Garlic Tortilla Flatbread

November is upon us and that means bad food photo lighting for those of us who do our cooking in the evening and don’t have much in the way of lighting equipment (Exhibit 1, above). It’s also the month of Thanksgiving, and this past year I’ve tried to focus more on giving thanks as much as possible — it’s healthy, which in my book means it’s just like exercising and thus gives you free license to eat more. So in the spirit of the month of gratitude, and of mitigating the depressive impact of poorly lit food photos, let me give thanks:

…for my Sunday spent by ocean, and the Instagram app that enabled me to capture it:

…for mussels, which I can see only smothered in meuniere sauce:

…for starfish big

…and small

…and for hermit-crab gatherers who poke sea anemones in the tidepools.

I’m also really thankful for tortillas, because I can just buy them, and because we often make thin-crust pizzas using them as a base. I’m thankful for the tortillas that Trader Joe’s makes. They’re so good.

I’m thankful for our friend Simon, who was the best man at our wedding and who’s visiting from England, who had the idea to make garlic bread with tortillas.

I’m thankful that this recipe is so easy, but outrageously delicious. And low-fat, if you factor in all the thanksgiving I’ve been practicing.

Spread about 1/3 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the tortilla, pizza-style. Add two cloves of minced garlic and some dried herbs, like oregano or herbes de provence.

Then, because we’ve been so grateful, add a dollop of butter for good measure:

Bake on a heated pizza stone for 5-6 minutes, til the crust is crispy and brown and the cheese begins to bubble. Cut into slices, eat immediately, give thanks (in my case, to my husband who made these), and repeat!



  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp oregano or herbes de provence
  • 1 pat of butter
  • 1 tortilla
Heat oven with pizza stone in it to 450 degrees. Spread garlic and mozzarella evenly over tortilla, leaving a 1/2 inch crust on the outer rim. Sprinkle oregano or herbs on top, and add a dollop of butter.
Bake for 5-6 minutes until crust begins to brown and cheese has melted.
Makes 1 tortilla flatbread (if you’re like us, you’ll want six!).


  • November 1, 2012 - 7:05 AM | Permalink

    That sounds good, might try that for lunch today!!!

    • November 1, 2012 - 4:22 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by, Kelsey — it’s really easy so I hope you got a chance to try it!

  • November 4, 2012 - 8:55 PM | Permalink

    YES!! this sounds like the Perfect meal for my current unemployed status. Dang why didn’t I ever think of it? I do adore those TJ tortillas, also. I need to go get some. Immediately. Like, I am hungry right now. The garlic? Hecks yes. Looks like you had a great getaway to the coast? Love it.

    • November 4, 2012 - 9:01 PM | Permalink

      Congratulations on your new status, Sophie! Hope you enjoy your break. And yes, this is a great meal regardless of employment status — so delicious and quick. I actually live very close (like a few miles) from the coast, so I’m kind of spoiled that way…we like heading to the beach during the off-season when it’s not so crowded, and I was thrilled to see starfish on the last outing!

      • November 6, 2012 - 7:39 AM | Permalink

        So lucky! I only live about an hour from the coast, but…. its even colder and wetter there than here this time of year! My unemployment status didnt last long… I start my new job tomorrow. i am so grateful though! I didnt want to cancel Christmas due to being broke, you know? 😉 Still need some TJs tortillas so I can make these!!

        • November 6, 2012 - 8:22 AM | Permalink

          Wow, congratulations on your new gig!!! I knew you wouldn’t be on the market for long…are you the new food writer for Food & Wine? I’m so jealous! 🙂 Good luck on the new job, and yes, the one sure benefit of having a job is having an income. My income has recently justified the purchase of “work clothes” that look suspiciously like “cute dresses to wear when out with girlfriends”, but hey, I paid for it.

          • November 7, 2012 - 6:22 AM | Permalink

            Hahaha i love it! I’m glad you “justified” buying some cute new clothes! That’s wonderful. I found that we survived on our last income just fine, so as this is a step up…. well, i’m sure we won’t have any trouble finding ways to spend a little extra. It’s not Food and Wine — you are so sweet, haha! It’s just an office job for a cherry-manufacturing plant, quite a large company, but the people seem wonderful… and i’ve learned that that is one of the most important components of a good job. i feel fortunate.

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