Enjoy the taste of Lebanon with this paleo Lebanese Flatbread or ‘Manakish’ which only requires four ingredients to whip up! No oven is needed, the flatbread base is made stovetop and topped with a delicious za’atar spread! Paleo, gluten free, whole 30 friendly, grain free and a low carb bread alternative!
Pssssst. Guess whose got an epic recipe planned using one of these utentils…Yep, get excited.
Growing up, pizza on Friday nights was a common theme amongst my friendship circle.
I’m not sure if it was just a trend in Australia (or Western countries) but Fast Food and Friday nights went together like chocolate and peanut butter or butter on
Obviously, my sister and I were exempt to this rule. While we did partake in the weekly pizza shenanigans, it was NOT on a Friday night or was it what you’d consider pizza to be in the eyes of a child. What did Niki and I experience? We experienced something more epic than all our peers.
We experienced “Pizza on Sunday afternoons after four hours of Persian school and the pizza had no cheese.”
How is that for a title?
Persian school was something Niki and I both
endured relished in for around six years of our lives. Unlike traditional school, we were both in the same class. Other things we both shared (besides DNA) was the classroom of 6 other pupils, the distain for reading out loud and both getting the stink eye for not looking completely Persian.
After our four joyous hours of trying to stay awake, we would then be ‘treated’ to pizza at one of the casual restaurants in one of the more multicultural suburbs of Melbourne, heavily populated with families of Lebanese, Turkish and Greek heritage.
Obviously, Niki and I would make a fuss about how these pizzas were not ‘real’ pizzas and that how our Sundays were turning out to be like the 6th day of the school week- Painful, forced and exhausting. While I totally enhanced this facade in the hopes of guilting my parents (it didn’t work), I secretly loved these cheeseless pizza meals.
We’d each get a personal ‘pizza’ which was more like a flatbread. The restaurants offered two types, one which had za’atar on it (a mix of herbs, sumac, sesame seeds and a dash of olive oil) and the other one had ground beef, tomato paste and spices.
I wouldn’t be fussed with which particular one I’d order because I knew Niki would never finish hers and I’d end up polishing it off for her, still with the scowl on my face but an internal smile.
While our ‘pizza’ traditions may have been a little different in terms of style and DAY, it was the inspiration for today’s recipe and it brought back good memories….of eating two pizzas and pretending I didn’t like it.
These Paleo Lebanese Flatbread are fancy looking, fancy sounding yet simple to make. After making my three ingredient paleo pizza bases, I wanted to put a spin on it to show that pizzas without cheese can be delicious when done right and totally picked a winner here. All you need to do is whip up a pizza base (or two or even bulk cook them!) and while that is cooking, get your easy homemade zataar ready. Once it’s done, you simply turn on your oven, coat the pizza base with the za’atar mixture and allow it to crisp for 5 minutes or so and voila- A Paleo Lebanese Flatbread is born!
A key ingredient in za’atar is sumac, but I often found this to be slightly overpowering, so would sub it for lemon rind and pepper- Not the best substitute but gives it a delicious citrus tang often found on these Lebanese flatbreads. Also, for those wanting a super thin crust, you can try it on my 3 ingredient paleo flatbread– I prefer the pizza base as it’s more sturdier but thanks to the light ingredients on top, these fit the bill too!
Make this delicious Paleo Lebanese Flatbread but do NOT wear a scowl on your face. Only when it’s finished.
#Pizza on Sunday afternoons after four hours of Persian school and the pizza had no cheese
- 1 Paleo Pizza Base or Paleo Flatbread (see above), pre cooked
- 1 T store bought or homemade za'aatar spice blend*
- 1 T olive oil
- Lemon juice, to drizzle (optional)
- Preheat an oven or toaster oven or grill.
- Line a large baking tray with baking paper or aluminium foil and place your pre-made pizza base on top.
- In a small bowl, combine your za'atar mix with your olive oil and mix very well. Spread the mixture over the top of the pizza base.
- Crisp in the oven/grill etc until desired crispness level and remove. Drizzle with lemon juice and enjoy.
- * For the homemade mix-I mixed together 1/4 cup sesame seeds, 2 T oregano, 2 T thyme, 1 T sumac (or lemon pepper), pinch sea salt
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