Form, meet function.
Not only that, but an especially tasty function. Soft discs of sesame-flecked flatbread can cradle a sandwich's worth of chicken salad or the fixings for fish tacos, be torn into scoops for hummus or employed as especially smart "platters" on camping trips, where a swiped-clean plate always is welcomed by the designated dishwasher.
Puffed flatbreads bake in about three minutes on a heavy pancake griddle, making them a perfect "get 'em while they're warm" bread, whether at a campsite, over the backyard grill or in the bug-free comfort of your kitchen. No griddle? They bake just as well in a hot oven.
These flatbreads resemble tortillas or chapatis but are more tender, thanks to a yeast-risen dough that includes a bit of yogurt, preferably Greek-style, which also lends a slightly tangy flavor. A scattering of sesame seeds adds a nutty note and a subtle crunch.
The straightforward dough is made by hand or with a mixer, then left to rise for about 45 minutes. Roll the risen dough into 8-inch rounds a water bottle works well in the wilderness sprinkle with seeds, then gently lay each disc on the griddle. Within 30 seconds, little bubbles will begin to rise across the surface. Wait a minute longer, flip, then give the bread a final minute.
The flatbreads are best used immediately, but you might save one to fill with the next morning's scrambled eggs. No plate required.
IDEAS FOR TOPPING FLATBREAD
Chicken salad Combine 1/3 cup cooked chicken, diced, with 1 tablespoon chopped celery, 1 tablespoon shredded Swiss cheese, 1 teaspoon chopped green onion, 1 tablespoon sour cream and 1 1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise. Put three or four lettuce leaves on a plate, top with flatbread, spread on chicken mixture, top with 4 or 5 halved grapes and/or radish slices, cherry tomatoes and bell pepper slices. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.
Quick pesto pizza Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons pesto on 1 flatbread. Sprinkle on 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with slices of fresh tomato. Sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese and a little olive oil. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly.
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