What is Air Fryer Flatbread Pizza with Pimento Cheese?
This is one of my favorite air fryer dishes, and for good reason: it is incredibly easy to make, just fancy enough for company, keeps well and is quite versatile. It has an amazingly light, flakey crust that works very well on its own for some recipe remixes (see below) which also makes an amazing crust for this pizza. Using premade pimento cheese can make this recipe even easier.
What are the Ingredients for Air Fryer Flatbread Pizza?
For this easy dish, here is what you will need:
- Rapid Rise Yeast
- You do not want to substitute active dry yeast, as the rapid rise is part of what helps this be a quick and easy recipe
- Brown Sugar
- Use either light or dark, whatever you happen to have on hand
- Warm water
- All Purpose Flour
- Prepared Pimento Cheese
- I used Palmetto Brand with jalapenos, the jalapenos are totally optional. Select any brand you prefer or feel free to substitute homemade or pimento cheese from your favorite deli or restaurant. As the salt content can vary widely among recipes, this will affect if you need to add salt to the dough or not.
- I used olive oil. You could also substitute canola or any other neutral oil of your preference.
- Cherry Tomato Slices
- I really like these for the presentation it creates. Also, I prefer this look if I am serving this dish in smaller bite-sized pieces for parties, etc. That said, sliced roma tomatoes or any other fresh, ripe tomatoes, sliced thinly would work the same flavor wise.
How to Make Air Fryer Flatbread Pizza with Pimentos?
- Begin by combining the yeast, brown sugar and water. Mix lightly and set aside until foamy.
- Stir in the remaining dough ingredients and knead until smooth but being careful not to over-knead the dough as it can lead to a denser final result. Set aside to rest.
- Spread out the dough using your hands (the dough stretches very easily so a rolling pin is not needed in this case). Make sure the final bread will fit in your air fryer basket. Set aside to rest again.
- Add the toppings of your choice. Preheat the air fryer and air fry according to the times listed below.
- When done cooking, allow to sit aside for a few minutes before slicing.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
What are some other ways to use the Air Fryer Flatbread Pizza?
Here are a few ideas that you can consider:
- First, have it exactly as it is written, it turns out amazing with no need to remix at all; however, if you are like me, you will instantly be obsessed with the pimento cheese crust and want to find ALL THE WAYS to make it have an appearance on a menu.
- Cut in bite-sized pieces and serve as a party appetizer. These are quite popular at parties and, unless you reveal the secret of how easy this recipe is, you can leave people thinking you spent hours slaving away on this dish.
- Consider making the crust without the topping.
- Use the crust to make small sandwiches filled with tomatoes and mayo or cream cheese
- Make it a grilled cheese
- Cut into strips and use for dipping
- Serve open-face sandwiches atop the bread
What is pimento cheese?
Pimento cheese is a type of spread or dip that is popular in the Southern United States. It is made from grated cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and chopped pimento peppers. Other ingredients such as cream cheese, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce may also be added to the mix for additional flavor.
Pimento peppers are a type of sweet, mild pepper that is typically sold in jars, and they add a unique flavor and texture to the spread. The cheese and mayonnaise mixture gives the spread a creamy and smooth consistency, while the pimento peppers add a slightly sweet and tangy flavor.
Pimento cheese is often served as a dip or spread for crackers, celery sticks, and other vegetables. It can also be used as a sandwich filling or as a topping for burgers and hot dogs. Pimento cheese is a versatile and delicious spread that is a staple in many Southern households and has gained popularity across the country.
Can I use Jalapeno Pimento Cheese instead of standard?
Yes, you can use jalapeno pimento cheese for air fryer flatbread pizza with pimento cheese. Jalapeno pimento cheese is a variation of the classic pimento cheese, which includes diced jalapeno peppers for an added kick of heat and flavor.
Topping ideas for Air Fryer Flatbread Pizza with Pimento Cheese:
Air fryer flatbread with pimento cheese is a delicious and versatile dish that can be topped with a variety of ingredients. Here are some ideas for toppings:
- Roasted Red Peppers: Add some roasted red peppers for a sweet and tangy flavor that complements the pimento cheese.
- Sliced Avocado: Top the flatbread with sliced avocado for a creamy and buttery texture.
- Bacon: Crumble some crispy bacon over the flatbread for a savory and smoky flavor.
- Tomatoes: Add some sliced or diced tomatoes for a fresh and juicy element.
- Arugula: Top the flatbread with some arugula for a peppery bite and some extra greenery.
- Caramelized Onions: Add some caramelized onions for a sweet and savory flavor that pairs well with the pimento cheese.
- Fried Egg: Top the flatbread with a fried egg for a protein-packed breakfast or brunch option.
- Grilled Chicken: Add some grilled chicken for a protein boost and some extra flavor.
These are just a few ideas for topping your air fryer flatbread with pimento cheese. You can also get creative and experiment with other ingredients that you enjoy.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Flatbread Pizza?
Air fryer flatbread pizza with pimento cheese can be served as a main dish or as a party appetizer. Here are a few ideas for what to serve with it:
- Salad: A simple green salad with a vinaigrette dressing can help balance out the richness of the flatbread pizza and add some extra nutrients to the meal.
- Garlic bread: Toasted garlic bread can be a delicious side to serve alongside the pizza, especially if you want to soak up any leftover sauce. This Air Fryer Texas Toast is a great fit.
- Grilled vegetables: Grilled or roasted vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant can be a tasty and healthy side dish to serve alongside the pizza.
- Soup: A bowl of soup, such as tomato soup or minestrone, can make for a comforting and hearty side dish to pair with the pizza. Our Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Soup would be perfect!
- Fruits: Slices of fresh fruits, such as watermelon, cantaloupe, or strawberries can add a refreshing element to the meal and can help cleanse the palate.
These are just a few ideas for what to serve with air fryer flatbread pizza with pimento cheese. Feel free to get creative and experiment with other sides and snacks that you enjoy.
Air Fryer Flatbread Pizza
- FOR THE DOUGH:
- 1 ⅛ teaspoons rapid rise yeast half of a standard size packet
- ½ Tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ + ⅛ cups warm water
- 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup prepared pimento cheese
- ⅛ cup oil
- Optional salt
- For the Topping:
- 8 oz prepared pimento cheese use more or less to your liking
- 10-12 cherry tomatoes sliced
- Sprinkling of kosher salt
- Combine the yeast, brown sugar and water in a large bowl. Lightly stir to dissolve the yeast and allow to stand until foamy, 5-10 minutes.
- Add the flour, pimento cheese, and oil. Depending on how salty your pimento cheese is, you may or may not wish to add any salt.
- Knead well until the dough is smooth. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and set aside until nearly doubled in size, 30-45 minutes.
- Spread the dough out in a large rectangle on a sheet of parchment paper until it is around ¼” thick. Cover lightly with a towel and allow to rest for another 20-30 minutes.
- Top with the pimento spread, cherry tomatoes and salt.
- Preheat the air fryer to 360. Cook for 8-11 minutes until beginning to brown and fully cooked through.
- Set aside to cool for a few minutes before slicing.
I used Palmetto brand pimento cheese with jalapenos.
Once you have rolled out the dough, make sure to take a moment to check that it will fit your air fryer tray and adjust as needed to fit smoothly.