The flavors of this smoked bacon and corn flatbread work so well with the Nordic Ware stovetop smoker. It has a garlic herb cream cheese, parmesan cheese, corn and bacon. When you combine those flavors with a little applewood smoke…. MMMM!!! The truth is, these flavors stand up on their own, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t smoke it, but oh man… if you DO smoke it, it just takes it to another level!
Smoked Bacon and Corn Flatbread
This flatbread is good on it's own, but with a little help from a stovetop smoker, it goes from great to PHENOMENAL.
On top of the cooked flatbread, spread out the cream cheese and then sprinkle parmesan cheese on top;
Add the corn and bacon evenly on top.
In your stovetop smoker, add 1-2 tbsp of wood chips in the center of the bottom (I used applewood)
Set down the drip tray and the smoking tray.
Place flatbread on the smoking tray and cover with the lid.
Turn the stovetop burner to medium high and wait to see smoke come through the open vent.
Once you see smoke through the vent, shut it and set the timer for 5 minutes.
Remove lid and take out the flatbread.
Sprinkle the top with parsley, then slice and enjoy!
You’re going to love this flatbread, and it hardly takes any time at all. You can make it as easy or as complicated as you want. I went through the extra step of buying pizza dough, stretching it and baking it myself, but you could also just buy pre-made flatbread or naan, or pita. Whatever works for you! It will all be good as long as it’s an appropriate size and will fit in the smoker!
I used a garlic herb cream cheese that I bought from Riehl’s Deli in Reading Terminal Market. I’ve seen similar cream cheeses in other places. If you can’t obtain this, all you need to do is take softened cream cheese and mix in some chopped garlic and herbs (parsley and basil seems appropriate).
You can use fresh corn or you can just use frozen corn, like I did. You don’t even really need to defrost it. However, if you decide to throw it on while it’s frozen, they will probably be cooked, but not hot. I cooked my bacon in the microwave, but you can cook it however you like.
Since the dough is already cooked, it really doesn’t need much time in the smoker. You are basically just lightly infusing it with applewood flavor. Too much time in the smoker will create a crunchy or even tough and chewy dough that is not only unpleasant to chew. Also, if I’m being honest, it ends up just a little too smoky! I know, right? Did I just say that??
If you want to try other combinations of flavors for the flatbread, feel free to experiment. You know what else you could do? Just buy a frozen pizza! As long as it’s one of the smaller ones that will fit on the tray. Now, I haven’t actually tried this, but you will definitely need to smoke it for more time.
If you make this at home, let me know what you think! And if you share on social media be sure to tag me @thephillykitchen and use #thephillykitchen so I can see your creations!