Sausage & Garlic Pesto Flatbread

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Spicy sausage, garlic pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella on homemade flatbread dough! Easy and quick homemade flatbread recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Back from a weekend in Nashville with some girlfriends! It was my first time visiting and most certainly won’t be my last. We spent most of the time walking around and exploring, but my favorite parts were watching the live local music and buying Noelle a pair of pink cowgirl boots!!!

While I was away, I shared episode 4 of Sprinkled which lined up perfectly with National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on Saturday. Did you catch it? Did you celebrate?

Spicy sausage, garlic pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella on homemade flatbread dough! Easy and quick homemade flatbread recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Wanted to share a crazy flavorful and delicious flatbread recipe with you this week. I published a homemade flatbread dough on my blog a couple years ago– a 1 hour pizza dough that we SWEAR BY. I make this dough a few times each month because it’s quick and convenient, especially when I have a bunch of random toppings to use up. Just last week I brushed the dough with olive oil and minced garlic, then topped with a thin layer of hummus, chopped fresh spinach, and lots of goat cheese. So random, but so simple and hit the spot!!

My latest favorite flatbread is this snazzy pesto and sausage combo. I paired it with mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes, topped it all with crushed red pepper, and served it to our friends who brought their son over for a playdate. We snacked on it before dinner and they said it was one of the best pizzas they’d ever had. It’s cheesy, salty, saucy, garlicky, spicy, savory, and best of all: homemade.

HOMEMADE DOUGH

Pre-made pizza dough is definitely convenient, but did you know that it only requires a few basic ingredients? My flatbread dough only needs 1 hour to rise and you can freeze/thaw it for a quick 20 minute dinner when you don’t feel like cooking.

The recipe yields 2 individual flatbread pizzas. They’re relatively small and can easily feed 2-3 people with a couple leftover pieces for lunch. You only need:

  • flour
  • yeast
  • sugar + water to feed/activate the yeast
  • olive oil
  • salt

Add herbs and seasonings to the dough like garlic powder, lemon pepper, or Italian seasoning or leave it plain. The real fun comes with the toppings!!

GARLIC PESTO

I used my basil pesto recipe and added extra garlic. Use my recipe, another pesto recipe you love, or pick up a jar from the store. But, like homemade flatbread dough, fresh homemade pesto tastes best! I love it on salads, with scrambled eggs, in my turkey wraps, or spread on grilled chicken. Very summery, very fresh, very versatile!

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SAUSAGE

Use whatever sausage you and your family enjoy. I crumbled up pork sausage, but sliced turkey or chicken sausage would be awesome here. If it’s not cooked, sauté it prior to piling on the pizza.

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ASSEMBLE

After the dough has risen, punch it down and divide in two. If desired, this dough can be used as 1 large flatbread, but the larger it is, the longer it takes in the oven.

Use your hands or rolling pin to flatten the dough out. Let the dough take on whatever shape it wants to– shape doesn’t matter, thickness does. This is flatbread, so make sure it’s pretty thin before you add the toppings.

TIP: Poke the dough with your fingers or prick with a fork to reduce any large air bubbles as the flatbread bakes.

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I roll out/arrange the flatbreads on parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, then pick the whole thing up and place on a baking sheet. No special pizza pan or pizza stone required.

Flatbread only needs about 15 minutes in a hot oven. See what I mean about FAST?

Spicy sausage, garlic pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella on homemade flatbread dough! Easy and quick homemade flatbread recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

  • Add some fresh basil or arugula when the flatbread comes out of the oven.
  • Instead of sun-dried tomatoes, slice up some heirloom tomatoes or leave them off completely.
  • Sauté some mushrooms, kale, or peppers with the sausage.
  • Add caramelized onions.
  • Use any cheese you love!
  • Have some breath mints for dessert.

There aren’t really any rules here; sausage and garlic pesto are good with pretty much everything! Flatbread is your opportunity to get creative and discover some new flavors and pairings. Here’s to a delicious week!

