roasted tomato flatbread

Roasted Tomato Flatbread l

Spring has sprung!  I love it!  With the weather warming up and the days getting longer, I am finding a renewed energy.  I am welcoming it with open arms since this past winter was a bit rough and full of ups and downs.  The only thing is, with this new energy I am wanting to accomplish so much that I am finding myself overwhelmed and conflicted.  This is not a new thing for me but simply has reappeared in my life again.  What seems to be overwhelming me lately is something that I know so many other people deal with, how to balance the needs in life with the wants in life.  I am also overwhelmed and excited to know that in less than three months we will have a new little one joining us.  While this is super exciting, my mind is also racing with all the things I need and want to accomplish before hand, because once that little one comes that will be my only focus for quite some time.

Roasted Tomato Flatbread l

As I mentioned before, I am having trouble balancing the need to do and the want to do.  Which has gotten me thinking, when do the wants become the needs and how do you make this happen?  This transformation has to happen at some point, otherwise you keep doing the same thing day in and day out and you never challenge yourself to make a change.  Then all of a sudden ten years goes by and you are doing the same thing or stuck in the same situation.  It is easy to say, "you just have to do it", but when life and responsibilities get in the way how do you make sure you make the change you need in order to love the life you live?

Roasted Tomato Flatbread l
Roasted Tomato Flatbread l
Roasted Tomato Flatbread l
Roasted Tomato Flatbread l

Don't get me wrong, I love my life.  I have so much to be thankful for, like an amazing and supportive husband {without him I would probably still be waiting to publish this blog}, a little one on the way, great family and friends, and a fantastic job, but I want and need more.  Does this sound crazy?  I have so much, yet I want more.  I want to live up to my full potential and push my self to learn more, see more, accomplish more, and so much more!  I know I am not living to my full potential right now and that bothers me daily.  

Roasted Tomato Flatbread l
Roasted Tomato Flatbread l

I know that it is time to turn the wants into needs.  I also know that it is time to stop questioning how to make this happen and just make it happen.  Therefore, it is my goal to do something daily, even if it is small, that is something I want to do.  I feel this is the only way I will get the transformation going.  I will keep you posted on how it goes.  I am putting it out there, so I must do it!

Roasted Tomato Flatbread l
Roasted Tomato Flatbread l

I will start with this amazing flatbread that I made and photographed over two weeks ago, thinking I would get it posted right away but didn't.  Time to stop putting things off!  So don't put off making this, it is so delicious!  It is an indulgent meal/appetizer so it is rarely seen in our house, but when it is, it is thoroughly enjoyed.  It would make a perfect weekend meal, paired with a huge salad and a cold glass of white wine.  If you love tomatoes, you will fall all over this flatbread.  It is tomato heaven!

Roasted Tomato Flatbread l


Roasted Tomato Flatbread

serves:  2-3 as a meal or 4-6 as an appetizer 


1 1/8 tsp rapid rise yeast

3 oz warm water

1 cup all purpose flour + more for kneading the dough

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 3/4 tsp italian or pizza seasoning

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

3 Tbsp tomato paste

3/4 c canned diced tomatoes, with juice

3 medium/large tomatoes

1 c + 1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

1 clove of garlic, minced

2 Tbsp basil, sliced

3-4 tsp olive oil + more for drizzling



truffle oil



1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

2.  Combine yeast and warm water in a large bowl, let sit for 5 minutes.

3.  Add 1/4 tsp italian/pizza seasoning, sea salt, and 1 c flour to yeast mixture.  Use a wooden spoon to combine everything together, then turn dough out onto a lightly floured counter top.  

4.  Knead dough for 3 minutes or until dough is smooth.  Add more flour if the dough is too sticky.  Form a ball with the dough.

5.  Add a little more flour to the countertop, set the ball of dough on the flour and place a large bowl over the dough, let sit for 15 minutes.

6.  While the dough rises, slice the tomatoes and place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Toss the tomatoes and place in the oven.  Roast for 8-10 minutes, turn tomatoes over and roast another 4-6 minutes or until lightly browned.  Set aside.

7.  In a blender or food processor add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 1/2 tsp italian/pizza seasoning, and crushed red pepper.  Blend until thick and smooth.  Set aside.  

8.  Drizzle 3-4 tsp olive oil on a baking sheet or preferably a cast iron griddle*.  Take the ball of dough and place on the baking sheet, turning over to coat the entire ball in olive oil.  Using your hands, stretch the dough into an 8 x 10 rectangle.  Using the olive oil makes this a super simple process!  Place in the oven for 4 minutes.

9.  Take dough out of the oven.  Spread the tomato paste mixture evenly over the dough.  Top with roasted tomatoes, minced garlic, and 1 cup of parmesan cheese.  Place in the oven and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the crust is lightly browned.

10.  Take out of the oven and top with basil, 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese, and drizzle with truffle oil.  Slice and serve!


*Note: I have found that cooking pizzas on cast iron skillets or griddles results in the best crust!  This is the one I use.  

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