I’m really missing going out to eat and one of my favorite restaurants has a crispy flatbread appetizer that sounded divine yesterday. I figured why not take a stab at making it at home! I was eager to put my herb garden to good use and this felt like an appropriate time. These rosemary flatbread appetizers would be great for entertaining (once we’re able to do that again), but they also make a delicious week night appetizer- or even lunch. This dish is packed full of flavor and you can customize it to your liking. Click through for the recipe- I promise it’s a keeper, and one you’ll definitely want to pin or save. These are my FAVORITE. After all, what’s not to like about melted bubbling goat cheese, roasted red peppers, balsamic glaze, caramelized onions, with a crispy rosemary flatbread? My point exactly…
Before I dive into the recipe, thanks to a certain blog reader & friend (ahem, PEGGI- I’m looking at you)… we’ve been on a serious “Pizza Friday” kick. What can I say? The influencer becomes the influenced. Haha! Halfway joking. Emmett and I decided to get serious and buy a pizza peel to make transferring our pizzas and flatbreads to our hot pizza stone easier. I found this one from an artisan in Ohio on Etsy and I’m SO happy with how it functions and looks. Isn’t it beautiful? Emmett wouldn’t let me nail into the cabinetry, so I sandwiched a tiny clear command hook in between the cabinet panels to hang it in our kitchen. It’s really like a piece of art! All of that to say- we’re very into pizza and flatbreads these days, so this post is fitting.
For this particular recipe, I prefer my flatbread to be very thin and crispy. I like a little crunch with the creamy goat cheese dip. To keep things quick and easy, I just used my favorite Trader Joe’s pizza dough (more on that- plus my favorite BBQ chicken pizza recipe here). I took a quarter of the dough that comes in the pack and rolled it out super thin, then brushed it with olive oil, and topped it with minced rosemary before baking.
Rosemary Flatbread Appetizers
- olive oil for drizzling
- balsamic vinegar for drizzling
- salt & pepper for seasoning
- balsamic glaze for drizzling
- 1/2 sweet onion thinly sliced
- 5 oz goat cheese softened at room temperature
- 6 oz jarred roasted red bell pepper (1/2 of the 12 oz container)
- 4 sprigs rosemary (2 minced, the others for garnish)
- 1 tsp chives minced
- 1 tsp parsley minced
- your favorite flatbread, naan, or pizza dough for dipping
- Prepare your favorite flatbread. I used premade pizza dough, rolling it thin, brushing it with olive oil, sprinkling with rosemary, then transferring to a hot oven until crispy. Another option? Feel free to purchase premade... just brush it with oil, sprinkle the rosemary, and broil it for 2-3 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before slicing into triangles, then set aside.
- Drizzle a little olive oil into a skillet over medium / high heat. Add the thinly sliced onions, continually stirring until they're soft, translucent, and carmelized (add more oil if they begin to stick). Once finished, set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare three (or more depending on the size) ramekins by drizzling a tiny bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar into the bottom of each.
- In a small bowl, mix the softened goat cheese with the chives and parsley, using a fork, then set aside.
- Next, divide the roasted red peppers into the ramekins, followed by the goat cheese mixture, and the prepared onions. Top with minced rosemary, salt, and pepper. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and begins to brown & melt.
- Pull the ramekins from the oven, divide the flatbread triangles amongst them, drizzle with balsamic galze, and serve hot!
Instead of using ramekins, you could also just put the toppings directly on top of the flatbread (and make a pizza out of it), but this keeps me from eating the ENTIRE thing and the presentation looks nice. If you’re hosting, it’s an easy crowd pleaser. Alternatively, you can also make this in a medium size crock, gratin dish, or divided dish (flatbreads on one side, dip on the other) and serve with a spoon.
Perhaps you’re looking for something new & different for your stay-at-home date night dinner this weekend? These are a must-try! They pack a punch and are filled with flavor.
Let me know if you try my recipe- I’d love to hear what you think. Do you have any foods from favorite restaurants you’re missing right now? Have you tried replicating any of them at home? Did anyone notice my new flatware?! That was a quarantine purchase if I’ve ever seen one. Emmett wasn’t super thrilled when these arrived (we’ve done really well saving money and staying home throughout all this), but hey… it was time for an upgrade. Although an impulse buy, I love the sophisticated bamboo look. It’s the little details that make me happy!
PeggiApril 29, 2020 at 5:46 am
Yum. Everything about this sounds mouth-watering! I bet those herbs really put it over the top. What smells better than rosemary? (Which I think I need to replace this year because my plant’s still looking a little…brown.) That spot was just waiting for a beautiful pizza peel, but I can’t believe you even considered putting a nail in your dreamy cabinets?! Isn’t it fun to try and recreate a favorite restaurant dish? We were just talking about this salad dressing that we loved from an Egyptian place in Boise. The chef/owner refused to divulge the recipe! As I’ve become more knowledgable about Middle Eastern ingredients, I’ve come close…Darn this online grocery shopping; I need tahini!
