I was on Hot Bread Kitchen’s website last week checking out their selection of breads and tortillas and came across a soft, buttery-looking flatbread called M’smen. It’s a Moroccan style bread that’s served with sweet or savory fillings or toppings. On Saturday I grabbed a hot decaf coffee from my corner store and walked to the farmers’ market to see if I could get my hands on some M’smen before it all sold out. I squeezed through the river of shoppers, dogs and strollers over to the Hot Bread Kitchen stand and saw a stack of M’smen waiting for me.
I bought four pieces; one to try right away, a couple to eat for breakfast, and one for a savory recipe that I could post here. As I walked home, I tried to decide what I could put on this buttery bread. I love the combination of zucchini and mint and the fresh, tzaziki-like taste of garlicky yogurt with a squeeze of lemon. I figured it couldn’t hurt to put them together on some warm buttery flatbread; it ended up being a nice pairing for a hot summer day. On Monday morning I warmed up my last piece of M’smen in the broiler and coated it in Vermont butter and Bonnie’s Raspberry Lime Ricky jam that I picked up at BKLYN Larder. It was a soft, sweet, dreamy breakfast. If you don’t have access to M’smen, you can use any other type of flatbread for this summer snack.
Makes 2 entrees or cut into fourths for 8 appetizers
1 six ounce container plain Greek yogurt (or fresh ricotta)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
2 pieces m’smen (pita or a similar bread will work too)
1 tablespoon thinly sliced mint (or parsley)
Freshly cracked black pepper
1. In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, lemon juice and garlic.
2. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil and sear the zucchini on both sides until it’s golden brown.
3. Transfer the zucchini to a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle it with salt.
4. Warm up the M’smen in a broiler or a dry pan. Spread the yogurt sauce on the M’smen and top it with the mint, lemon zest, pepper and maybe another sprinkle of salt to taste.
You might also like: Zucchini Tomato and Cannelini Bean Salad, Fig Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Baguette, Radish Watercress and Mascarpone Crostini, Yogurt Cucumber Chicken Salad, Frozen Yogurt Honey Buttons
Photos above by Alan Foreman