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Saj Bread with Caramelized Onions Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons quinoa
- 2 tablespoons millet
- 2 tablespoons buckwheat
- 2 tablespoons amaranth
- 2 tablespoons teff
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons almond flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons psyllium husk
- 2 tablespoons wheat germ
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Special Equipment Needed:
- Large skillet
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheet

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
2. Add the onion and sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is golden brown and caramelized, about 10 minutes.
3. Remove the onion from the heat and set aside.
4. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, flour, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
5. Add the water, yogurt, cilantro, mint, parsley, dill, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, teff, rolled oats, almond flour, coconut flour, psyllium husk, wheat germ, ground flaxseed, olive oil, honey, molasses, and maple syrup.
6. Mix until a dough forms.
7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.
8. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces.
9. Roll each piece of dough into a thin circle, about 8 inches in diameter.
10. Place the circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
11. Top each circle with the caramelized onions.
12. Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
13. Serve warm.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Temperature: 375°F
Serving Size: 8 servings

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 200
Fat: 10 g
Carbohydrates: 25 g
Protein: 5 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sugar: 8 g

Substitutions for Ingredients
- Olive oil can be substituted with any other cooking oil.
- Butter can be substituted with vegan margarine.
- All-purpose flour can be substituted with gluten-free flour.
- Plain yogurt can be substituted with vegan yogurt.
- Fresh herbs can be substituted with dried herbs.
- Seeds can be substituted with any other type of seed or nut.
- Honey can be substituted with agave nectar or maple syrup.
- Molasses can be substituted with date syrup or brown rice syrup.

- Add other vegetables such as bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini.
- Add other herbs such as oregano, thyme, or rosemary.
- Add other spices such as cayenne pepper or smoked paprika.
- Add other nuts and seeds such as walnuts, almonds, or chia seeds.
- Add other sweeteners such as coconut sugar or date sugar.

Tips and Tricks:
- For a crispier crust, brush the top of the saj bread with olive oil before baking.
- For a more flavorful crust, brush the top of the saj bread with a mixture of olive oil, garlic, and herbs before baking.
- For a sweeter crust, brush the top of the saj bread with a mixture of olive oil and honey before baking.

Storage Instructions:
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Reheating Instructions:
Reheat in a preheated oven at 350°F for 5 minutes, or until heated through.

Presentation Ideas:
- Serve with a side of hummus or tzatziki.
- Serve with a side of Greek salad.
- Serve with a side of roasted vegetables.

- Chopped fresh parsley
- Chopped fresh mint
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Toasted pumpkin seeds

- Hummus
- Tzatziki
- Greek salad
- Roasted vegetables

Suggested Side Dishes:
- Greek salad
- Roasted vegetables
- Hummus
- Tzatziki

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
- If the dough is too wet, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

Food Safety Advice:
- Wash your hands before and after handling food.
- Wash all utensils and surfaces that come into contact with raw ingredients.
- Cook food to the proper temperature.

Food History:
Saj bread is a traditional flatbread from the Middle East. It is made from a dough of flour, water, and spices and is cooked on a hot griddle. The bread is usually served with savory toppings such as vegetables, cheese, and meat.

Flavor Profiles:
This saj bread has a savory flavor with hints of sweetness from the caramelized onions. The spices add a subtle warmth and depth of flavor.

Serving Suggestions:
- Serve with a side of hummus or tzatziki.
- Serve with a side of Greek salad.
- Serve with a side of roasted vegetables.

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Region: Middle Eastern

Taste: Savory, Sweet, Tangy, Caramelized, Oniony