I hope you enjoyed this delicious appetizer lunch on your freshly cleaned patio in the sun! We are supposed to hit 89 today?!! Happy (I think it’s) Wednesday!😀💖
SarahApril 29, 2020 at 9:51 am
The kitchen smelled incredible! Rosemary is SO good. Wasn’t that cabinet just waiting for the pizza peel? It frames it out perfectly! I really did want to nail into the cabinets. It just felt like it belonged, and Emmett pried the hammer out of my hands and asked me to brainstorm an alternative hanging method. Lol! What can I say? I was excited to see that thing up there. You’ve gotta get the tahini so you can make the salad dressing- it sounds incredible! You’re so lucky to have found an Egyptian restaurant. We’re foodies and like foods from all cultures, but haven’t found a good Egyptian spot here in Salt Lake yet. I’m sure it’s out there somewhere. We’re supposed to be around 82 today- feels like summer and I’m excited. Happy Wednesday- enjoy your beautiful day :) xo
ArdithApril 29, 2020 at 12:50 pm
You’re killing me, Peggi. I love, love, love Middle Eastern food and you are reminding me of an Egyptian restaurant I had been to once. Oh for the days of restaurant hopping across the globe. Did you have a good weekend? Did your front door get that makeover? Cheers, Ardith
SallyApril 29, 2020 at 7:43 am
You had me right up until goat’s cheese 🤢 – it’s definitely something to try with a cow’s milk alternative though! Rather than using ready-made dough, I’d also try these with homemade flat breads – simply flour, yoghurt and salt and so quick!
SarahApril 29, 2020 at 9:48 am
No goat cheese?! I know it’s not for everyone. You could try replacing it with mozzarella! I bet that would be equally as delicious. Have a great day Sally :)
LaurenApril 29, 2020 at 7:47 am
My favorite part about your recipes is that you always offer several alternative ways to prepare or serve when possible; that makes it so easy to see how you can prepare something for two or a large group, and I definitely appreciate that! This looks amazing, and I’ll definitely try it; maybe when my sister comes out next; she’d really like this! As for me, one thing I’m super missing is chocolate chip paradise pie from Chili’s…which reminds me, I DO have that recipe, and have yet to try it out on my own! Maybe this weekend I’ll get in the kitchen and whip some up for a nice treat. Your recipes always get saved over here, and one day my daughter will be looking through my recipe tin asking “who the heck is Sarah Gibson?” and I’ll get to tell her all about this blog community and the amazing recipes and everything else you’ve shared with us! This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! Shout out to Peggi’s pizza night! I’m certain we’ll all be doing pizza Friday by the end of this quarantine! Happy Wednesday friends!
SarahApril 29, 2020 at 9:47 am
Aw, thanks for that Lauren! It’s so easy to adapt recipes, I think it’s kind of fun to brainstorm the possibilities based on your needs and diet. Chocolate chip pie sounds incredible… I’ve never had it, but now I’m craving pie! Haha! Enjoy cooking and baking with your daughter- I know those are memories you’ll both cherish forever. So sweet of you to show up, read, and chat with everyone. What a fun little thing we have going! Yes to Pizza Friday influenced by Peggi- it’s something we didn’t know we needed during this quarantine until we started it. Ha! xo
ArdithApril 29, 2020 at 12:55 pm
Howdy, Lauren. How was your weekend, besides hot? Did you all get to enjoy the weather, the horses?
I think that Peggi may well have to host a Pizza Friday for us one day, eh?
Happy Wednesday, Gibson Tribe! Cheers, Ardith
LaurenApril 29, 2020 at 3:52 pm
Hi there Ardith! The weekend was great; tons of stuff accomplished despite the heat, and we’re loving the yard so much more! How was yours? The horses are all penned up except one…we call her “Teddy” short for teddy bear. She’s got a way about her these days, if you know what I mean, so sadly the boys can’t roam. It makes me sad when it’s so beautiful and not all of them are out! Are you already brainstorming your pizza for Friday? I know I am…I’m thinking a Trader Joe’s run is in my future tomorrow…I need to check out that dough Sarah mentioned! And I think if we like the results I’ll be buying one of those dough thingys…I forget the name, lol! Yes!! Pizza Friday at Peggi’s would be ever so delightful! I would love to meet each and every one of you in person! Gibson Tribe for sure!!
