I’m really missing going out to eat and one of my favorite restaurants has a crispy flatbread appetizer that sounded divine yesterday. I figured why not take a stab at making it at home! I was eager to put my herb garden to good use and this felt like an appropriate time. These rosemary flatbread appetizers would be great for entertaining (once we’re able to do that again), but they also make a delicious week night appetizer- or even lunch. This dish is packed full of flavor and you can customize it to your liking. Click through for the recipe- I promise it’s a keeper, and one you’ll definitely want to pin or save. These are my FAVORITE. After all, what’s not to like about melted bubbling goat cheese, roasted red peppers, balsamic glaze, caramelized onions, with a crispy rosemary flatbread? My point exactly…
Before I dive into the recipe, thanks to a certain blog reader & friend (ahem, PEGGI- I’m looking at you)… we’ve been on a serious “Pizza Friday” kick. What can I say? The influencer becomes the influenced. Haha! Halfway joking. Emmett and I decided to get serious and buy a pizza peel to make transferring our pizzas and flatbreads to our hot pizza stone easier. I found this one from an artisan in Ohio on Etsy and I’m SO happy with how it functions and looks. Isn’t it beautiful? Emmett wouldn’t let me nail into the cabinetry, so I sandwiched a tiny clear command hook in between the cabinet panels to hang it in our kitchen. It’s really like a piece of art! All of that to say- we’re very into pizza and flatbreads these days, so this post is fitting.
For this particular recipe, I prefer my flatbread to be very thin and crispy. I like a little crunch with the creamy goat cheese dip. To keep things quick and easy, I just used my favorite Trader Joe’s pizza dough (more on that- plus my favorite BBQ chicken pizza recipe here). I took a quarter of the dough that comes in the pack and rolled it out super thin, then brushed it with olive oil, and topped it with minced rosemary before baking.
Rosemary Flatbread Appetizers
- olive oil for drizzling
- balsamic vinegar for drizzling
- salt & pepper for seasoning
- balsamic glaze for drizzling
- 1/2 sweet onion thinly sliced
- 5 oz goat cheese softened at room temperature
- 6 oz jarred roasted red bell pepper (1/2 of the 12 oz container)
- 4 sprigs rosemary (2 minced, the others for garnish)
- 1 tsp chives minced
- 1 tsp parsley minced
- your favorite flatbread, naan, or pizza dough for dipping
- Prepare your favorite flatbread. I used premade pizza dough, rolling it thin, brushing it with olive oil, sprinkling with rosemary, then transferring to a hot oven until crispy. Another option? Feel free to purchase premade... just brush it with oil, sprinkle the rosemary, and broil it for 2-3 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before slicing into triangles, then set aside.
- Drizzle a little olive oil into a skillet over medium / high heat. Add the thinly sliced onions, continually stirring until they're soft, translucent, and carmelized (add more oil if they begin to stick). Once finished, set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare three (or more depending on the size) ramekins by drizzling a tiny bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar into the bottom of each.
- In a small bowl, mix the softened goat cheese with the chives and parsley, using a fork, then set aside.
- Next, divide the roasted red peppers into the ramekins, followed by the goat cheese mixture, and the prepared onions. Top with minced rosemary, salt, and pepper. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and begins to brown & melt.
- Pull the ramekins from the oven, divide the flatbread triangles amongst them, drizzle with balsamic galze, and serve hot!
Instead of using ramekins, you could also just put the toppings directly on top of the flatbread (and make a pizza out of it), but this keeps me from eating the ENTIRE thing and the presentation looks nice. If you’re hosting, it’s an easy crowd pleaser. Alternatively, you can also make this in a medium size crock, gratin dish, or divided dish (flatbreads on one side, dip on the other) and serve with a spoon.
Perhaps you’re looking for something new & different for your stay-at-home date night dinner this weekend? These are a must-try! They pack a punch and are filled with flavor.
Let me know if you try my recipe- I’d love to hear what you think. Do you have any foods from favorite restaurants you’re missing right now? Have you tried replicating any of them at home? Did anyone notice my new flatware?! That was a quarantine purchase if I’ve ever seen one. Emmett wasn’t super thrilled when these arrived (we’ve done really well saving money and staying home throughout all this), but hey… it was time for an upgrade. Although an impulse buy, I love the sophisticated bamboo look. It’s the little details that make me happy!