This easy Grilled Flatbread Pizza recipe is as simple as grilling a pre-made flatbread and loading it with toppings. Perfect for busy weeknights! You’ll love how tasty this recipe for Bacon Blue Cheese Grilled Flatbread with Arugula is!
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Creating This Grilled Flatbread Recipe
One thing that I love about recipes like this Bacon Blue Cheese Grilled Flatbread with Arugula, is you don’t have to have a set recipe. It’s fun to think outside the box. Look at what you have in the fridge and how you can put that together into a new recipe.
So often when I am cooking dinner it becomes a process of what do I have and how can I put it together into something delicious rather than deliberately following a set recipe. Of course that doesn’t stop me from writing a recipe as I go so I can recreate that dinner if it is a hit and later share it with you!
I happened to have some flatbread in my freezer along with some bacon, leftover baby arugula, red onions, and blue cheese.
I love the flavors of blue cheese with balsamic and arugula and I just knew that including crumbled slices of Turkey Bacon would only add to the flavor. Rather than taking the time to make pizza dough and cook a pizza, I decided to serve it almost like a salad on top of some grilled flatbread.
While Bacon Blue Cheese Grilled Flatbread with Arugula isn’t something that I would serve the kids, though they’d eat the flatbread alone and Madeline would scarf down the bacon, it was a delicious light dinner for myself on an evening that I was only cooking for myself.
Sometimes mom needs to cook something that she wants to eat even if no one else likes it – and that is okay!
Ingredients for the Grilled Flatbread
This grilled flatbread pizza comes together with minimal ingredients and can easily be customized to suit your tastes. Here’s what I used to make the grilled flatbread pizza:
- Individual-sized flatbread
- Olive oil
- Baby arugula
- Red onion
- Bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- Blue cheese
- Balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper
For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.
How to Make a Grilled Flatbread
I kept the prep work for this recipe to a minimum, because I don’t have time to labor over elaborate dinner recipes. I bet you don’t either! Here’s how the grilled flatbread pizza is made:
- Make a balsamic glaze: In a small saucepan, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil. Cook over medium-low, stirring occasionally until reduced by half. Stir in the honey and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Prepare the flatbread: Heat olive oil over medium-low heat in a skillet. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden and tender.
- Lightly brush both sides of each flatbread with olive oil. Using a Panini grill, grill each side of the flatbread.
- After grilling, top with arugula, onions, and crumbled bacon.
- Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and then sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles.
The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.
How to Store Leftover Grilled Flatbread
This grilled flatbread recipe is best enjoyed right away as the flatbread can become soft over time. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. This is a tricky recipe to reheat since there’s fresh arugula on top, but you can enjoy the leftovers cold or reheat them in the microwave.
Can I Prep This Recipe in Advance?
You can partially prepare this recipe in advance by cooking and crumbling the bacon and caramelizing the onions and then proceeding with the rest of the recipe when you are ready to serve.
To cook and crumble the bacon for your grilled flatbread, check out this tutorial on How to Make Homemade Bacon Bits.
Do I Have to Use a Grill for This Recipe?
No! You don’t have to use an outdoor grill for this flatbread recipe. You can just as easily use a panini press or a grill pan that you use on the stove.
Tips for Making Grilled Flatbread
- I made the balsamic glaze from scratch, but you can also find pre-made glaze at most supermarkets. It’s typically next to the oils and vinegars. And, you can also purchase balsamic glaze on Amazon.
- I used Butterball’s turkey bacon, but any bacon may be used. Just make sure to cook and crumble the bacon ahead of time.
- If you don’t like arugula, you can substitute another leafy green. However, arugula adds a wonderful peppery flavor to the flatbread!
- If bacon isn’t your thing or you don’t have any on hand, another idea for this grilled flatbread would be to use Italian Sausage.
What to Serve with Grilled Flatbread
One of the things I love about the idea of this grilled flatbread recipe is that it has plenty of toppings on it! I don’t often serve a side unless I am extra hungry since there are already vegetables, some meat, and some cheese along with the bread.
If you’re looking for side suggestions to go with this recipe, I recommend a big green salad.
It doesn’t have to be fancy at all. We often use mixed greens, lettuce, cucumber, shredded carrot, and tomato for a basic side salad. Check out these 3 Simple Salad Dressing Recipes to go along with your salad.
If salad isn’t your thing, try this easy recipe for Roasted Broccoli for a vegetable side dish.
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This Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken is marinated in a sweet and savory honey mustard sauce with sprigs of fresh rosemary and lemon juice, then quickly cooked on a hot grill.
In this Creamy Orange Almond Chicken and Rice, golden brown chicken breasts are smothered in a creamy orange almond sauce.
This easy CrockPot Pulled Pork — featuring the flavors of chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cilantro and jalapeño — makes dinner simple on a busy day.
This super simple One-Pot Pasta features fresh spinach and sun dried tomatoes for a pop of flavor and color.
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- 4 individual sized flat bread
- Olive Oil
- 2 ounces baby arugula
- 1 red onion
- 10 slices Butterball Turkey Bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Balsamic Syrup
- 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- salt and pepper, to taste
For the Balsamic Syrup
- In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar to a boil. Cook over medium-low, stirring occasionally until reduced by half. Stir in the honey and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Set aside.
For the Flatbread:
- Cut the onion in half, and then cut each half from end to end into thin wedges. In a medium-sized skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden and tender.
- Meanwhile, lightly brush both sides of each flatbread with olive oil. Using a Panini grill, grill each side of the flatbread. After grilling, top with arugula, onions, and crumbled bacon. Drizzle with the Balsamic Syrup and then sprinkle with the blue cheese crumbles. Eat immediately.
Prepare in advance: you can partially prepare this recipe in advance by cooking and crumbling the bacon and caramelizing the onions and then proceeding with the rest of the recipe when you are ready to serve.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 1011mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 17g
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