One of my favourite appetizers to get at restaurants are flatbreads – admittedly I almost always get bruschetta, but that’s mainly because the other ones contain meat or dairy. This week we’re making our own appetizers! This BBQ chick’n flatbread takes less than an hour to prepare and cook, and utilizes one of my favourite sources of plant-based protein: tofu.

Not only that, but this recipe also utilizes a flavour powerhouse: BBQ sauce. But beware!! Some BBQ sauces contain anchovies in it. My personal favourite BBQ sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s, which I was introduced to while having dinner at my best friend’s house. If you can get your hands on it (which you should because it’s at most grocery stores, but not No Frills sadly) I highly recommend giving it a try!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of pizza dough (I used this recipe and substituted half the flour with whole grain bread flour)
  • Your favourite BBQ sauce
  • 1 block of extra firm tofu
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ – ½ tsp paprika
  • Pepper
  • Red onion, sliced

Directions

  1. Prepare the pizza dough and let it rise for the specified amount of time, mine took half an hour which was the perfect amount of time to prepare everything else.
  2. Drain the tofu and pat dry with a paper towel. Then cut into ~1 cm thick cubes – the smaller the better but you don’t want it to be crumbly.
  3. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add the tofu and vegetable oil. I like adding them at the same time because if the oil is too hot, the water from the tofu will cause some major splashing and could cause burns.
  4. Fry the tofu for 5-7 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure all sides become browned. Add the salt, paprika, and pepper and turn the heat down to medium.
  5. Let the tofu continue to fry and brown while you slice the red onion. If you find the tofu is not browning but is instead getting very dry and the spices are burning, add some more oil.
  6. When the tofu is firm to the touch, golden brown, and chewy, remove from the heat.
  7. Preheat the oven to 450oF. While the oven is preheating, prepare your baking sheet for the pizza dough. The bigger the baking sheet the better! I lightly floured mine and that worked great to prevent sticking, but cornmeal would also work.
  8. Transfer the pizza dough directly onto the baking sheet and use your hands to spread it so that it is an even thickness across the entire baking sheet. When you have reached your desired thickness, use a fork to dock some holes into the dough to prevent bubbles when baking.
  9. Layer a generous amount of BBQ sauce onto the dough, using a spoon or pastry brush to spread it across the dough. Then add the tofu and red onion.
  10. Bake for 10-13 minutes, then broil for 3 minutes. Keep an eye on your flatbread though! All ovens are different and there’s nothing worse than burnt dough.
  11. Remove from the oven, slice, and enjoy!

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