Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Leek and Fennel Flatbread with Arugula and Pecorino di Truffe

I was roaming the cheese aisle at Lunds over the weekend and came across Pecorino di Truffe. It immediately sent me back to the last time I had truffles. I had ordered a pizza with truffles and arugula at the Morges Tennis Club in Morges, Switzerland for my going away lunch. So using the pecorino on flatbread was a natural step at recreating some of the flavors of that lunch.

  • 2 Leeks
  • 1 Fennel bulb
  • 1 Bunch of arugula
  • Olive oil
  • Apx. 1/4 cup of white wine
  • 1 TB of white wine vinegar
  • Pecorino di truffe (or another hard Italian cheese)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1lb pizza dough

How to:
  1. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees F.
  2. Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Add sliced leeks and fennel. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until soft. Add the wine and sauté until the majority of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Roll out pizza dough on a bit of cornmeal. Drizzle the dough with olive oil. Add the leek and fennel mixture. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  4. While the flatbread is baking mix arugula with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. When the flatbread is out of the oven add arugula and slices of the pecorino.
Taste: It turned out really good! It make enough for 3 generous servings.

Notes: I have been on a bread baking kick since receiving Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for Christmas. For this recipe I used the boule dough. Be sure bake for only 10 minutes - any longer and I think the leeks and fennel would have become a bit charred.


  1. Tried this last night. Quite good. At 500F, I had to keep shuffling the veg around, as they were getting a little charred, setting off the smoke detector once (reminiscent of the Tomah cabin this past weekend).

    Good recipe!

  2. YUmmmmmm! I have fresh Arugula popping up in the garden. This will be a winner!