Do you eat naan bread? Are you familiar with it?
I had the experience of trying naan bread for the first time at a wedding for some friends. At the time I had never eaten Indian food and I do not think I ate it again for several years. I liked it. In fact I really enjoyed it, but I was a little intimidated to go to an Indian restaurant and order. I was happy going to a buffet style restaurant where I could pick and choose, but even that was slightly overwhelming. A couple years later I again had naan bread, but this time it was far more memorable. The naan bread was being prepared fresh outside in a oven type contraption. This is one of those food memories I will never forget. The naan bread was hot and delicious and the garlic naan was even better.
Not long after this experience we got a Trader Joe’s in the area. Other grocery stores may have sold naan bread, but I never noticed. I began purchasing naan bread as I liked to heat it slightly and dip in in hummus. One evening I was home alone and wanted something warm and comfort like to accompany a salad. Being that I love pizza, I decided to melt cheese on naan bread. Oh my goodness. Naan bread pizza as it is called in our home was born. This is now a routinely requested item for an easy dinner or a warm weekend lunch.
Several years went by before I ever saw a recipe posted in a magazine or on the internet for a similar type item. Obviously I kicked myself as to why I did not think to make my new found food known. Have people been making something like this for yard now or is it a new discovery that blends different traditional foods?
One evening, I noticed that our recipe must make list included a flatbread that used naan bread as a base. The recipe also incorporated several seasonal summer ingredients. I planned to try corn, squash, and green onion flatbread from the April 2014 Cooking Light. However on the evening I went to make the meal, I realized I had already used all but 1 green onion and all the corn had been grilled. As I browsed the contents of the refrigerator, I noticed a 1/2 bunch of chard that needed to be used. Though I still want to try the original recipe one day, the result from what I hand on hand was a perfect summer pizza.
Yellow Squash & Chard Naan Bread Pizza
1/2 bunch of chard, washed and chopped
1 yellow squash, washed and chopped
1/2 onion, sliced (I had 1 green sliced as in as well)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 cup Mozzerella cheese, sliced or shredded
1 piece of Naan bread per person
I used the frozen Trader Joe naan bread, so as my chard, onion, and yellow squash were sautéing in a skillet, I heated some olive oil and lightly heated the naan bread as well. Doing this helped to make a crispier base for the pizza.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a skillet over medium high heat, sauté chard, onions, and yellow squash until chard is lightly wilted and yellow squash is soft and starting to brown. Transfer naan bread to a pizza stone or baking sheet and cover with the green mixture. Top with mozzarella cheese and place in oven until cheese melts to desired doneness.
Though the flavors of this naan bread pizza are not Indian. I enjoy naan bread and it makes a great quick and easy pizza dough. Luckily I am no longer intimidated by Indian restaurants and am able to enjoy Indian style food at home and out.