Nothing breaks up a dull drum week than getting together with friends to catch up and have a few laughs. Recently my friend Nicole hosted a night just like that, and wowed with this delicious, but super simple Margherita flatbread pizza, which I’m recreating for you here.
This beauty proves that hosting friends, family, or even a quite date night at home doesn’t have to be a daunting task. All you have to do is let go of the notion that because you’re hosting, you have to go all out, creating elaborate meals from scratch. Enter this crowd pleaser.
4 slices of mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp of honey or sugar
2 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 a container of grape tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
4-6 fresh basil leaves
The star of this show is the balsamic reduction, so I suggest you start with that. It’s quite simple to make. All you need is to add about a 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar into a sauce pan, with 2 tbsp of honey or sugar. Stir over medium high heat until the honey/sugar dissolves, allow it to come to a boil, then lower and allow it to simmer until it’s reduced by half and you’re set.
While you wait for your reduction, cut up your tomatoes. I love using 1/2 a container of cherry or grape tomatoes on mine, and cutting them in half or fourths, but you can totally use a regular tomato and just cut it into thin slices.
While they’re baking, if you’re like me, you can toast your flatbread either in the oven or on a griddle for an extra crispy base. If you don’t like a crispy base, then feel free to skip this step and instead use this time to julienne/finely chop the basil leaves.
Once the tomatoes and naan are done to your liking, spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the naan in the center. Now you’re ready to start building your flatbread. Cover the top of the naan with mozzarella cheese, top with your roasted tomatoes, and place back into the 350 degrees oven until the cheese melts.
Feel free to top with any other of your favorite veggies to make it even heartier. I know I also love adding cremini mushrooms, so feel free to adjust as needed, but hold on to the naan, basil, and balsamic reduction for the win.
Who knew a vegetarian, red meat free, dish could be this easy to make and so delicious? For other similar vegetarian, red meat free, seafood dishes click here and enjoy!
What’s your favorite, quick hosting meal, that wows?
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