By Michael Borghesani
I recently made a trip up to Vermont with two of my close friends. While there, we visited a flatbread pizzeria in Waitsfield, American Flatbread. It is housed in a converted old barn, and much of their offerings are farm fresh. They have become so popular that you have to make reservations in person for that evening during the afternoon to be served that evening (no walk ins).
If you visit the area, put this little local gem on your priority list. Between the specially selected Vermont craft beers (which are all excellent), and clay ovens from past times that conjure pizza’s from another dimension, its a winning combination covered in cheesy goodness.
The special of the night was banh mi pizza. All the veggies on it were pickled first, and I was unsure I would enjoy it, but it was one of the best pizza’s I have ever had. So, naturally, I came home and tried to recreate the masterpiece for friends and family. A heads up, this is a weird and spicy pizza, depending on the ratio of pickled veggies to plain pizza you got going on. If you go in with an open mind, however, you won’t be sorry.
Wholewheat pizza dough, cut in half (bread dough works fine too, in a pinch)
1 Chopped Onion
Cornmeal for the bottom
Olive oil (I have a bottle of olive oil that I added pepper flakes to, and allowed it to sit. I use it frequently when cooking, it adds a smokey flavor and a little heat)
Making the Pizza
Turn oven on to 350 degrees.
Open bag of dough, divide, and let sit for a bit.
Sprinkle cornmeal on baking sheet, and knead out dough to rough shape your flatbread. Add more cornmeal as you need under the pizza to prevent from sticking.
Drizzle a little olive oil, then spread with sauce.
Cut up and sprinkle pickles of choice over flatbread, I did gherkins and carrots.
Cut mozzarella cheese into chunks, distribute over the top evenly.
Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes until cheese has melted and the pizza crust is golden brown.
Remove, rest, slice, enjoy.
Our young and always hungry Padawan – Michael is a valuable ally if you want to try a new restaurant, or a new dish. We think having an adventurous appetite says good things about a person. Breakfast is his favorite meal of the day.