Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cannellini Bean & Fennel Flatbread

Cannellini Bean & Fennel Flatbread

Happy New Year to you all! As much as I enjoyed 2013, I'm happy to begin a new year. I hope everyone finds themselves at peace, healthy and happy as we begin 2014. I'm starting our year with this white bean and fennel flatbread. It's a great way to use this creamy white bean and fennel that I have been loving so much lately. Cannellini beans have a good amount of protein per serving, about 10 grams, and adds a subtle taste and nice texture the the recipe. Fennel, one of my favorite flavors at the moment, pairs so well with the beans and capers. Kalmata olives would also be spectacular as well. If your not a fan of capers, olives will be a great replacement or addition with their wonderful saltiness and flavor. You may even like to make an olive spread as your base for the flatbread, a quick recipe is in the notes for this option! As is, this was a great flatbread....so easy to make, visually appealling, protein enhanced and full of flavor. I could easily serve this as a meal or as an appetizer to friends and family.

Cheers to a new year of great vegan food, at least I hope you find it all to be as good as I do!

Cannellini Bean & Fennel Flatbread

Cannellini Bean & Fennel Flatbread

Ingredients
  • 1 pizza or focaccia dough (see notes for homemade dough)
  • olive oil
  • 1 fennel, thinly sliced about 1/4 inch or smaller
  • 1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 -2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons fennel seeds (thyme or herbs de provence would be great too)
  • mineral salt & cracked pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes to taste, optional
  • chopped flat leaf parsley, to garnish
  • almond parmesan, to garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Let dough rest in it's package or covered at room temp for about 15 minutes. On a baking sheet, grease or line with silpat or parchment paper, flatten dough into a rectangular shape using the heel of your hand. Use your fingertips at the edges to press and flatten outward.

Drizzle olive oil over dough and spread with your fingers, back of a spoon or silicon brush. Spread cannellini beans in a single layer over the dough. Layer with sliced fennel. Sprinkle with capers, fennel seeds, salt, pepper and optional red pepper flakes. Add an extra drizzle of olive oil over top if desired.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until edges are golden and bottom is crisp.

Let cool a few minutes and slice. Top with chopped parsley. Serve with a light dusting of almond parmesan.

Serves 2 - 3 as a meal or 4 - 6 as an appetizer.

Notes: 

For ease, pre-made pizza or focaccia dough works great. If you prefer to make your own dough I recommend this recipe from Food 52. I suggest using spelt flour or a gluten free flour blend. I used a ready made rosemary foccacia dough for this recipe.

Feel free to replace the capers with sliced kalamata olives, or you may like to use both.

You may even like to add an olive spread before topping as pictured below. This was so delicious! In a blender/food processor, add 1/2 - 2/3 cups kalamata olives and a tablespoon or so olive oil, pulse until roughly blended. Spread mixture evenly over dough before topping. This will add a wonderful flavor to every bite!

Cannellini Bean & Fennel Flatbread

I also used a Himalayan Salt with Truffles from Trader Joe's which added another layer of flavor! In the store it was $5.99, in the link it sells for $10 (glad I found it in the store). Yes, it's a bit for salt but I'm a foodie and this is what I like to spend my money on. :) I believe it's a holiday product so keep your eye out if your a truffle fan and pick up a can. I have only used the salt here and on little hassleback red potatoes with herbs...so far so delicious!

Here's a quick tutorial on how to cut fennel from Better Home & Garden

Enjoy!


Inspiration for this recipe was drawn from Bon Appetit and Food 52

Loving this tune from Little Dragon-Cystalfilm 


5 comments :

  1. This looks amazing! I love fennel, but I never quite know what to do with it. Definitely have to try this recipe!

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    1. I am the same with fennel, I love it but never really know how to use it. Glad to have this one in the collection. I hope this works out well for you too!

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  2. looks so good. I love flat bread and fennel but never tried them together :)

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    1. I think you will find it to be delicious! Cheers :)

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  3. This looks delicious! I've been looking around for inspiration for another pizza idea, will have to try this soon!

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