CATEGORY WINNER Starters and Drinks. "Years ago, friends from Argentina invited me for dinner and served an unusual and tasty tostada. I have adapted that recipe into this flatbread." -Erin Mylroie, St. George, UT
1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
How to Make It
Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 12 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and cut into 16 strips. Set aside.
Reduce oven temperature to 450°.
Sprinkle cornmeal over a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Set aside.
Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add remaining 1/2 cup water, flour, and salt to yeast mixture, stirring until dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes).
Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Roll dough into a 14 x 11-inch rectangle; place dough on prepared baking sheet. Spread 1 1/2 cups Black Bean Spread over dough. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 450° for 13 minutes or until crust browns and cheese is bubbly. Let cool 10 minutes.
Combine parsley and the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle parsley mixture over cheese. Cut bread into 16 squares; garnish each square with 1 bell pepper strip.
Note: Nutritional analysis includes Black Bean Spread.
Yep, this was delicious. I made this as an entree, served with a mixed green salad and Firestone sauv blanc. Pretty much followed the recipe as written, except I added grilled corn on top after it had come out of the oven and I left the cheese off of my portion. I look forward to making this regularly.