Mediterranean > Mediterranean Breads

Tomato and Basil Ftira Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 lb. pizza dough
- 2 large tomatoes, sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Special equipment needed:
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Roll out pizza dough on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4 inch.

3. Place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

4. Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

5. Arrange the sliced tomatoes on top of the dough.

6. Sprinkle the chopped basil leaves over the tomatoes.

7. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza.

8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

9. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Serving size:
4-6 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 280
Fat: 14g
Carbohydrates: 29g
Protein: 9g
Sodium: 570mg
Sugar: 2g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Instead of pizza dough, you can use pre-made flatbread or pita bread.
- Instead of fresh basil, you can use dried basil.
- Instead of Parmesan cheese, you can use mozzarella or feta cheese.

- Add sliced onions or bell peppers for extra flavor.
- Top with cooked chicken or sausage for a heartier meal.
- Use different types of cheese, such as goat cheese or blue cheese.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to roll out the dough evenly to ensure even cooking.
- Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to slice the ftira.
- Serve with a side salad for a complete meal.

Storage instructions:
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat in the oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve on a large platter with fresh basil leaves and cherry tomatoes for garnish.

- Fresh basil leaves
- Cherry tomatoes

- Serve with a crisp white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.

Suggested side dishes:
- Mixed green salad
- Roasted vegetables

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the crust is not cooked through, bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to wash your hands and all utensils before preparing the ftira.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking.

Food history:
- Ftira is a traditional Maltese bread that is often topped with tomatoes, onions, and tuna.

Flavor profiles:
- This ftira has a savory and slightly tangy flavor from the tomatoes and Parmesan cheese, with a hint of sweetness from the basil.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve as an appetizer or main dish.

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Region: Maltese

Taste: Savory, Tangy, Herbal, Fresh, Aromatic