Quick Ladenia Milou (Olive Oil Flatbread from Milos)


These lovely little open-faced tomato and onion pies, called ladenia, are almost like pizza and make for what is arguably the best-known dish on the islands of Milos and Kimolos. They are typically made and sold by local bread bakers. Served with a fresh greens salad they make a great light lunch or buffet dish. I’ve taken a shortcut here, preparing the ladenia on ready pieces of flatbread instead of making my own bread from scratch.

Ingredients

  • 1 large rectangular flatbread such as lavash
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin Greek olive oil or more, as desired
  • 1 large red onion halved and cut into slices about ½-inch/1 ¼-cm thick.
  • 1 cup teardrop or cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 teaspoon Greek oregano
  • Greek sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Light the broiler
  2. Lightly oil a non-stick baking pan or cookie sheet, or line it with parchment. Place the flatbread in the pan. Drizzle with olive oil. 

  3. Spread the onions then the tomatoes over the surface. Sprinkle with oregano, sea salt and pepper. Drizzle a little more olive oil over the surface. 

  4. Broil for 5 to 7 minutes at about 6 inches / 15-cm from heat source until the bread is lightly browned and the onions and tomatoes slightly charred. 

  5. Remove, cool slightly and serve.

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