Pi’ta’zas; that is what I have named these very simple, yet eclectic appetizers. Any coffee table, dining table or side table they grace, the plethora of colors become a quick source of attraction. I have always had a penchant for thin crust, crispy pizzas, but they still would get too heavy or messy when served as appetizers. I considered the idea of using pita bread, but due to its thickness, it would take away from the rest of the flavors. These experiments prompted me to come up with a go-between; which I now called “Pi’ta’zas”
Pi’ta’zas are the perfect blend of a crunchy base topped with fresh cheese and vegetables and infused oil, minus the heaviness of a pizza and thickness of pita bread. For the base I found very thin flatbread, which I baked in the oven for 3-4 minutes before adding the topping. Baking the bread twice adds that extra crunch to each bite. The other secret to creating a gastronomical marvel for your guests, is to use homemade infused oils (I do plan to blog about my homemade oils soon, so watch this space for more on that). My two variations of pi’ta’zas are inspired by Arab and Mediterranean cuisine.
- Dried Basil
- Basil Oil
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- Cut the flatbread into 4″circles with a cookie cutter and place them on a baking tray to put in the oven for about 3-4 minutes till light brown
- While the bread cools, slice the tomatoes and halloumi
- Spread basil oil on the flatbread and start placing the halloumi and tomatoes on the bread, with a dash of dried basil.
- Drizzle with more basil oil and put it in the oven
- Bake for about 5 minutes till you can see the flatbread turning brown.
- Leave to cool and before serving sprinkle some fresh basil leaves.
- Feta Cheese
- Red and Yellow Peppers
- Sundried Tomatoes
- Mint Oil
- Dried Mint
- Fresh Mint Leaves
- Prepare the flatbread as suggested above.
- Smear the mint oil all over the flatbread (Note: Make sure not to overdo the oil as the flatbread can get soggy)
- Put the peppers, feta, olives,capers, sundried tomatoes and sprinkle dried mint over the pi’ta’zas.
- Drizzle some mint oil before putting them into the oven
- Bake them in the oven till the flatbread is golden brown
- Toss some fresh mint leaves over the pi’ta’zas before serving.