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Fabulous Flatbreads

Fabulous Flatbreads

Flatbreads answer a growing need for shareables while providing a versatile backdrop for chef innovation.

Flatbreads give you a deliciously thin canvas for flavor exploration. And if you're looking for an easy-to-execute shareable for your menu—this is it. They've been around since ancient times, often appearing as naan, chapatti, lavash, pita and tortilla. But today's universal term of "flatbread" performs well on menus, allowing chefs multiple paths for culinary adventure. "You can go bold, you can go with ethnic flavors, you can go familiar, and you can certainly showcase seasonal ingredients on a flatbread," says Freeman Moser III, Senior Executive Chef for Kraft Foodservice. Versatility doesn't stop with recipe builds. Like a pizza or sandwich, the flatbread lends itself to interpretation—cross-utilization potential is endless here. Operationally, consider the pros and cons of housemade versus ready-made. "If you make them in-house, you can claim artisanship, which goes a long way with today's diner," says Chef Moser. "But make sure your kitchen staff has the skills to work with dough. If your set-up is better suited for convenience products, there are really good ready-made dough products out there, which will help save in labor costs." The chefs at the Kraft Culinary Centre worked up great flatbread recipes here, guided by ease of prep and popular flavor profiles.

Flatbread Recipes
Mango-BBQ Pork Flatbread Salad

Mango-BBQ Pork Flatbread Salad

This super-easy build starts with a spread of Open Pit Original Restaurant Recipe Barbecue Sauce embellished with sweet mango chunks. Shredded pork shoulder goes down next. A beautifully fresh counterpoint of salad tossed in Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing crowns the flatbread.

Slight twist: add mango to the salad component instead of to the BBQ sauce

Smoked Corn & Pulled Pork Flatbread

Smoked Corn & Pulled Pork Flatbread

Starting with housemade dough, Chef Moser builds this summer-perfect flatbread with cook-out flavors: grilled onion, smoked corn, pulled pork with a great charred flavor. Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce ties it all together with its classic sweet and spicy profile.

Substitution: replace scratch dough with ready-made product

BBQ Turkey Burger Salad Flatbread

BBQ Turkey Burger Salad Flatbread

Big flavors and great contrasting textures make this recipe stand out among better-for-you options. Bull's-Eye Original Barbecue Sauce grounds the dish with a bold and tangy foundation while Kraft Light Italian Reduced Fat Dressing livens up the fresh greens. "It's an easy-to-assemble flatbread that makes good use of turkey burgers that you might already carry on the menu," says Chef Moser.

Other protein options: rotisserie chicken, shaved turkey

BOCA Flatbread

BOCA Flatbread

Give your diners a meatless option that delivers great flavor and texture with the help of Boca Ground Burger. "Boca is meaty and savory, and with the rest of the ingredients, you get a fun meatball-style pizza—but as a vegetarian option," says Chef Moser.

Other idea: turn the flatbread into a panini

BBQ Shrimp Flatbread

BBQ Shrimp Flatbread

This flatbread couldn't be simpler to prepare. A spread of Bull's-Eye Original Barbecue Sauce adds its deep, rich profile. Beautiful fat shrimp make it a premium presentation. Pepper Jack cheese and fresh tomatoes keep it familiar.

Other protein options: pulled pork, barbecue chicken

Vidalia Onion & Bacon Flatbread

Vidalia Onion & Bacon Flatbread

Our chefs use pita bread as a flatbread base, which lends itself to personal-size presentations and makes for a crisp texture. Call out the provenance of your premium ingredients here: sweet Vidalia onions, Oscar Mayer Bacon and Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

Other profile: switch out the onion for roasted garlic

Philly Shrimp Flatbread

Philly Shrimp Flatbread

Chef Moser adds Kraft 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese to Philadelphia Cream Cheese, adding another dimension of flavor and texture to the creamy spread. Fresh cilantro, pineapple and lime juice add bright notes to this delicious flatbread.

Other protein options: grilled chicken, grilled pork

make mine a sandwich - Flatbreads stand in beautifully as carriers, offering a welcome upgrade from the everyday sandwich experience.
BBQ Grilled Sausage Flatbread
Caribbean Steak Flatbread Sandwich
BOCA Pesto Flatbread Sandwich
Global Variations

Flatbreads have been around since the Sumerians in ancient Mesopotamia discovered that they could mash edible grains into a paste, then bake them into flatbreads. Different cultures have their versions of flatbreads, which are definitely worth exploring:

Barbari bread (aka Tabrizi bread): active dry yeast, water, oil, white flour, butter, sesame seeds—Iran

Flatbrød: barley flour, salt, water—Norway

Lavash: active dry yeast, water, white flour, salt—Armenia

Piadina: white flour, lard, salt, water—Italy

Pupusa: masa harina flour, water—El Salvador

Roti: white flour, salt, oil, (sometimes clarified butter), water—Malaysia

Tunnbröd: a combination of wheat, barley and rye flour, butter, milk, salt, sugar, baking powder, active dry yeast, ground fennel—Sweden

Yufka: wheat flour, salt, water—Turkey

Fabulous Flatbreads