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A few years ago, these grocery stores called Fresh & Easy started popping up everywhere in Phoenix! I love them because they offer fresh produce, cheeses, meats, as well as many ready-to-go meals. In addition, they sell delicious pizza and focaccia doughs so that you can make homemade pizza! Their rosemary focaccia dough is my absolute favorite. It can be paired with just about anything: used in a sandwich, grilled and dipped in olive oil, and even used as a pizza or flatbread (as in the recipe below)!

One of Fresh & Easy’s cheeses is my new obsession. I am always looking for new cheeses, and I am so pleased with this find- I really love goat cheese, and Fresh & Easy sells a delicious goat gouda that I got during my last visit. It is so flavorful, I can’t wait to go back and get more! In addition, I enjoy the arugula that Fresh & Easy sells. It has such a nice bite; I have tried arugula from other groceries in my area but none of them are as balanced as Fresh & Easy’s.

I decided to stop by Fresh & Easy and pick up these items, as well as some grape tomatoes, and make a nice flatbread for dinner. Fresh & Easy makes it so simple to put together a delicious and quick meal on week nights.

Fresh & Easy Flatbread

Fresh & Easy Flatbread

Serves: 2 as a meal, 4+ as an appetizer
Time: 35 minutes to prep & grill


1 Fresh & Easy Rosemary Focaccia dough
2 oz Cablanca Goat Gouda, finely grated, plus a few pretty shaved pieces
1/2 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
1 handfull of arugula
1 tbsp olive oil, divided in half
3 tbsp corn meal
Sea salt & fresh pepper
Flour (for rolling focaccia out)


Preheat your grill and place a pizza stone directly on the grates.

Roll out the focaccia dough using flour to prevent sticking. Place 3 tbsp corn meal on a pizza peel and spread it around evenly.

corn meal

Place the rolled out dough on top of the corn meal. Take a fork and pierce the dough all over the center, save for about 1/2 inch around the edges to make a crust. Drizzle 1/2 tbsp olive oil over the dough and spread around with your fingers. Sprinkle dough with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Top with the grated goat gouda.

dough with evoo

dough with evoo, sea salt, pepper

In a small CorningWare® dish, smear olive oil all around to prevent sticking. Place halved grape tomatoes face up and drizzle with remaining 1/4-1/2 tbsp olive oil. Sprinkle with fresh pepper.

We have a gas grill that has three vertical sections of coals. When we grill a pizza or flatbread, we turn on all three sections at first to preheat our pizza stone, then turn off the middle one to cook the pizza/flatbread so that it cooks evenly. So, if you have this option, turn off the middle section and then place your flatbread (using your pizza peel) onto the pizza stone.

grilling flatbread and tomatoes

While the flatbread is cooking, place the tomatoes in the CorningWare® dish directly on the grill and let cook while the pizza is cooking.

Cook flatbread until the dough is done and remove using your pizza peel. Remove the CorningWare® dish carefully with oven mits.

Top the grilled flatbread with the grill-roasted tomatoes, a handful of fresh arugula, and shaved goat gouda. Cut into squares. Enjoy!

yummy flatbread

Fresh & Easy Flatbread, yum

What is your favorite new foodie find?


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I feel that it is important to note that this was not a sponsored post, I just really love Fresh & Easy and was inspired by the ingredients found there.