Za’atar Flatbread with Caramelised Onions

Za’atar Flatbread with Caramelised Onions

Recipe from  Ed Kernan

Za’atar Flatbread with Caramelised Onions

One thing I love about this flatbread—aside from the obvious ultra-savory flavor—is its ability to slot into any menu or meal plan you’re making. Hearty enough to stand alone as lunch, versatile enough to pair with roasted chicken, seared scallops, or steak with chimichurri, it’s hard to find a setting in which this flatbread doesn’t make everything better. While this recipe calls for specific herbs and cheese, feel free to play around with it. It’s the perfect format for getting through the last of whatever herbs are handing out in your fridge, that almost-forgotten shallot in your fruit bowl, or the leftover cheese from book club. 

Prep time

1.5 hours

Cook time

5 minutes


2 to 4

What You'll Need


  • 237 mL warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 425 g all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon za'atar spice
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh mozzarella, torn into small chunks
  • Chives, chopped


Step 1

Mix warm water, yeast, and sugar together in a measuring cup or glass, and let sit. In a large bowl, add the flour, za’atar, and salt.

Step 2

After 5 minutes, the yeast should be activated and bubbly on top of the water. Add it to the flour and mix together. (If the mixture is dry, add a little water.)

Step 3

Knead dough for about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to the bowl and spread. Place the dough in the oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Leave the bowl in a warm spot in the kitchen and let rise for an hour.

Step 4

While the dough rises, prepare the onions. Place your Always Pan on low-medium heat with 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the onions and a good pinch of salt. Cook the onions for about an hour, stirring occasionally. (Note: Adjust heat as needed if they are cooking too quickly or too slowly. The goal is to cook them down to a dark golden brown without burning them.)

Step 5

When the dough and onions are ready, preheat the oven to 230°C on Bake.

Step 6

Grab a small fist-sized chunk of the dough. Roll it into a ball, then use a rolling pin to flatten it into an oval shape, about ⅛-inch thick. Lay directly on the wire rack, then top with an even layer of onions and sprinkle with cheese.

Step 7

Place the wire rack in the oven on the top rack position and add 10 mL (2 teaspoons) of water into the water inlet.

Step 8

Cook until the edges begin to brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 9

Remove from the oven, then season with salt and pepper, a sprinkle of chives, and serve.

Step 10

Repeat steps 6 through 9 until all dough is used.


You can make or add any toppings to this flatbread. Have some fun. Our favorite is topping the onions with some calabrian peppers and anchovies.

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