I am blown away by how good this is. This tastes a lot like the creamy Caesar at Texas Roadhouse. But, there’s one key difference: theirs is a staggering 11 points for 2 ounces, while mine is only 3 points for 2 ounces. Boom!
This is one of my favorite things to make. I can’t claim credit for the recipe, since it’s based on Ina Garten’s fantastic Spanakopita recipe. Other than substituting healthy ingredients wherever possible, one big change was adding garlic. Wow, did this add to the taste! It’s almost like eating garlic bread with spinach on it.
Every recipe for this type of flatbread calls for raw onion inside the bread. I think this makes for a harsh bite, which is why I saute the onion first before folding it inside the dough.
I’m not sure if I can adequately express how much I love this preparation. The initial thought might be to use it with a tagine (it is perfect for that). But, it has so much flavor by itself that I can eat one without anything else (and probably want another one).
I decided to combine all the classic elements of a puttanesca pasta preparation – olives, capers, anchovies, tomatoes, and garlic – and see what would happen if they were baked into a light bread. I purposely made them flat, so I could use them as a sandwich bun. And, the look is like a very savory panettone.
Yes, it’s salty…just look at the ingredients! But, it’s not overly salty. And, the roasted garlic cuts through all that brine.
This was several years in the making. I’ve always had this idea of making the colors of the Italian flag, although that idea has always been to do it with pasta. But, in my continuing quest for healthier options, I decided to make a gnocchi with rutabaga. I decided to add a potato at the last minute because I wasn’t sure how well it would bind without the starch.
Once I figured out how to make these myself, I stopped buying sun-dried tomatoes. At my local fruit and vegetable market, I can get a 10 ounce container of cherry tomatoes for less than a dollar. For a few pennies more, I can make something just as good as sun-dried tomatoes, for a fraction of the cost (and the calories!)
And, it’s not hard to do. As the ingredients list shows, please get creative with your seasoning. You can have perfectly good oven dried tomatoes with just salt, but consider adding Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, sumac…whatever you try, it will probably be great!