Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Delicious Naan Pizza

At least I call it that, for lack of a better term.

Naan is a marvelous flatbread that I have recently become enamored with. It has excellent flavor and is versatile as well as healthy. Lately, my new favorite lunch has been what I like to call "naan pizza". It is fast, easy, and almost sensuously delicious.

To make it, I first preheat my oven to 350 degrees. Then I cram spinach, minced garlic, sweet onion, and feta into my electric chopper and pulverize it. I grease a cookie sheet, then place one naan (they come in packs of two - one is about the size of a large flour tortilla) on it. Using a paper towel, I brush on some olive oil to the top of my naan, then slice it into small pieces with a pizza cutter. I leave the pieces touching. Next, I coat the naan with my spinach mixture, then apply some of my favorite herb mixture from its grinder (it's a blend of herbs used in Italian olive oil dipping sauce for bread - you can find it or similar grinders in many stores). Finally, I add just a light dusting of shredded parmesan and romano cheese. I bake it for twelve minutes, during which time it makes my entire apartment smell heavenly (and makes my stomach almost frantic to consume it). The first bite is like a Mediterranean banquet in my mouth.

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