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.
Instead of making the pizza dough or flatbread from scratch, my friend decided to use naan bread for the base. Genius! Here’s what else you’ll need.
Ingredients for Margherita Flatbread Pizza:
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
How to Make a Margherita Flatbread Pizza.
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 heat, allow it to simmer until it’s reduced by half, and you’re set.
Here’s a quick video to show just how easy.
How to Make a Balsamic Reduction Video.
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.
Once sliced place on a baking sheet. Coat with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Bake at 350 degrees until soft and roasted.
While the tomatoes are baking, toast your flatbread either in the oven, or on a griddle, for an extra crispy base. If however, 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 the cheese with your roasted tomatoes. Then place it back into the 350 degrees oven until the cheese melts.
Once melted, remove it from the heat, top with your julienne basil, and drizzle with the balsamic reduction.
And just like that you’re ready to entertain with this yummilicious meal.
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.
How to Make a Margherita Flatbread Pizza Video.
Who knew a vegetarian, meat free dish could be this easy to make and so delicious?
For other similar vegetarian, meat free, seafood dishes click here and enjoy!
What’s your favorite, quick hosting meal, that wows?
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This sounds soooooo freakin good! I love anything with reduced balsamic. Love the idea of using naan bread instead of making a crust (such a time saver). Pinning this for later use!
Thanks so much Kathryn and I hope you enjoy! It is so good!
This looks so good!! I love using balsamic vinegar, especially the good stuff. Have you ever tried Lucero? It’s a little pricey, but amazing. I love that you roasted grape tomatoes…more of a pop of flavor than slices of regular tomatoes
I’m just getting into the balsamic vinegar game, but thanks for the heads up. Totally need to try it. And yes, roasted is always better Karyl. Hope you enjoy!
I love the idea to use naan bread! I typically don’t like a thick crust, this looks like it would be the perfect pizza for me.
OMG it is so good Stephanie, I hope you enjoy it!
where do I find naan bread? I’ve never heard of it.
Hi Suzy, I find mine in my grocery store, by the Deli section. I hope you find one, but if not maybe try it on pita bread.