Spicy sausage, garlic pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella on homemade flatbread dough! Easy and quick homemade flatbread recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Sausage & Garlic Pesto Flatbread

Ingredients:

Flatbread

  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon for brushing the dough
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Toppings

  • 1 cup cooked or uncooked sausage*
  • 1 cup homemade pesto*
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes or sliced fresh tomatoes*
  • optional: crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. Make the crust: Place the yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Or, if you do not own a stand mixer, a regular large mixing bowl. Pour warm water on top. Whisk gently to combine, then loosely cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to sit for 5 minutes. The mixture should be frothy after 5 minutes. If not, start over with new yeast.
  2. If you do not have a mixer, you can mix by hand in this step. With the stand mixer running on low speed, add the flour, olive, oil, and salt. Beat on low speed for 1 minute as it all combines. The dough should be thick and shaggy. Transfer it to a lightly floured work surface, including any loose flour. Knead it with your hands for 2 minutes until it all begins to come together and becomes smooth. If the dough is too sticky to handle, add 1-2 more Tablespoons of flour.
  3. Place the dough in a greased bowl (I use nonstick spray to grease) and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to sit and rest for 35-45 minutes at room temperature. Once it has rested and slightly risen, you can place it in the fridge for up to 2 days. More instructions in the make ahead tip below.
  4. As the dough is resting and rising, prepare the toppings. Make the homemade pesto and cook the sausage if it's not cooked. I crumbled up uncooked pork sausage and browned it on the stove for about 5 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 475°F (246°C).
  6. Shape the dough: Punch the dough down to release any air. Divide the dough into two. On a lightly floured surface with floured hands and working with one dough piece at a time, begin shaping and stretching the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick. You can use a floured rolling pin for this too. Don't worry about the shape of the dough, just make sure it's pretty thin. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Carefully transfer both pieces of dough to a parchment paper or silicone-mat lined baking sheet, or use a pizza stone. (You can also shape/roll out the doughs directly on a large sheet of parchment if that is easier for you and then just transfer the whole thing to the baking sheet.)
  7. Poke your fingers all around the surface of the flatbreads or prick a few holes with a fork. Drizzle or brush each with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Spread about 1/3 cup of pesto on each then top with mozzarella, tomatoes, and finish with sausage. (Reserve remaining pesto for topping.)
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust and toppings are browned to your liking. Remove from the oven and spoon remaining pesto on top. If desired, finish with a sprinkle of crushed red pepper. Slice and serve warm.
  9. Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Make ahead tip: The sausage can be cooked a few days in advance; just keep in the refrigerator until ready to use. The pesto can also be prepared in advance. Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2-3 months. The dough can be prepared through step 3, then after it has risen, cover and place in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Continue with step 5. To freeze the dough, prepare it through step 3. After it has risen, punch it down to release any air. Divide it in 2, if desired, then wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw the dough overnight in the refrigerator. Then let the dough sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before stretching out/shaping and topping.

Recipe Notes:

  1. I used the full recipe (1 cup) for my homemade pesto, but I added an extra clove of garlic. Super garlicky! You can use any pesto, homemade or store-bought, that you love. Feel free to add some minced fresh garlic to the toppings if your pesto isn't garlicky enough.
  2. Use whatever sausage you and your family enjoy. I crumbled up pork sausage, but sliced turkey or chicken sausage would be great too. If it's not cooked, cook it prior to piling on the pizza as suggested in step 4.
  3. I used 4 sun-dried tomato slices per flatbread. Feel free to pile more on or use thinly sliced fresh tomato instead. 1/2 cup was a rough measurement. Use however much or little you like.

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  1. This sounds so yummy! I have a ninja food processor it came as a blender/processor/single serve blender combo but it sucks at making things like homemade nut butters and the like but my hubs just bought me an actual food processor for homemade baby purées so I will definitely try out homemade pesto in it! We also get meat from a local farmer and they give us these incredible breakfast sausages but they are really just slightly-spicy-really-flavourful sausages so they will be fantastic on here! I can’t wait to try this! Will definitely let you know how it turns out! Ps. I honestly laughed out loud when you suggested breath mints for dessert! Literally the only downside of garlicky food!!

  2. This is a combo I haven’t tried on pizza or a flatbread yet and sounds SOOOO good! If i’m in a hurry I sometimes buy naan and make a flatbread on that, but homemade dough is so good! And how fun a girls trip to Nashville, I’ve always wanted to go.

  3. This sounds wonderful but we’re in the midst of a heatwave and I hate to use the oven. Can this be cooked on the grill with cover down? Would I still need a sheet pan or can I just put oil on the grill grates to prevent the dough from sticking?

