Saturday, January 15, 2011

Gluten-Free Flatbread With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

I sometimes write blog posts in my head while I'm running around during the day. They come to me out of the blue, and then of course once I sit down to my computer, the words fly out of my head and a completely different post types itself. I often feel that I'm not really writing it. It's merely using my fingers to tell its story. This post, I have to say, is not typing itself. This one's all me and I'm pretty tired. Mostly, I'm just staring at the computer screen while munching on roasted sweet potatoes. Or yams. I still don't know which is which. I'm contemplating my sweet pota yams, then switching to Facebook. Then I remember I'm supposed to be writing so I switch back to this screen and type a sentence. There. See. Three sentences in a row without going to Facebook!

I'm sorry. It's after 10pm and my brain shut down a few hours ago. I spent all day in the library trying to understand the mechanisms for the absorption, digestion, and transport of riboflavin and niacin. And I just realized that I still have to do the dishes.

Now that's a bummer.

Well that's it then. This post is over. The dishes beat out the blog. And then, bed! I can't wait...

p.s. This flatbread is a variation of my pizza crust, only this time it's vegan. I added a layer of ricotta cheese, which clearly makes it not vegan, but that's optional. You could top it with pizza sauce or anything else you like, however this roasted red pepper sauce is pretty awesome and, in my opinion, worth the extra time. 

Gluten-Free Flatbread with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
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The sauce takes longer so you'll want to start that and then make the flatbread while the onions and peppers are in the oven.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

1/4 cup packed fresh basil
1 red pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. coriander
1/2 tsp. sea salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Put ingredients (except for basil) in a small baking dish and toss evenly. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. 
  3. Increase the oven temperature to 425. Take the dish out of the oven, stir the ingredients, then put it back in for 10 minutes (with the foil still on).
  4. Remove the dish from the oven and use a slotted spoon to transfer the vegetables to a food processor. Add the basil and process until just smooth. 
Gluten-Free Flatbread 

1 cup tapioca flour/starch
1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup white rice flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. xanthan gum
1 tsp. sea salt
2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 6 Tbsp. water
3 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 cup water

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2.  In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder, xanthan gum, and sea salt until completely mixed. Set aside.
  3. In a second smaller bowl, stir the flaxseed meal with 6 Tbsp of water. Add the apple cider vinegar, grapeseed oil, and water, and mix together.
  4. Pour the liquid into the flour, stirring until a ball of dough is formed.
  5. Grease a cookie sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal or rice flour. Roll the dough directly on the cookie sheet into a flat rectangle. It should reach all four sides of the sheet. (If you can't do that because your cookie sheet has sides to it, try rolling it onto a piece of parchment paper. It will be easy to transfer to the cookie sheet that way.)
  6. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out and spread with the red pepper sauce (and ricotta cheese if you're using it), then put back in the oven for 20 minutes. Take out and eat hot.
Makes 1 cookie sheet sized flatbread

What's going on in the gluten-free blog world? 

This post is linked to Seasonal Sundays at Real Sustenance.

Nicola at G-Free Mom is hosting a month of detoxifying juices, smoothies, and soups. I'll be sharing my own detox recipe next Friday the 21st.

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Ricki said...

Sorry about the blogger's block, but your bread sounds awesome in any case! Love that you topped it with the sauce. Must give this a try (after FB, of course). ;)

Rita said...

Flatbread is so versatile and the topping looks especially good - such savory ingredients!

Paul said...

Eeking out content while brain-dead ... I can completely relate, side-effect of having the most beautiful 9-month old in the world :)

Thanks or the inspiration, hope red peppers are on sale today!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

This sounds really tasty and easy! Yum.


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