Recipe By Chef John
Published Dec 11th
Prep 40m Cook 15m Additional 1h Ready In 1h 55m
Servings 2 flatbread Calories 186.4

This is a delicious and super fun-to-make Ligurian flatbread. It’s great served as is, but I like it with arugula that’s been tossed in a little olive oil.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 quarter-sheet baking pan
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornmeal
  • 12 tablespoons crescenza-stracchino cheese, divided
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt, divided

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place flour into work bowl of a large stand mixer; add both amounts of water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Mix dough using stand mixer fitted with dough hook on low speed until it forms a ball on the dough hook, 5 to 6 minutes. Dough should be soft and elastic but not sticky.
  2. 2 Turn dough out onto a work surface and form a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand on counter at room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. 3 Lightly grease the quarter-sheet baking pan with 1 teaspoon olive oil; sprinkle with cornmeal. Dust a work surface lightly with flour.
  4. 4 Move oven rack to center position. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
  5. 5 Unwrap dough and cut into quarters. Pat each quarter out on the floured work surface to a roughly rectangular shape. Roll 1 piece of dough out to about 3/8 inch thick, retaining rough rectangle shape, until dough is about 6x8 inches. Pick up dough with well-floured hands and gently stretch it, rotating as you go, until dough is almost large enough to fit over the prepared sheet pan. Pull and stretch dough so it overlaps the edge of the pan by about 1/2 inch and fasten dough edges to sheet pan edges; dough will be thin and membrane-like.
  6. 6 Drop about 6 tablespoons of crescenza-stracchino cheese onto the stretched dough, spreading the dollops out evenly. Roll out another piece of dough as before, stretching to fit over the first dough sheet and cheese. Stretch, pull, and seal dough as before so the cheese is enclosed between the 2 sheets of dough.
  7. 7 Roll a rolling pin over the edges of the dough to simultaneously seal the flatbread edges and cut the overlapping edges off. Roll the overlapping dough edges away from the pan so flatbread falls into the prepared pan. Press flatbread edges flat and roll slightly if desired to be sure the edges are fully sealed. Discard rolled-off dough edges.
  8. 8 Pinch a small bit of the top dough between your thumb and forefinger and gently tear a small hole in the dough; repeat 2 or 3 more times to make a few tears in the top layer.
  9. 9 Drizzle flatbread lightly with 2 teaspoons olive oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt.
  10. 10 Bake in the preheated oven until flatbread has many browned, blistered spots on top, bread has inflated, and the top is crusty, 6 to 7 minutes. Repeat steps to make a second flatbread using second half of dough as before. Drizzle 2nd flatbread with remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt. Bake second bread as before. Cut in breads into quarters and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 186.4
  • Carbohydrate 24.1 g
  • Cholesterol 7.5 mg
  • Fat 23.6 g
  • Fiber 0.9 g
  • Protein 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.2 g
  • Sodium 326.5 mg
  • Sugar 0.1 g

Chef's Notes

2 cups flour equals 9.5 ounces by weight.


  1. I little labor intensive but well worth it. This is great to have in the freezer for a quick snack.
  2. This is a lot of work for what you get out of it.
  3. This was a terrific recipe! I'm not very good working with dough, yet I found this to be a very forgiving dough (stretches easily & easy to work with). I used the cheese I had on hand (ricotta & fresh mozz) but will try again with something tastier. I used a cookie sheet & needed - Read more ...
  4. I live in NJ and the cheese is carried in Wegmans and Shop Rite. BelGioioso is one manufacturer. Good Mozzarella or Burrata can be substituted. It is excellent.
  5. Made this recipe today. Amazing! So good! I found the suggested cheese at Whole Foods (brand was BelGioioso) so if you have one in your area check it out. I also Googled crescenza-stracchino cheese and found a couple of substitutions if you can't find the suggested recipe cheese. The cheeses are Taleggio and Teleme. Flatbread - Read more ...
  6. I love Chef John and almost all of his recipes that I've tried so far. His voice is NOT annoying, and the half sheet pan I have works fine.
  7. Ths recipe had me at arugula as I love the cheese, crust & arugula combo. I am not a good dough person, so I followed the recipe as written to the T. The video was helpful. I do not have access to a mixer, so my dough was done by hand. Also, I am somewhere - Read more ...
  8. For those who complain about the quarter sheet pan, they aren't hard to find. They are 13 x 9. You probably have one and didn't know it. For those who complain about his sing-song voice, please use a different recipe site. I get enough rudeness and meanness on other web sites, and I'd rather not - Read more ...
  9. Fun easy and versatile. Out of necessity used fontina cheese. Turned out great. Will definitely make this frequently.
  10. It looks amazing. Can this be made with high gluten flour?

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