Flatbread Pepperoni Pizza
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Flatbread Pepperoni Pizza

The homemade dough is what makes this pepperoni flatbread pizza so flavorful, bonus points- the scratch made dough also makes your kitchen smell absolutely Heavenly.

What are the Ingredients for Flatbread Pepperoni Pizza?

Begin with one batch of our Air Fryer Focaccia dough.  For the dough you will need:

  • Rapid rise yeast
  • Brown sugar, either light or dark will work
  • All purpose flour
  • Sun Dried tomatoes, you want to use the ones packed in oil, not the dried ones
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil

To top the flatbread you will need:

  • Pizza sauce, I used this one, but any sauce you love will work just fine
  • Finely shredded mozzarella cheese
  • White American cheese–this is the kind from the deli, not the kind sold in individual plastic wraps
  • Pepperonis-it turkey pepperonis or mini pepperonis are your preference, they will both work just fine with no other adjustments needed
Flatbread Pepperoni Pizza

How to make the air fryer Focaccia dough:

  1. Add the yeast, brown sugar and water to a large bowl.  Lightly mix to dissolve and set aside until the yeast becomes foamy.  5-10 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining dough ingredients and knead until a smooth dough forms.  Place in a large bowl and seal with a lid or plastic wrap.  Allow to rise until doubled in size.  30-45 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough in half and spread each ball out on a sheet of parchment paper in a large oval, approximately ¼” thick.  Cover lightly and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes before cooking.
  4. Use your fingers to make divots in the dough.  Drizzle with the olive oil.  
  5. Preheat the air fryer to 360. Cook for 5 minutes, remove from the air fryer to add the toppings.

Add the toppings & Air fry

  • Divide the sauce among the crusts and spread gently using the back of a spoon.  
  • Sprinkle two cups of the mozzarella cheese evenly among the crusts.
  • Tear the American cheese into small pieces and divide evenly among the crusts.
  • Add the pepperonis.
  • Finally, sprinkle the remaining mozzarella among the two crusts.
  • Re-heat the air fryer to 360 degrees.  Add the flatbread pizzas and air fry for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is fully melted and starting to brown on top.
Flatbread pepperoni pizza recipe

Can this Flatbread Pepperoni Pizza be made in advance?

Yes, however, the best flavor will be when the pizza is fresh from the fryer.  One way to make the dish in advance would be to make the focaccia to the point of fully rolling it out for the final rise.  It could the be kept, covered, for several hours before cooking, topping and finishing the pizza.

If you do have leftovers, store them as you would traditional pizza.  Leftovers will be best served no later than the day after making.

Can I switch the toppings?

Sure!  See our Veggie Ranch Pizza for a completely different take on this pizza that uses the same crust.  Want something a little closer to the original version, no worries, here are some ideas:

  • Cheese – I love the blend of deli white American and shredded mozzarella on this pizza, but really, you could easily mix it up.  Try using just the mozzarella, add some cheddar or pepper jack or a bit of parmesan
  • Meats- consider adding some sausage, using turkey pepperonis or mini pepperonis
  • Veggies- bell peppers, onions, olives, whatever your favorites

Love homemade pizzas, here are some other great ones to try:

This Air Fryer Flatbread Pizza has a homemade pimento cheese based crust and is topped with fresh tomatoes.

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Part bread, part pizza, Stromboli Pizza Bread is a meal in a loaf.  Serve on its own, with sauce to dip or make into an amazing grilled cheese.  Either way this easy homemade bread will be a hit.

Slices of Stromboli Pizza next to the loaf and a dish of sauce on a wooden table

Craving some nostalgia?  This School Pizza Copycat will take you straight back to the school cafeteria in the very best way possible.

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Short on time?  These Almost Instant Calzones are the perfect combination of simple sandwich meets the flavors of your favorite handheld pizza.

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Bring the restaurant home with this California Pizza Kitchen Club Pizza Copycat Recipe.

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Flatbread Pepperoni Pizza

Flatbread Pepperoni Pizza

Anne
Prep Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 flatbreads

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

1 batch AF Focaccia:

  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast 2 ¼ teaspoons
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 3 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • cup sundried tomatoes packed in oil
  • ¼ cup oil from sundried tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Approximately ½ Tablespoon oil to spread on top

For the topping:

  • 1 cup pizza sauce of choice
  • 2 ½ cups finely shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 6 slices deli white American cheese torn in small pieces
  • 10-20 pepperonis

Instructions
 

For the focaccia:

  • Add the yeast, brown sugar and water to a large bowl. Lightly mix to dissolve and set aside until the yeast becomes foamy. 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the remaining dough ingredients and knead until a smooth dough forms. Place in a large bowl and seal with a lid or plastic wrap. Allow to rise until doubled in size. 30-45 minutes.
  • Divide the dough in half and spread each ball out on a sheet of parchment paper in a large oval, approximately ¼” thick. Cover lightly and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes before cooking.
  • Use your fingers to make divots in the dough. Drizzle with the olive oil.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 360. Cook for 5 minutes, remove from the air fryer to add the toppings.

For the topping:

  • Spread the sauce evenly among the crusts. Top with 2 cups of the mozzarella and the torn American cheese. Add the pepperonis. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella. Air fry for an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese is fully melted and beginning to brown.

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