Cut It Up: 24 Flatbreads & Pizzas to Start the Party

updated Dec 1, 2023
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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 24 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.

Flatbreads and Pizzas

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Homemade Pizza
Homemade dough, a no-cook sauce, and all your favorite toppings combine for easy homemade pizza you'll want to make weekly.
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Flatbread with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, and Basil

Here’s a recipe that can easily work both as a party-worthy appetizer or as a light supper, perhaps served with a salad dressed in a sharp, mustardy vinaigrette.

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Foolproof Pan Pizza
This crispy, extra-flavorful pan pizza is far superior (and way less fussy) than any other method, giving you a crunchy crust and perfectly golden top every single time.
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Learn how to make this 3-ingredient, vegan and gluten-free flatbread that cooks in under 10 minutes.
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The Ultimate Summer Pizza
All your favorite summer veggies are piled onto crisp grilled pizza dough that's brushed with garlic-herb oil.
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Trader Joe's Flatbread Pizza
Easy artichoke, pesto, and spinach flatbread personal pizzas made from Trader Joe's ingredients.
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Cheeseburger Pizza
Combine two mouth-watering favorites in one with cheeseburger pizza.
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Scallion Pancakes

This pan-fried bread has a lot in common with Indian parathas and other simple flatbreads.

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Homemade Pita Bread

The pitas you make at home are worlds apart from the stuff you buy in stores, and watching them puff to glorious heights in your oven or on your stovetop is culinary magic at its best.

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Sausage Pizza Topped with Crispy Kale

A pizza topped with quick-cooked kale chips.

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Spinach, White Bean, and Taleggio Pizza

For the crust, feel free to use a ball of store-bought pizza or your favorite recipe.

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Caramelized Mushroom Flatbread Pizza
Easy mushroom and cheese flatbread pizzas made with store-bought dough.
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Individual BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Flatbread Pizzas
Thanks to store-bought shortcuts, these personal pizzas are in and out of the oven in just 20 minutes.
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Grilled Pesto Chicken Flatbreads
Harness the flavorful power of pesto in these easy grilled chicken and cheese flatbreads.
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Easy Fig & Prosciutto Flatbreads
Fancy enough for dinner party appetizer but easy enough for a date-night in, these fig and prosciutto flatbreads are easy decadence.
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Grilled Yogurt Flatbreads with Israeli Salad
A simple, no-rise flatbread dough is grilled until crispy, then topped with hummus and a fresh cucumber-tomato salad.
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Trader Joe's Garlic Naan Flatbread Pizza
An easy recipe for naan flatbread pizzas using Trader Joe's ingredients.
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Sweet Potato, Ricotta & Arugula Flatbread

Simple yet elegant first course like this flatbread becomes extremely handy.

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Mashed Potato and Bacon Pizza
Inspired by the best pizza I've ever had, this easy homemade pizza is topped with creamy mashed potatoes, loads of cheese, and salty bacon.
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Masala Naan Pizza
Giving naan the pizza treatment is the boost we all need for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
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The Best Grilled Pizza
Thanks to the extra-high heat of the grill, this method makes some of the best pizza you'll ever eat!
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Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza
A simple recipe for a weeknight-friendly pizza topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, and arugula.
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Spinach Pizza
All the best parts of spinach artichoke dip on a crispy crusted pizza pie.
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Eggplant Pizza
Dotted with your choice of toppings and garnishes, eggplant pizza is saucy and cheesy - and doesn't require pizza dough.
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