Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cheesy Zucchini and Red Onion Flatbread

OK... so when are your kids supposedly old enough that they can be considered full-fledged adults and you can then stop worrying about them every single minute of every single day? I know... stupid question, and it really was meant to be rhetorical, but I figure someone out there might have some comforting bit of knowledge and/or experience to share with me. I won't go into details, but let's just say that one of my full-grown babies is giving me hissy fits as I type this.

For the record, he's behaving just like I did at that age... or rather, as his father did. It's difficult to differentiate because his father and I went through this age together and I suppose we both screwed up from time to time.

What exactly does this have to do with cheesy zucchini and red onion flatbread? Not a darn thing. But I'm fretting and because you're reading this, I'm expecting you to fret along with me. Please advise me if I'm asking too much of you because on some days, you're all I've got my friends. Thanks, and I mean that.

This flatbread is delicious. Put it to use as an appetizer or share it as a late night TV snack with someone special. Then hug them and tell them you love them.

Cheesy Zucchini and Red Onion Flatbread (from bon appetit)

1 10-ounce tube refrigerated pizza dough (I used homemade pizza dough because I had it on hand)
3/4 cup garlic-and-herb cheese spread (such as Alouette,) divided
3/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
3 TBSP chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
1 small red onion
1 7-8 inch zucchini, cut crosswise into 1/8" rounds, divided
olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Unroll dough onto parchment. Spread half of herb cheese over one long half of the dough, leaving 1/2" plain border. Sprinkle with half of the parmesan cheese and 2 TBSP of the parsley.

Using parchment as an aid, fold plain half of dough over filled half (do not seal edges.) Spread remaining herb cheese over top; sprinkle with remaining parmesan. Remove enough outer layers of onion to yield 2" diameter core; cut into 1/8" rounds. Arrange one row of zucchini down one long side of dough. Arrange onion rounds in a row alongside zucchini. Arrange one more row of zucchini alongside onion.

Brush vegetables with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake bread until puffed and deep brown at edges, about 24 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining parsley to garnish.


Rosemary & Garlic said...

Can't give you the answer to that question. My 21 year old disappeared a few weekends ago, went to coach a regatta in a section of WV without cell access, thought he had told us. Maybe over margaritas we can answer this question.

I love you line that you used real dough because you had it on hand. And perhaps you have some poolish and biga and twenty different types of flours. It is funny where the BBA challenge takes us.

Hang in there.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

The bread looks great...and in answer to your question...never...maybe...well at least not 24/7...forever!

Federica said...

wow è bellissimo! complimenti! chissà che buono!

Alyssa said...

You know, I wish I had an answer to this. My just 17 yr old is a gem, but I don't see an end to the worrying at any time in the near future. The flatbread looks so good!

stephchows said...

i'm probably one of those grown up kids driving my mom nutzo... although I must say I try not to.... sorry :D

June said...

This bread and a BOX of wine would cure 99% of all problems. Go for it doll. I'm with ya.

Mags said...

Rosemary: Margaritas couldn't hurt. And I hear you about the poolish, biga and 20 different flours.... so true!

Carrie: I'm banking on the 24/7

Federica: Thanks!

Alyssa: I hope your 17 year old stays a gem!

Steph: I'm sure you do not drive your mother way!

June: I'll make the bread, you bring the box.... let's tawk!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Ooh... your flat bread looks beautiful! I don't have kids yet, but I'm 27 and my mom still freaked out about me traveling to Washington DC on my own last weekend :)

Dyan said...

Ahhhhhh..this too shall pass! Keep laughing, they are just trying to find their way too.
Yummy bread!! thanks....just keep going to cooking therapy..menopause is a crazy time in our lives as woman!

Mags said...

Jen: You just answered my question. It's looking like I'll be worrying about them no matter how old they are.

Dyan: I know. You and I have had this discussion how many times in the past, right?

Jane said...

How old do they have to be?
Mine are 27, 24, 21, and 19 and I'm still waiting for that magic moment when I can quit worrying. I suspect that "never" is the proper answer. If I were to consult my 82 year old mother and 90 year old father, I know they would say the same thing! I'm the baby, at 50, and I know they still worry about me (usually without cause, I might add).

If you discover some wisdom in this area, please, please share it with me, because I worry perpetually over my four!

Mags said...

Jane: Your kids' ages are very close to mine, but I only have three. I guess I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll never be able to stop worrying about them. In fact, with my first grandchild due in March, I think I'm about to take on a whole new set of worries. Thanks for commenting!