Learning About Bakery Equipment

Four Flavorful Dip Ideas For Flatbread

The next time you visit your favorite neighborhood bakery, treat yourself to some fresh-baked flatbread. The herbs, cheeses, and toppings make the perfect bite-size chip when cut in small pieces, tossed with olive oil, and baked until crisp. These toasted pieces of crispy bread can be stored in an airtight bag or container in the fridge for a few days.

Need a few more flatbread dip ideas?

1. Curried Eggplant Dip

Roast well-seasoned eggplants in a hot oven until tender and then puree in a food processor until chunky. Add lots of Indian spices, like curry, cumin, and paprika, and stir to combine with a drizzle of olive oil for a spread that complements fresh baked flatbread nicely. The roasted and pureed eggplant and Naan-like bread is satisfying and perfect for cocktails or light fare.

2. Hummus with the Heat Turned-Up

Try making hummus with some heat; the heat comes from jalapenos, cayenne, and black pepper, as well as an acid kick from some pickled jalapeno juice. Toasted, crispy flatbreads are perfect for dipping in thick hummus. Make your own or pick some up at your favorite delicatessen or grocery.

3. Mexican Queso

Everyone loves a good queso dip, warm and bubbly, and serve a bowl cool sour cream on the side.  Toast your flatbread for hearty dippers that can hold-up to the heft of a rich and creamy queso; dust your chips with cayenne if you can stand the heat, or a bit of smoked paprika for milder flavored bread. Serve with refreshing margaritas or lemon-aid.

4. Sweet and Creamy Dessert Dip

Got a sweet tooth? Try a dessert preparation of plain flatbreads dusted with cinnamon sugar to dip in chocolate, honey, yogurt, and jam; these sweet chips are easy to make and versatile enough for a morning snack or nosh with cocktails. Just make sure you buy flatbread that is plain and unadulterated, except for a bit of good kosher salt.

Ask your baker about the various kinds of flatbread available and choose ones that you can add your own herbs and spices to. This will allow you to create both sweet and savory preparations for dips and snacks.

Try these four flavorful and easy dip ideas for your fresh-baked flatbreads. These also make excellent dips for pita and spreads for other types of breads and buns. Always buy fresh breads at your local bakery whenever possible for optimal taste and texture.