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Pizza Margherita a La Arabia
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11 March 2009

Pizza Margherita A La Arabia – The Lazy Women’s Flatbread Pizza

Pizza Margherita A La Arabia

Days when you’re craving a pizza with all your soul but you’re just feeling like the laziest person in the world end up also being a creative. And so it was on a lazy Saturday afternoon, that this ‘Arabic bread as a pizza base’ idea was put to the test. Of course, I do much prefer to make my own pizza and yes I know this is sacrilege and I accept that you will judge me for the sinning mortal that I am!

This method yields a pretty satisfactory pizza considering the bastardisation! I guess technically we could say this is a flatbread pizza. The result is thin, soft at the center and crispy around the edges. The recipe below is for a basic ‘Margarita’. Get creative with the toppings and add what you like, but less is more here because I’m not convinced the bread will hold up much either.

Because this is the lazy women’s flatbread pizza, and because I had a jar of my dad’s home made tomato paste made in the mountains of Lebanon, I kept it very basic and lazy and just spread tomato paste across the bread. You could use a tomato sauce or pizza sauce if you have that on hand, but it’s best if whatever you choose to use is of a thick consistency otherwise the crust won’t crisp.

I also recommend you strain the mozzarella really well to ensure the excess juices won’t make the pizza crust soggy.

You can find Arabic Bread in any Middle Eastern store or ethnic supermarket. You want the large size bread (12 inch) that is thin but made of two layers, and you want to use it unpeeled.

Pizza Margherita A La Arabia- The Lazy Women's Flatbread Pizza
 
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Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 1 Loaf of Arabic bread
  • 1 heaping tbs tomato paste
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 250g fresh mozzarella, strained well and sliced thinly and evenly… mine yielded 12 slices
  • 8-12 cherry tomatoes- sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil for drizzling
  • a couple of basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F/200C/6G.
  2. Spread the tomato paste evenly across the Arabic bread base and then dust with dried oregano, and spread add the mozzarella slices across the pizza, then finish by dotting it with the sliced tomatoes.
  3. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or till the edges are crispy and golden brown and the cheese is bubbling. Remove from the oven and season to taste with salt and pepper, drizzle over some olive oil and tear over some basil leaves. Cut into slices and enjoy.

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25 thoughts on “Pizza Margherita A La Arabia – The Lazy Women’s Flatbread Pizza

  1. Beth, that looks great. Like the idea of cherry toms on top never thought bout that before. My problem is there ain’t many Middle Eastern stores here in Stoke, never mind will have to improvise. Will let you know how i get on with the pizza. Cheers

  2. me too, i looove thin slices if cooked. this is sooo cool i didnt think you could do this with already baked arabic bread, man.. i just love all your ideas!

  3. This looks delicious and I like the fact that it’s on arabic bread so less time to prepare the dough! I’m gona give it a shot…

  4. Daz- a good place to order online is Aldoukan.com
    GlobalPatriot- When making for my husband i slice them thin… otherwise he won’t eat it…. I could eat tomatoes all day 🙂
    Jocy- be aware (if you’re not already) it’s not already baked… use fresh or arabic bread that is going stale and prep the pizza then bake.
    Huda- Let me know how it comes along 🙂
    Chris- Thank you 🙂
    Hilda-O: Let me know how it turns out for you! 🙂

  5. arabic bread for pizza….. !!! that sounds crazy… maybe cause im italian… sorry guys in my opinion … if you want pizza either you order it.. or you have to sweat to make the dough… but then again french pple eat fries with mustard…….. 🙂

  6. The simplest things are often the truest, i dont think many people have time nowadays to sweat to make their italian dough! times are changing, tradition is out and simplicity is in.. i think this was a great idea for people who dont have time nor are willing to fork over $20 at dominos to eat a simple pizza, and im looking forward to see some more simple ways of cooking.

  7. Miguel: I appreciate your honest feedback! I always advocate home-made- I must disagree that delivery or store bought is a better option. You can’t deny that more and more people need fast, quick and simple and this method offers people that option while being healthier, more delicious, and authentic then delivery.

  8. cant help it guys.. im probably wrong.. but thats how you lose culinary tradition …. i dont agree with short cuts when it comes to food.. even more when it comes to pizza! ive been working for now 2 years in a sandwich shop.. my shop.. next couple of weeks im opening a pizza rest. in rome! maybe thats why i got emotional talking about pizza! you are alll invited!!!! by the way dominos sucks! 🙂 but Its just my stupid opinion!
    .. i guess with time… im getting more and more traditional!!
    joe….. ive tried frise with mustard… ok…. i see it this way.. you cant mix water with oil! thats how i am when it comes to food.. so dont take it the wrong way.. ive been checking out this site now for a couple of months.. there is some great stuff! Beth keep cooking!!! you have brilliant ideas
    i miss lebanese food soo much guys.. its not even funny!

  9. Beth, I tried it and it’s great , but the bread in the middle came out to become a little spongy probably from the tomatoe sauce which juicier than the paste…. anyway it’s delicious and thank you for your quick tips …

  10. Hala- Thanks for visiting 🙂
    Gattina- thank you 🙂
    Nadine- Thanks for taking the time to give me your feedback. It sounds like the sauce was not reduced enough. I’m going to make a post in the next 2 days on making the ideal red sauce for pizza. That should help avoid such an issue.

  11. My husband and I have Pizza Night Thursdays so I’m always trying to come up with something new. I haven’t been terribly successful making my own pizza crust (it never seems to live up to the ones from pizzerias, etc.) so I’ve been using a pre-made flatbread from Whole Foods. This is a great new alternative. A fresh-baked Arabic bread and fresh ingredients = healthy convenience!

  12. I know of only one middle eastern store here nearby (and I’m not even fully sure if they are)… love your pizza though, so pretty and elegant, and of course, the combo of mozzarella, tomato and basil is a winner!

  13. This looks amazing & easy to prepare! Can you include a rough estimate of the cost to make it? (If you did already and I missed it, I apologize). On your page would be ideal, or you can add it to your comment on my page and that’ okay too. Thanks!

  14. We always have this bread at home. I used to make pizzas with them when I was feeling really lazy…To me it always tastes like “bread” rather than “pizza crust”, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just a little different. And way cheaper than ordering in! I live in the Middle East, so a whole pack of that bread costs about 25 cents (american) over here.

    I have a suggestion for those who want to use regular tomatoes (I don’t like the cherry ones): take out the seeds first and cut them into thin slices, otherwise everything will g0 soggy in the oven. 🙂

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