Flatbreads are Easy and Very, Very Versatile.
Marty Martindale

We find them in all cultures since the beginning of time but not used in North America to any extent until quite recently.

The Persians had their Barbari, the Turks their Bazlama, Italy its Paidina, Yemon its Iahoh, Morocco its Harsha, Ethiopia its Injera, Somalia its Laxoox, India its Chapati, Venezuela its Arepa, Jamaica its Bammy, Mexico its Tortillas and on and on it goes. Frequently, flatbreads are a means for moving tasty items from source to mouth using it as an edible “vehicle.” At medieval feasts, they used no dinner plates and laid foods they wanted onto slices of bread called trenches. These contained the juices, and they ate the trenches afterward.

Nancy Kruse reported in Restaurant News, lately, “The presence of flatbreads on restaurant chain menus jumped a whopping 80 percent between 2008 and 2010, according to foodservice research firm Technomic Inc.” She continues further stating that Americans were looking for a substitute for traditional sandwiches. Soon they had their hands on handier wraps, tortillas and focaccias to gain nourishment.

Simple to make, simple to digest, flatbreads can be made quickly with or without yeast and a suitable recipe. Flatbreads contain no chemicals, very little sugar and can be gluten-free with appropriate flours. Your only other necessary ingredients are flour, water, sugar and salt. If you are into sour dough, you will need a small amount of dough culture.

Here is a video on  making flatbread:

Use your imagination when it comes to flatbread textures and flavoring:

Hot peppers
Any herb or spice mixtures
Flavored or olive oil
Cheeses, Fruits and vegetables
Seafood and meats
Condiments and olives
Dunk in soups

The web is loaded with flatbread/flat bread recipes. Here is a basic one on Cooks.com.  

Skip the potatoes, pasta or rice and try  flatbread!

Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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