Roasted Squash Za’atar Flatbread

By Sarah Sweeney - recipe & food styling

Photos By Nina Teixeira

There really is nothing better than homemade breads. Try this harvest season twist on the traditional flatbread squash.

And as a bonus did you know Za’atar, included in this recipe, is healthy for you?


  • It assists digestion and prevents the chances of allergic reactions.
  • The mixture of Za’atar, honey and boiling herb treats whooping cough, stomach problems, and sore throats.
  • Helps refresh mood, stimulates brain and improve memory.
  • Acts as anti-inflammatory properties which help to cure psoriasis and eczema.

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(Serves 4-6)


  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt



  • 1 butternut squash
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme, chopped zest of one lemon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp za’atar
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped or torn
  • 2 lemon wedges salt and pepper


  1. Mix together the water, olive oil , honey and yeast in bowl.
  2. Let stand for 10 minutes until the yeast begins to foam.
  3. Add the flour and salt and mix with a wooden spoon.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place for 3 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  6. Remove the narrow part of the squash and peel with a vegetable peeler or paring knife.
  7. Slice into 1/4” rounds, toss in a bowl with 1 tsp olive, season with salt and pepper; spread out on a parchment lined bake sheet and bake 20 mins.
  8. In a small bowl mix together ricotta, mozzarella, garlic, thyme and lemon zest.
  9. Brush a bake sheet with 2 tsp olive oil, divide the dough into 2 balls.
  10. Using your fingers press the dough into an oblong shape, roughly 4 x 9 inches.
  11. Repeat with the second ball of dough.
  12. Spread za’atar over the dough and dot on half the cheese mixture.
  13. Layer the squash rounds and top with remaining cheese.
  14. Bake for 25 mins.
  15. Top flatbread with cilantro sprigs and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

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