Saturday, August 23, 2014

Manakish Express

BBQ Chicken on this Mediterranean Flatbread was a dynamic combination!  The inspiration for the pizza is from California Walnuts "Barbecued Chicken and Fiery Walnut Pizza".  Here's my version:

BBQ Chicken Pizza
(Serves 3)

1-6 oz. Chicken Breast
Roast at 350 degrees to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.  Slice and dice.  Mix with
3 Tbsp. Masterpiece Barbeque Sauce
Portion onto 
3 Baked Flatbreads with Za'atar.
Top with 
2 Thinly Sliced Tomato
1/4 cup Mozzarella Pearls, halved
2 Tbsp. Gorgonzola Cheese
2 Tbsp. Toasted Walnuts with Cayenne Pepper, crushed

Bake at 450 degrees 5 minutes.

Now for the bread!
Manakish Be Za'atar is a recipe from Al Wadi Al Akhdar, posted by Oldways.
Here's how I made it:

Manakish Za'atar
(Serves 8)

1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
2 tsp. Rapid Rise Yeast
1 tsp. Sugar
Dash Salt
1 1/2 cups Warm Water
Mix half of flours and the rest of the dry ingredients in bowl of mixer.  Heat water to 125 degrees.  Slowly add to mixing bowl and beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.  Turn speed to low and beat with dough hook, gradually adding the rest of the flour until dough leaves the sides of the bowl.  Place in bowl sprayed with Pam.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise until double in size.

Divide dough into 8 pieces.  Form into balls.  Roll each out onto pastry cloth.  Brush with
Olive Oil
Cover with Za'atar.
Bake on stone in 450 degree oven 5 minutes each.

Za'atar

3 Tbsp. Dry Thyme
1 Tbsp. Toasted Sesame Seed
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
2 Tbsp. Lemon Peel
Mix and chop in food processor.

We split one of the breads when it came out of the oven.  Simply delicious!     
   

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