JOANNA'S FOOD: family cooking, from scratch, every day

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Nettle flatbread

It's very satisfying, eating weeds, especially nettles, which grow so readily here. This is a quick addition to lunch: I split my "usual" flatbread dough in two, made two rough circles, covered one with a cheesy nettle mix, covered and slashed it, then baked it in a hot oven. Delicious.

Nettle flatbread

for the dough:
300g strong white flour
1/2 tsp instant yeast
170ml water
pinch of salt
glug of oil

Put everything in the bread machine and use the dough setting.

for the nettle mixture:
A handful of nettle tops
A few leaves of mint
cheese - whatever you've got

Slice an onion and sweat in a little oil. When it is soft (or browned, if that's what you'd like), add the chopped washed greens. Continue cooking until they've collapsed and the nettles have lost their sting.

Make two circles of dough. Cover one with the nettle mix and add some chopped cheese. I used gruyere, but blue or creamy would work here too. Cover with the second circle, pinch it together, slash and bake for 15-20 minutes in a hot oven.


Other things to make with nettles

Nettle pesto

Nettle soup
Nettle tea
Nettle beer


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Ummm can I come for lunch or am I too late. That sounds lovely.

Joanna said...

Yes, do come Tanna, you're welcome any day .... and if nettles aren't in season, I'd make it with some other greens, or perhaps some spinach


silverpebble said...

What a fabulous recipe - there have been a few tasty nettle dishes around blogland and this looks like another winner. Many thanks, Emma x

Joanna said...

Thanks Emma - I just love eating the weeds that grow so effortlessly all over my garden ;)


Sam said...

This would be a great way to get revenge after being stung!

Sarah said...

Joanna, I think you're very imaginative! I LOVE this idea! Bravo!

Joanna said...

Thanks Sarah .... in fact, you've reminded me that I should make this again this week