Cheesy Lemon Flatbread Pizza with Hot Honey.
I’m basically the happiest with this lemon flatbread pizza.
At least, as happy as I can be right now. Let’s just say that crunchy flatbread, lots of cheese and bright, fresh lemon definitely helps.
I love a good flatbread pizza! From this old school four cheese version to the roasted cauliflower one from The Pretty Dish, it’s a great option to have when you’re either out of yeast (hi, me!) or just feel like mixing up a super quick dough. It’s more cracker-like that regular pizza dough, but it’s SO good.
In this case, I’m using the base of my garlic butter naan! So these are essentially naan pizzas. Yes.
Works every time.
Here’s how it goes down…
We start by making a quick little lemon oil because that stuff is delish. Brush it all over the dough and it can even be used for drizzling after!
Also going to make some hot honey. You can buy hot honey these days (how cool!), but I’ve been making it since before I could buy it. In fact, I made a hot honey pepperoni pizza a few years ago which first got me reeeeeally hooked on the combo. It’s just fantastic. Sweet heat!
Once your dough is made, the rest is really up to you. I went with some bacon because I didn’t have pepperoni and I don’t like sausage. I also used some leftover roasted broccoli! You could throw on any greens or vegetables you have. You could roast some just for this flatbread or you could use something hanging out in your fridge.
Make sure you verrrry thinnnnly slice a lemon. Like, paper thin! See through!
Next up – CHEESE. I had two (!) containers of burrata cheese in my fridge that were about to go. They’d been hanging out in there since I finished a few photographs for the book back in February and I just didn’t need them.
Well, now I needed them and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have them.
You don’t have to use burrata – use freshly grated mozzarella or provolone or fontina or even parmesan.
As much as it pains me to say it, this isn’t about the cheese here. Yes, of course, it’s always about the cheese for me. But this is much more about the lemon and the hot honey on top of crunchy dough. And just exactly what you decide to pair with it.
I absolutely LOVE the combo.
The dough edges get crunchy in the oven. The lemon oil is bright almost slightly sweet. Then you have cheese and vegetables and a big old drizzle of hot honey, which is spicy and sweet. The flavor combination is out of this world!
I can’t stress this enough: use what you have on hand! Any veggies work here – truly, almost anything works with cheese and lemon and honey. And bacon.
Then you can be the happiest too.
Cheesy Lemon Flatbread Pizza with Hot Honey
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 slices bacon, chopped
- 2 cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 8-ounce ball burrata cheese
- 1 cup roasted broccoli, or your favorite vegetable! roasted, leftover, etc
- 1 lemon, very thinly sliced
- hot honey, for drizzling
- 1 handful micro greens or your favorite green, for topping
- parmesan cheese, for sprinkling
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, yogurt and honey. Add half of the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until the dough starts to come together. Add the remaining milk gradually, stirring and bringing the dough together with your hands.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it. Let it sit in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours. It won't rise much! But let it rest.
- While it rests, prep the rest of the ingredients. Whisk together the lemon zest, garlic and olive oil in a bowl. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until the bacon is just starting to crisp - do not cook until completely crunchy, because you want it to crisp in the oven. Remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel. Note: you can replace the bacon with pancetta, prosciutto or even sausage. Whatever you have!
- Grate the cheese and if desired, roast the vegetables. I roast broccoli at 425 for 15 minutes. You can use any vegetables here - or none at all!
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Brush a baking sheet with olive or canola oil.
- Once the dough has rested, remove it from the bowl and knead it a few times on a floured surface, using a little extra flour if it’s too sticky. Divide the dough into 4 separate balls. Roll each ball out into an oval shape. Place 2 of the ovals on a baking sheet (that is most likely all that will fit.).
- Brush the dough with the lemon olive - especially the edges so they get golden and crisp. Cover it with the cheese - freshly grated or burrata or whatever you’re using! Top with any vegetables that you’re using and some very thin lemon slices.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the dough is crisp and the cheese is golden. Remove the pizza from the oven and drizzle with hot honey. Slice and serve!
That golden, crunchy bubbly cheese on the end… omg.