The traditional and best way to start your morning in the Middle East is with a man'oushe in hand. A man'oushe is a flatbread that is normally made with zaatar, and finished with fresh veggies rolled up and eaten like a sandwich. If you get it at the right place, fresh out of the oven - it is to die for. Crunchy, simple and delicious. I decided to make this breakfast essential into a mini hors d'oeuvre to add to my spring menu! With different toppings and sauces this can be catered for any event or client!
The dough recipe is from David Lebovitz' website !!
Enjoy the recipe - comment below and let me know if you try it out!
Photos by Edouard Massih
Total Time: 2 - 2.5 hours
Serves: 4-5 people
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 cup shredded cheese
6-8 sliced mushrooms
1. In a stand mixer bowl, activate the yeast by sprinkling it over the water along with the sugar. Let sit in a warm place until the yeast starts to bubble, about 10 minutes.
2. Using a dough hook attachment, stir in the olive oil, flour and salt. Mix on medium-high speed for 5 minutes - until the dough becomes a smooth ball, but is sticky when touched by your finger. The dough should start pulling off the edges of the mixing bowl.
3. Cover the dough in the bowl with a kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled in volume - about 1.5 hours.
4. When the dough has doubled in volume, roll it out onto a lightly floured countertop, and divide the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece of dough out, until the dough starts to resist. Cut the dough into small circles with a circle cutter. Then roll again to stretch the mini circles.
Topping & Baking:
1. When ready - preheat the oven to 450F.
2. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper, drizzle with olive oil, and start lining up the man'oushe circles the parchment paper.
3. In a small bowl, mix the za'atar and extra virgin olive oil to make the za'atar spread
4. Spread the za'atar mixture on half of the man'oushe circles, and spread tomato sauce on the other half.
5. Finish the pizza man'oushe with a little cheese, and a slice of mushroom.
6. Bake the man'oushe for 5-7 minutes or until golden, and crispy.
7. Serve warm, or cool down and freeze for later use.