ArdithApril 29, 2020 at 4:52 pm
So glad to hear your weekend was that good, and the yard must be pretty magical. I sure would love to meet Miss Teddy, and the men, at the appropriate time of year.
Hmm, as for pizza, you have me wondering what is my all time favorite and I’d probably have to say a Margarita version. I love the simple ingredients of a homemade (and grilled) crust, handmade mozzarella, ripe off-the-vine cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil (oooh, with a pinch of dried red pepper). Perfetto. And I want a “dough thingy.” The name alone makes me happy.
I hope you have a very zen week, Lauren, full of sunshine, yard fun, and plenty of animal snuggles.
LaurenApril 29, 2020 at 5:10 pm
Great minds think alike Ardith! That is exactly what I had in mind for my pizza, with some yummy olives and sausage! I hope your week is full of zen and sunshine as well! Tomorrow, same time, same place?? 😉
SarahApril 30, 2020 at 9:43 am
I’m with you, Ardith! Classic margarita pizza, bursting with tomato flavor for the win. It takes me right back to traveling in Italy and eating fresh pizza under the sun. You guys have me hungry now! … and also itching to travel! ha
SarahApril 30, 2020 at 9:46 am
The dough is so easy and delicious! They have a couple different kinds (maybe even a GF option?). We just use the plain one. The pizza peel (hahah- aka “dough thingy”)… I’m going to be honest- Emmett wanted one since we’re really getting into pizza making, but I wanted one because I think they look beautiful. We use it to make pizza, but I honestly love looking at it more. So there’s that! Maybe one day we can all do a Room for Tuesday retreat or dinner party. That would be pretty incredible! A girl can dream. xo
LaurenApril 30, 2020 at 10:09 am
You’re full of the best ideas ever Sarah! That would be amazing! 2021 goals?!
SarahApril 30, 2020 at 2:06 pm
100%! That would be amazing!
SarahApril 30, 2020 at 9:52 am
Sounds like we’re all going to have to do a virtual Pizza Friday hangout sometime! :)
LaurenApril 30, 2020 at 10:06 am
LizApril 29, 2020 at 7:48 am
This sounds so good!
SarahApril 29, 2020 at 9:45 am
It is SO good. Let me know if you try it Liz :) xo
MelissaApril 29, 2020 at 7:52 am
That sounds delish! Too bad my quarantine partner despises goat cheese😕 ( which I love). I am definitely missing dining out right now and especially being SERVED! We all need a little pick me up now and then. I think your flatware is lovely and something you’ll enjoy for years.
SarahApril 29, 2020 at 9:44 am
Goat cheese is definitely an acquired taste, but I’m pretty sure it’s my FAVORITE cheese on the planet. Haha! Maybe you could substitute your partner’s ramekin with a different cheese? Feta or mozzarella would be good! Thanks for your kind words about my new flatware, Melissa. I’m honestly really excited about it. Our old set was 12 years old and we were due for an upgrade. We moved the old flatware to our basement kitchen, so it’s kind of a win / win. Have a great day :)
Jordan KarollaApril 29, 2020 at 8:44 am
Yum!!! Is this by any chance inspired by Trio’s appetizer? One of my favorites. I came here this morning in anticipation for this recipe as I make my weekly grocery list. Thank you!
SarahApril 29, 2020 at 9:42 am
Yes! It’s SO good, Jordan. I’m out of tomatoes to roast right now, but you could even add those too- to make it just like theirs. Let me know if you give it a try :)
ArdithApril 29, 2020 at 1:06 pm
Oh my, oh my, Ms. Sarah, these appetizers look amazing. And your pizza peel is gorgeous. You and Peggi are making me miss real food, real bad. But keep it coming. I love these posts! I hope you and Emmett had some fun with your landscaping warrior projects. Cheers, Ardith
SarahApril 30, 2020 at 9:51 am
Thank you, Ardith! We’ve been cooking and baking up a storm during quarantine. I’m probably going to come out of this 15 lbs. heavier. Haha! But who is counting? Landscaping has been really stress relieving for us these days. It’s just nice to be outside in the sun with fresh air. I guess the bonus to that is getting things done and crossing items off our list. Today it’s cloudy, so I’m hoping to catch up on work and indoor chores :) Have a good one! xo
KariMay 1, 2020 at 8:36 pm
Delicious, I made this as written (fresh roasted and chopped one red pepper) and my husband and I enjoyed it tonight – yay for making a Friday night a celebration! Thank you Sarah, for the recipe and your beautiful, positive, frequent posting blog. Have a great weekend 😎
SarahMay 4, 2020 at 9:23 am
I love hearing that, Kari! I’m so happy you two liked it. You made my day with this comment! Thank YOU for showing up to read and for taking the time to comment. I appreciate that more than you know. Have a lovely week! xo