble.

Spread a thin layer of the olive tapenade over the flatbread, then top with mozzarella

spoon spreading olive tapenade on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Olive tapenade spread on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Hand putting shredded cheese on olive tapenade on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Spread the mushrooms around, then add the pancetta. 

Cook in oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden and crust is starting to lightly brown.

Hand putting pancetta and mushrooms on cheese on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner Now, stay back kids!  This one for Mom and Dad!  (I mean, of course you can share)  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Flatbread with crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Hand Holding piece of Flatbread with crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Olive Tapenade and Pancetta Flatbread

This life-changing Flatbread has layers and layers of flavor!  It has a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil.  #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword basil, flatbread, gluten free, kalamata olives, mozzarella, olives, pizza
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 Pieces
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Pizza Dough fresh or frozen
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 clove garlic, rough chopped
  • 1/4 lb Pancetta
  • 1 cup Cremini or white button mushrooms sliced
  • 8 oz Shredded Low-Moisture Mozzarella
  • 1/4 Cup Basil

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Slice the pancetta into small pieces.  Slice the mushrooms.  

    Cut raw Pancetta on cutting board for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  2. To a preheated large skillet, add the pancetta and to render the fat and start to crisp it up, about 6-8 minutes.  Remove the pancetta pieces to a plate, leaving the fat in the pan.

    Scooping pancetta from skillet with slotted spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  3. Add sliced mushrooms to hot pan and sauté until lightly browned and softened.

    Mushrooms in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  4. In a mini processor, add the olives, garlic, and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Pulse until completely ground and forming a paste.

    Olive tapenade in food processor with spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  5. At this point, you can continue to assemble and cook the flatbread or store the ingredients in the fridge.  Wait to cut the basil until you are ready to cook.

Assemble and Cook Flatbread

  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly oil the bottom of a large sheet pan.

  2. Regular Gluten Pizza Dough: Roll out on a lightly floured surface and then stretch it out lightly.

    Gluten-Free Pizza Dough: Press it out directly into a pan 

    For either of the above dough methods, you want to get a very thin rectangle layer (as thin as you can go without breaking it) to go in the large sheet pan, filling up as much space as possible.  If you do rip the dough or create a whole, simply press it back together again.

    Hand pressing Flatbread dough out in a pan for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  3. For a crunchy crust, cook in oven for 10 minutes, then take out and set aside until ready to assemble

  4. Spread a thin layer of the olive tapenade over the flatbread, then top with mozzarella
    Hand putting shredded cheese on olive tapenade on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  5. Spread the mushrooms around, then add the pancetta.
    Hand putting pancetta and mushrooms on cheese on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  6. Cook in oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden and crust is starting to brown.  While it's cooking, roll the Basil and then thinly slice (chiffonade)

  7. When you take the flatbread out, sprinkle the Basil all over top.  Cut into 6 large pieces and enjoy!

    Flatbread cut into 4 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Rustic Asparagus & Feta Flatbread

This Asparagus & Feta Flatbread recipe combines 4 yummy vegetables that give different flavors and textures.  All can be roasted in the oven, which is super simple prep, but also is a great way to bring out deep flavors and sugars in the veggies.  You can change up the veggies too, for example replacing asparagus for zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower;  swapping the red pepper for  tomato.  On top, a small sprinkling of an intense-flavored cheese, such as Feta, goes a long way to add saltiness and creaminess to the party.  Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over top for the perfect finish and indulge knowing that you are eating something incredibly decadent, but also filled with nutritious veggies!

Flatbread for Family Dinner or Entertaining!​

I am on a flatbread kick, so enter this Rustic Asparagus & Feta Flatbread!  They are so fun for so many types of meals.  For parties you can make several different types for variety and a finger food option.  For family dinners they are great for a make-your-own-flatbread night where everyone can add their own toppings.  Make a more exotic or interesting flatbread for a dinner for 2.  They are even great for a quick dinner for one.
I made flatbread most recently with my 2 daughters and they called it The Flatbread Challenge, where we each made our own creation and then taste-tested them all to vote for the winner.  Everyone voted for their own :).

Enjoy!
Carrie

Rustic Asparagus & Feta Flatbread with mushrooms, red pepper, & oven roasted onions

This Rustic Asparagus & Feta flatbread recipe combines 4 yummy vegetables that give different flavors and textures...asparagus, red pepper, mushrooms, and crispy onions.  All can be roasted in the oven, which is super simple prep, but also is a great way to bring out deep flavors and sugars in the veggies.  On top, a small sprinkling of an intense-flavored cheese, such as Feta, goes a long way to add saltiness and creaminess to the party.  Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over top for the perfect finish and indulge knowing that you are eating something incredibly decadent, but also filled with nutritious veggies!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of thin-medium not pencil-thin asparagus
  • 2 cups sliced white button mushrooms
  • ½ Red Pepper
  • ½ medium red onion or yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¾ Cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • 2 7-10 inch round or square flatbreads
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Ground Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F). You will need 2 medium sheet pans.
  2. Toast flatbread in the oven, placing directly on rack for 10-15min.
  3. Mince 2 cloves of garlic.
  4. Cut the tough ends, about 1.5inches, of the asparagus off and discard or save for making vegetable stock. Clean asparagus under cold water and pat dry with paper towel. Arrange in a row on sheet pan. Drizzle with a little olive oil, add 1 clove minced garlic, and sprinkle salt & pepper. Mix with hands to coat evenly.
  5. Clean & Slice Mushrooms, (2 cups sliced). Clean and slice half a red pepper into ½ inch strips, then cut strips in half so that 1 inch long. Arrange red pepper and mushrooms on one side of second sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, add the remaining minced garlic, and sprinkle salt & pepper. Mix with hands to coat all veggies.
  6. Cut Onion in half from root end to root end. Peel the outer skin and discard. Slice the onion into quarter inch slices and spread evenly on the other half of the second sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and salt & pepper, toss to coat.
  7. 7) Place both pans in the oven and set timer for 10 minutes. Remove Asparagus from oven. Toss the other veggies to ensure even cooking and put back in over for another 10 minutes.
  8. Brush olive oil on toasted flatbread, then layer asparagus, mushrooms, red peppers, & onions. Sprinkle Feta cheese over top and place back on one of the sheet pans under the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melty and slightly brown.
  9. Cut, plate & enjoy!