Got company coming and need a quick and easy appetizer? This impressive no-bake flatbread with a hummus spread and pesto drizzle will make you a favoured host!
Have you ever been caught in a position where you have unexpected company show up at your door and you have nothing to serve them? It must be a horrible feeling! There’s nothing that gives me more pleasure than feeding the people I care about.
Now, that has never happened to me. Why, you ask? Well, it’s simple, Dear Reader; my friends and family just know better. I will do anything I possibly can to help someone out, and my friends know that I’m a loyal friend who can be depended on, but they also know that I will be brutally honest and that I don’t sugar coat anything.
They also know that showing up at our place without an invitation will most likely not serve them well. I have a self-diagnosed obsessive compulsive personality, and if I’m not fully prepared for your visit, I will be fretting and sweating the whole time. I like to do a thorough clean, even though our home is not dirty or untidy. I will need to put out a fresh hand towel, light some candles, and prepare finger foods, desserts, or an entire meal.
In addition to that, I have to mentally prepare myself to be in the company of people other than John.e, McKenna, and of course our two cats. I’m not a very outgoing person and have a slight case of social anxiety. So, in order for me to be comfortable, and in order for me to enjoy your visit, a whole series of processes must be set into motion.
I don’t love that I’m like this. Neither does John.e. For example, if he suggests that we go to a movie, he needs to ask me a day or two in advance so that I can think it through. If it’s a spur of the moment suggestion, I go into panic mode. I never show my panic to the world, but inside my head, I’m processing every excuse I can muster up to not go to the movie.
Strangely, I love company! Isn’t that weird? Anyway, in the case that you have unexpected company at your home, and you don’t crumble to the floor in a state of shock, might I suggest that you prepare this Hummus and Pesto Flatbread Appetizer? It’s so easy to prepare and doesn’t need any special kitchen gadgets or skill to assemble and serve.
We will often have hummus, jarred pesto, and sun dried tomatoes in our fridge. In fact, I don’t think we are ever without those three things! As for cheese, we always have either feta or goat cheese in the fridge and to be honest, either of those would work well on these flatbreads.
The flatbreads themselves, I purchased from the grocery store just to save myself some time and effort. But, if I have time, I’ll make my pizza dough, which is really good and works very well as a flatbread dough too. If you were to make your own, you will just need to bake it first and let it cool before assembling. You can find my go-to dough recipe here.
Now, there’s no steadfast rule that you need to use the same toppings that I did. You can add chopped tomatoes and diced cucumbers instead of the sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Keep the pine nuts on it though, because tomatoes and cucumbers pair so well with pine nuts.
When it comes to a Hummus and Pesto Flatbread Appetizer, you have full control. If you prefer, you can use a flavoured hummus too. I prefer the plain hummus so that that flavours of the toppings are more dominant. But, garlic hummus, pine nut hummus, or even roasted red pepper hummus would work too.
Simply slice the flatbreads into wedges and place them onto a large platter. Put out some napkins and let people help themselves. In my case, I tend to feel more comfortable if our company gets up and helps themselves to whatever they want to eat. I set everything up on a side table and let them have at it! It takes the stress out of serving everyone.
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Hummus and Pesto Flatbread Appetizer
- 2 large flatbreads, warmed
- 1 cup hummus, plain
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, drained and cut into thin strips
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1/2 cup pesto sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place flatbreads on baking sheet warm in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- In a saute pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and the crushed clove of garlic. Saute the garlic until fragrant and slightly golden in colour. Remove the garlic and discard.
- Turn off the heat and add the spinach to the garlic infused oil. Use tongs to toss the spinach until the spinach is wilted. Set aside.
- To assembly, liberally smear the hummus over the flatbreads. Sprinkle over the cooked spinach, followed by the sun dried tomatoes.
- Next, top the spinach and sun dried tomatoes with the pine nuts and the crumbled feta cheese. Using a spoon, drizzle over the pesto sauce and top with ground black pepper.
- Cut into wedges and serve immediately.
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