Amaranth flatbread with fig, sweet corn, and shallot cream sauce. And also basil. Try saying that 5 times fast! I try to avoid using recipe titles that are literally just a list of the ingredients, but I have to admit I can’t think of anything more concise for this one.
We have been getting more and more settled in with our new kitchen (amazing how long that can take, right?). Due to the wacky, cold weather we’ve been having, we’ve also been enjoying evenings in the backyard with the grill. By cold, of course, I mean that it’s only in the low 80’s, which is quite strange for August. Often I’ll chop up and season an assortment of seasonal vegetables, throw them on the grill, and call it a meal, but this time around I made something a little more formal. This flatbread recipe works perfectly fine in the oven, as well, if a grill isn’t easily available.
I started with an amaranth flatbread dough that’s very similar to my white bean pizza dough. Like in that recipe, this is about half and half with amaranth flour and whole wheat flour. It’s a great approach to incorporating different grains into the meal while still taking advantage of the properties of wheat. Okay, technically, like quinoa, amaranth is a seed – not a grain. But anyway. I chose amaranth in particular because the nutty, slightly malty flavor complements sweet summer corn. Amaranth is high in protein and in lysine, a nice addition to your diet. If you don’t have amaranth flour, you can use the white bean dough (linked above), or simply use all whole wheat flour. This dough is very flexible and easy to work with.
Once the amaranth flatbread was crisped up, I topped it with this amazing shallot cream sauce. I based that recipe on my favorite cashew “mozzarella”, with a few modifications to give it a better texture for pizza. Then we added sliced black mission figs and freshly-grilled summer sweet corn. After that all went on the grill for a few more minutes to get the sauce all melty and delicious, it’s topped with fresh basil. A celebration of summer!
At the market this past Saturday I bought at least a gallon of sweet summer nectarines. I’ve got a very special nectarine (dessert!) recipe to share later this week. Until then, happy Monday!
Amaranth Flatbread with Fig, Sweet Corn, and Shallot Cream Sauce
For the amaranth flatbread dough:
For the vegan shallot cream sauce:
For assembling the flatbreads:
- 12 fresh black mission figs sliced
- 1 cup cooked corn kernels
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves thinly sliced
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
To prepare the amaranth flatbread dough:
- Stir together the water, sugar, and yeast. Set aside for a few minutes until it starts to get foamy (this is to verify that the yeast is working).
- In a bowl, use a fork to stir together the amaranth flour, whole wheat flour, and salt until fully combined. Pour in the yeast mixture. Stir everything together until a homogeneous dough is formed. It will seem pretty sticky.
- Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Either continue in the bowl or transfer to a floured surface. Knead the dough, working in additional whole wheat flour whenever it starts to stick, until the dough is smooth and a little stretchy. 4-6 minutes. Though it won't be as elastic as 100% wheat dough, you should still be able to see formed strands of gluten throughout it.
- Cover the dough with a damp towel and set in a warm place to rise for 60-90 minutes, or until approximately doubled in size.
- Punch down the dough, divide in half, and transfer to a sealed container or Ziploc bag in the fridge, until ready to use. The dough will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before using.
To prepare the shallot cream sauce:
- Get a small saucepan ready. Puree all ingredients in a blender or food processor until completely smooth.
- (optional) If you don't have a high-powdered blender, you will want to pour the mixture through a mesh sieve into the sauce pan, using a spatula to get all of the liquid through. This will filter out any tiny cashew pieces that didn't get fully pureed.
- Turn the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently (but not constantly). The mixture will start to thicken and look kind of chunky. Keep stirring and cooking until it smooths out again.
- Turn the heat to low, cook for 1-2 more minutes, and then remove from the heat. Once cooled, you can store in the fridge until you're ready to use it. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To prepare the amaranth flatbread:
- Set out the dough at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before using (if stored in the refrigerator).
- Roll out one of the halves of the dough (on a floured surface if needed) into a disc.
- (GRILL OPTION): Place the dough onto a lightly oiled cast iron skillet. Place on the center of the grill and cover the grill. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the dough starts to pull away from the bottom of the pan a bit.
- (GRILL OPTION): Spread the shallot cream sauce on the base of the flatbread, add half the figs and corn, and return to the grill. Cook for another 5-8 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through and the sauce is melted. Remove from the heat.
- (OVEN OPTION): Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the flatbread in a cast iron skillet or on a lined baking sheet for about 8 minutes, until starting to crisp up.
- (OVEN OPTION): Spread the shallot cream sauce on the base of the flatbread, add half the figs and corn, and return to the oven. Cook for another 7-10 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through and the sauce is melted. Remove from the heat.
- Top with basil, salt and pepper to taste, and serve.
- Repeat with the remaining half of the dough as desired.