Recently, I spent a weekend in Koblenz; a beautiful town in Germany’s rich wine region on the river Moselle. And wherever there is a wine region there must be good food, too. One of my favourites is Flammkuchen (or tarte flambée), a crispy flat base traditionally topped with sour cream, onions and diced bacon. I love it with all toppings, but it is not exactly healthy if eaten too often… which is why I looked at several low carb recipes and came up with a ridicilously easy one:
1 cup Arugula
1 cup Cherry tomatoes
7 oz Quark / yogurt
3 oz cream cheese
2 oz Serrano / smoked ham
1/2 tsp crushed dried chilies
1 tsp herbs
Preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F top and bottom heat.
Whisk together quark, eggs, crushed chilies, herbs, salt and pepper.
Spread the dough as thinly as possible on a baking rack covered with baking parchment (I only spread it in the middle and then simply tip the baking rack to the sides to let the dough run and spread itself evenly).
Bake for 10 – 15 minutes on the bottom rack.
Wash tomatoes and arugula and chop or dice the tomatoes as thinly as serves you.
When done take out the Flammkuchen and top it with the cherry tomaotes and ham. Bake another 5 minutes on the middle rack.
Take out, put on the arugula and serve.
The recipe serves two but considering the good nutritional facts I sometimes eat one and a half. 🙈 One serving is about 370 kcal (34g protein, 22g fat, 9g carbs). As always this recipe is a base for your creativity, for example it can serve as pizza dough as well. If you use cheese as a topping try the top rack for the last few minutes of baking. It may take some time to get the knack of it: it took me three atttempts with different heat settings and placement in the oven to get a base that is crispy on the outside and supple in the middle, but now I am amazed.