Olive Garden Caprese Flatbread RecipeThis simple Caprese Flatbread appetizer features mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil on a flatbread crust with a savory garlic aioli. Ingredients
- 8 Roma or plum tomatoes, diced
- 1 garlic clove
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 20 medium fresh basil leaves, stemmed and chopped (about ½ cup)
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 14 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 11 oz container of refrigerated thin crust pizza dough
PREHEAT oven to 350ºF.
DICE tomatoes into small pieces. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
ADD chopped garlic, salt, pepper, ½ of chopped basil (about ¼ cup), and 4 Tbsp olive oil.
SET aside and allow mixture to marinate for 10 minutes.
FLATTEN pizza dough into rectangle pan as indicated on package, reaching to pan edges.
DRIZZLE dough with olive oil and brush it over dough.
BAKE dough at 350ºF for 10 minutes on center rack.
REMOVE from oven and allow to cool slightly, about 2 minutes.
CUT garlic clove in half and rub, cut side down, onto the surface of the bread. The slight warmth of the bread
will help extract the garlic flavor.
ALLOW bread to cool completely, about 10 more minutes.
INCREASE oven temperature to 450ºF.
COMBINE mayonnaise and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. Evenly spread onto the bread’s surface. TOP with shredded
mozzarella to evenly cover surface.
DRAIN tomato mixture and spread evenly over the bread.
SPRINKLE with grated Parmesan cheese.
RETURN flatbread to oven for 5-7 more minutes or until golden, crisp and bubbly.
GARNISH with remaining chopped basil and serve.
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