Za'atar Flatbread with Caramelized Onions

Za'atar Flatbread with Caramelized Onions

Recipe by Ed Kernan




What You'll Need


  • 8 ounces warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 15 ounces all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon za'atar spice
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh mozzarella, torn into small chunks
  • Chives, chopped


Step 1

Mix warm water, yeast, and sugar together in a measuring cup or glass, and let sit. In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, and za’atar.

Step 2

After 5 minutes, the yeast should be activated and bubbly on top of the water. Add it to the flour and mix together. (If the mixture is dry, add a little water.)

Step 3

Knead dough for about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to the bowl and spread. Place the dough in the oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Leave the bowl in a warm spot in the kitchen and let rise for an hour.

Step 4

While the dough rises, prepare the onions. Place your Always Pan on low-medium heat with 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the onions and a good pinch of salt. Cook the onions for about an hour, stirring occasionally. (Note: Adjust heat as needed if they are cooking too quickly or too slowly. The goal is to cook them down to a dark golden brown without burning them.)

Step 5

When the dough and onions are ready, preheat the oven to 450°F on Bake.

Step 6

Grab a small fist-sized chunk of the dough. Roll it into a ball, then use a rolling pin to flatten it into an oval shape, about ⅛-inch thick. Lay directly on the wire rack, then top with an even layer of onions and sprinkle with cheese.

Step 7

Place the wire rack in the oven on the top rack position and add 10 mL (2 teaspoons) of water into the water inlet.

Step 8

Cook until the edges begin to brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 9

Remove from the oven, then season with salt and pepper, a sprinkle of chives, and serve.

Step 10

Repeat steps 6 through 9 until all dough is used.


You can make or add any toppings to this flatbread. Have some fun. Our favorite is topping the onions with some calabrian peppers and anchovies.

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