Grilled Flatbread

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Makes 4 medium flatbreads

  • 3 cups bread flour (396 g)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (3.5 g)
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast (4 g)
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (292.5 g)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (43 g), plus more for brushing
  • Flaky salt, for finishing
  • Leaves of 1 to 2 sprigs rosemary, for finishing
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour and salt to combine. Add the yeast and mix to combine.
  2. Make a well in the center of the bowl, and add the water and olive oil. Use a wooden spoon to mix until the mixture forms a shaggy mass.
  3. On a lightly floured work surface, knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball, 6 to 9 minutes (or 3 to 4 minutes on medium speed in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook).
  4. Transfer the dough to a medium, lightly oiled bowl. Loosely cover, and let rise until the dough is double in size, 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the grill or grill pan until smoking hot. Clean and oil the grates of the grill.
  6. While the grill is heating up, divide the dough into four (roughly even) pieces; it will be on the sticky side, so oil your hands a little to make the dough easier to handle. Holding the dough on its outside edges, stretch it gently, letting gravity do most of the work to form it into an oblong shape. Lightly oil both sides of the dough. (I do this on a baking sheet that is greased in oil -- I stretch the dough and place it onto the baking sheet, which is covered in oil. When I get out to the grill, I flip it over quickly to oil the other side, and, while it’s still in my hand, I throw it onto the grill grates).
  7. Cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. When the breads are still hot from the grill, brush with more olive oil, and top with flaky salt and rosemary leaves. They are best warm, but will keep for a couple days too – they make for a good picnic lunch with chicken salad, a vessel for hummus or other dips, or -- my favorite -- slathered with pesto and ricotta cheese.

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7 days ago nilly

Can this dough be baked? I need to make multiple flatbreads at once and cooking on a grill pan is not ideal.

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10 days ago Valerie Bryan

I have a brand new Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe and I would love to make this flatbread on it. Since it has two grill pans that can be used to cook both sides simultaneously (like a panini press), would this half the grill time? As in, just 4-5 min total? I've not tried to make bread before.

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11 days ago Micki Balder

I love this recipe, and have made it multiple times. Sometimes it's a little sticky, but I power through and it still turns out delicious. Last night I stuffed them with a little gorgonzola. EXTRA DELICIOUS. Awesome idea.

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about 1 month ago Elida

The weight measurements are off completely! I should have followed the cups measurements as those seem more the bread percentages of 75-85. the weights given in the recipe are off, are there any adjustments since this recipe e=was posted?

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about 1 month ago Carrie Wolfers Sparrow

Griddle pan works wonderfully. I used my spritzer to cover the pan with olive oil and waited until it was smoking to add the dough. Everyone raved which was especially nice since I have never made bread in my life. I the dough to prove for two hours under a thin tea towel which didn't seem to cause any harm. Served with a dish of Cous Cous and Fesenjan.

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3 months ago Carrie Wolfers Sparrow

Can you make these on a griddle pan? Or maybe under a broiler?

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3 months ago Jodi L.

I have made them on the griddle on our stove top. I would assume a griddle pan would work just as well. I would make sure it is good and hot. I heat our griddle between 400-450. I prefer the grill for ease of cleaning but during inclement weather or empty grill tanks....this works just as good!

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11 months ago Charles Wessels

I'm a restaurant owner and chef and I bake all the time. I followed the recipe exactly as I would the first time with any recipe. It took nearly twice the time rise and I wound up with an unbelievably sticky mess that was completely unworkable. I didnt even try to salvage this mess. I'm surprised that everybody else seems to have no issue here.

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11 months ago Stephanie

Hi Charles,

If you are still interested in giving the recipe a go, the tweaks I made to the method might help -

Rather than stretching the dough and greasing it in oil on a baking sheet, I simply get the grill going nicely, oil up my hands really well and form balls to throw on the grill. I don't even stretch it out much at all, I really like it thicker.. Once on the grill, the pieces are easily turned over with tongs.

It's a much simpler approach and the only way I'll do it now!

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11 months ago Charles Wessels

Do you have the amounts in weight? This dough was far to wet to even make a ball.

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11 months ago Stephanie

Ahhh unfortunately I don't have a kitchen scale just yet.. I definitely need one. Perhaps because I'm using AP Flour rather than Bread Flour it's a little different? I also make the dough much further ahead time wise just to let it take its time rising. I made this last night in fact, and prepped the dough a good few hours before grilling.

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3 months ago Jodi L.

There are weights in the recipe. I add more flour than it calls for but that is typical in bread baking. We love this bread. I make a double batch and freeze it. The kids pop it into the toaster when they want a piece. I add the herbs into the dough instead of sprinkling on top as well. Saves a step in the grilling process. Sometimes I skip the herbs or change out the rosemary for chives, scallions, etc..

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about 1 month ago Elida

I agree! Didn't work for me....the weight measurements are not correct...

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12 months ago Meghan Jefferson

Could you use whole wheat flour instead? Would you need to alter any measurements?

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12 months ago Lindsey

This recipe is so easy and SO good. All of my dinner guests were impressed and gobbled it up. I made and olive oil dipping sauce with roasted garlic, chili flakes, rock salt & rosemary!

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12 months ago amy.d.cutting

Very good! Forgot to do the rosemary & salt after the grill in part because it was devoured by people before we were able to get to it. Perfectly complemented the rest of the dishes and was fantastic dunked in the chimichurri sauce!

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about 1 year ago Valley

I made this tonight, and just like Stephanie, I used AP flour (ran out of bread flour). It was delicious! I sprinkled with some Maldon after taking off the grill. Wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing!

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about 1 year ago Jodi L.

Very easy and delicious!

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about 1 year ago Stephanie

Okay so this was incredible.. I had to use AP flour instead, but it worked fine. I'm looking forward to giving it another go (sooner rather than later..) with bread flour. It's definitely a 'go to' now. Absolutely delicious! Reminded me of my Grandmother. I'm thinking a little squeeze of lemon would be yummy too.. But I'm Greek, so lemon goes on everything.. ;) Thanks for the recipe Erin!!