Grilled Flatbread with Ricotta Cheese, Fresh Tomatoes, Oregano and Roasted Garlic Oil

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 5 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 4 hr
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 recipe Flatbread, recipe below

1 (8-ounce) container ricotta cheese, drained

Salt and freshly ground pepper

3 plum tomatoes, very thinly sliced

2 tablespoons chiffonade fresh basil

Roasted Garlic Oil:

1/2 cup olive oil

6 cloves roasted garlic

Flatbread:

1 1/2 cups warm water (105 to 110 degrees F)

1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive or canola oil, plus more for bowl

Directions

  1. Roasted Garlic Oil:
  2. Place oil and garlic in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain.
  3. Flatbread:
  4. Mix water and yeast in a large bowl and let stand 5 minutes to proof. Gradually pour in 2 cups of the flour and stir to incorporate. Mix for about 1 minute to form a sponge. Let stand, covered, for at least an hour.
  5. Put sponge in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the dough hook, add the salt and oil, then add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a dough. Remove from bowl and knead. Place in a clean oiled bowl and let rise, slowly, about 2 1/2 hours. Divide dough into 4 balls, if desired, let rise again for 1/2 hour, and then roll out as desired.
  6. Flatten flatbread dough, gently press into a large rectangle, brush liberally with olive oil, and throw on grill. Grill on both sides until golden brown. Spread 1 side with ricotta, sprinkle with salt and pepper, scatter tomatoes over, drizzle with Roasted Garlic Oil, and garnish with basil and more freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.
  7. Yield: 4 individual flatbreads or 1 large flatbread