Use small, individual-sized flatbread for personal pizzas.

Baking Pizza With Wraps

by Zora Hughes

Flatbread wraps are not just for sandwiches. You can use them to make a tasty, homemade thin-crust pizza for your kids on pizza night. Flatbreads are made with a basic flour and water dough and rolled out thin. Most are made unleavened, without yeast, but all kinds are available. Because flatbreads are so thin, once you've assembled your ingredients on the flatbread, it only takes minutes to have a hot, bubbling pizza on the table.

1. Types

Choose from a range of flatbread wraps to make your pizza. You can work with a basic, thin flatbread that you can find at the grocery store or choose a flavored type, such as flatbread infused with garlic, herbs or even spinach. Along with Mexican flour tortillas, which are even thinner, these flatbreads are most commonly used for sandwich wraps. You could also make your pizza with naan, an Indian variation that is softer and fluffier than basic flatbread. Another option is pita, a Mediterranean flatbread that is slightly thicker and has a smoother surface than naan. Both are leavened flatbreads, made with yeast. Choose a flatbread for your pizza based on the thickness and flavors you are looking for.

2. Assembling

Choose your favorite pizza ingredients to make any type of pizza on flatbread. Start with a tomato sauce, as with traditional pizza, or you could add fresh tomatoes, like a Margherita pizza. You could also lay on a nontraditional sauce, such as pesto, or go sauceless. Choose just about any type of cheese, preferably one or more that melt well. This could be grated or fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, Monterey Jack or Asiago. You have an infinite amount of options for your pizza toppings, from classic pepperoni and sausage, to more creative options including pineapple, chicken and vegetables. Keep at least an inch of space around the edges of your flatbread for a sufficient crust.

3. Baking

Preheat your oven to 400 F. Bake on a baking sheet or round metal pizza pan. The time it will take to cook depends on the type of flatbread wrap you chose, as well as the type and amount of toppings. Generally, it should take roughly 10 to 15 minutes to melt the cheese and get your flatbread crisp. Leave the pizza in longer if you like a very crispy crust, especially if you are using pita or naan flatbread. Let the pizza cool slightly before serving.

4. Pizza Sandwich Wraps

As an alternative to flatbread pizza, you can use your flatbread wraps to make pizza versions of hot sandwich wraps. This is done best with small, individual-sized tortilla wraps. Lay out your flatbread and add sauce, cheese, pepperoni or any of your favorite pizza toppings. Make sure to keep all ingredients close to the center of the flatbread wrap so that you can fold it up easily and avoid any spilling out. Fold up the edges like a burrito, starting with folding the sides to the center, then rolling up from the bottom. Place the pizza on a lightly greased baking sheet to bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the oven set to 350 F.

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