  4. I’ve never tried flatbread – but I’m going to this weekend! And your homemade pesto. Maybe even your roasted garlic chicken pizza. All kinds of new things! 🙂

      1. Sooooo….I made this tonight and it was fantastic! I wish I had known making dough was this easy, tasty, and inexpensive. As you suggested, I played around with it a little bit. For the olive oilI I used a garlic infused evoo. The salt in the crust was an artisan blended sea salt. Then for the toppings I used onions, tomatoes, and 3 different cheeses on top of the pesto. Right out of the oven I brushed the crust with garlic butter. For my first attempt I’m pretty dang happy. 🙂 We are stuffed as it made 2 pretty big flatbreads. Thanks Sally! 5 stars!

  5. Made this crust last night (all we had on-hand were standard pizza toppings: sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni), but it turned out great! The dough was the perfect consistency– not sticky at all!! It was easy to stretch out, too! We baked it on our pizza steel and it was a great texture. Perfect amount for my husband and me, with a few pieces leftover for our lunches today. I want to try it next with the toppings as-written! Thank you for providing such easy-to-follow instructions! Your site is my go-to for recipes!

  6. Can this recipe be doubled or tripled? We are a family of six (four teenagers) so this would not feed all of us. We love making quick top-your-own-pizzas with flatbread from the grocery store but I would love to make it myself!

  7. This dough is perfect. I thought I had a good recipe but will use this going forward as it was much easier to handle. I will try it next on the grill, too, since it’s less springy I think it will be easier to throw on there! Thank you. And I didn’t try your toppings but did broccoli and Parmesan on one and grilled bbq pork with caramelized onions and jack cheese on the other. Took closer to 20min for the crispness I wanted. Also, I had made the dough two days in advance and it was perfect right out of the fridge. Excellent recipe!

  8. I made this recipe for my meat-and-potatoes-loving dad and he really liked it (as did I)! Perfect for this time of year! Thanks for another great recipe! 🙂

      1. Great, thank you!! I assumed it would be okay and I saw the note about “If you don’t have a mixer..” but you never mentioned a dough hook in the instructions so I wasn’t positive – better safe than sorry! Can’t wait to make this tomorrow night!!

  9. I made this and it was so good! My family loved it! And the pizza dough recipe that I’ve used forever may have just been replaced

  10. This recipe was delicious! And my toddler was so excited helping me flatten the flatbread. Will definitely be making it again.

  11. I made this flatbread and your pesto a couple weeks ago and it is AMAZING! What an incredible combo! I used regular mozzarella though, because I already had it in the fridge. I used 4 garlic cloves as you suggested, but our garlic was SO potent mine & my husbands mouths were literally burning!! And we usually love garlic. So I think if I used the same garlic next time, 2 would be plenty! I’m planning on making this again on Thursday for my mom! So thank you for including make ahead tips!!
    If you’re thinking about making this, don’t think! Just make it! It’s incredible and so easy to make!

Reviews

  1. I made this recipe for my meat-and-potatoes-loving dad and he really liked it (as did I)! Perfect for this time of year! Thanks for another great recipe! 🙂

  2. This recipe was delicious! And my toddler was so excited helping me flatten the flatbread. Will definitely be making it again.

  3. I made this flatbread and your pesto a couple weeks ago and it is AMAZING! What an incredible combo! I used regular mozzarella though, because I already had it in the fridge. I used 4 garlic cloves as you suggested, but our garlic was SO potent mine & my husbands mouths were literally burning!! And we usually love garlic. So I think if I used the same garlic next time, 2 would be plenty! I’m planning on making this again on Thursday for my mom! So thank you for including make ahead tips!!
    If you’re thinking about making this, don’t think! Just make it! It’s incredible and so easy to make!

Questions

  1. This sounds wonderful but we’re in the midst of a heatwave and I hate to use the oven. Can this be cooked on the grill with cover down? Would I still need a sheet pan or can I just put oil on the grill grates to prevent the dough from sticking?

      1. Great, thank you!! I assumed it would be okay and I saw the note about “If you don’t have a mixer..” but you never mentioned a dough hook in the instructions so I wasn’t positive – better safe than sorry! Can’t wait to make this tomorrow night!!

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