Cut It Up: 15 Flatbreads & Pizzas to Start the Party

Recipe Roundup

Crisp, chewy flatbread is a welcome start to any party, and tastes great with whatever toppings you have on hand. Pizza works just as well, cut into bite-sized pieces and served warm from the oven. Whatever you call it, these 15 recipes and techniques for making crackly-crusted dough, with or without toppings, are easy crowd-pleasers.

For the quickest party prep, use store-bought pizza dough or puff pastry, or freeze your own rounds of homemade pizza dough for future use. From there, the possibilities are endless: cheese, vegetables, caramelized onions or leeks, meats and even beans make tasty toppings. Just remember to avoid loading on too much — no one likes a soggy, heavy appetizer.

If you're feeling minimalistic, even an unadorned round of freshly-made pita bread or a wedge of gluten-free chickpea pancake starts the party off right.

TOP ROW
Sweet Potato, Ricotta & Arugula Flatbread
Eggplant & Spicy Hummus Flatbread
Flatbreads with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions & Basil
Leek, Ricotta & Lemon Flatbread
Three Cheese Tomato Tart

MIDDLE ROW
Socca (Chickpea Pancake)
Scallion Pancake
Easy Homemade Pita Bread
How to Bake Flatbread on the Stovetop
Cooking By Instinct Pizza Formula (with Morels and Ramps)

BOTTOM ROW
Sausage Pizza Topped with Crispy Kale
Spinach, White Bean & Taleggio Pizza
Stovetop/Broiler Pizza with Asparagus, Shiitake & Fresh Mozzarella
No-Knead Fennel & Anchovy Pizza
Grilled Potato, Gorgonzola & Prosciutto Pizza

Do you have any party-pleasing flatbread or pizza recipes?

Related: Want Awesome Pizza? Turn Up The Oven

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