Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mealtime Magic: Cocktail Flatbreads

Amid the shopping, wrapping, and other hustle-bustle of the holiday season, finding the time to come up with great party food ideas can be a challenge. Whether you are entertaining at home or visiting family or friends, it makes sense to keep your hors d’oeuvres and appetizers simple, yet festive and colorful.

Kontos Foods, provider of flatbreads and other Mediterranean foods, suggests using Cocktail Flatbreads, two-inch mini pita disks, as the basis for a variety of creative party foods. The mini-flatbreads come with café-style grill marks. Use Cocktail Flatbreads to assemble delicious appetizers with sliced meats, chicken salad, seafood salad or sliced fish. You can also create mouth-watering hamburger sliders, pizza samplers, or serve with bruschetta or dips (see photo below).

Demetrios Haralambatos, executive chef at Kontos Foods, offers these simple recipes to get you started.

Step 1: Warm It Up

Warm the Cocktail Flatbreads for 5 minutes at 375⁰ F degrees.

Step 2: Top It Up

Smoked Salmon.  Layer small pieces of your favorite salmon on the Kontos Cocktail Flatbread. Top the salmon with sliced avocado, horseradish mayonnaise and/or picked ginger.

Grilled Beef or Pork Tenderloin.  Place sliced strips of grilled beef or roasted pork tenderloin on the Cocktail Flatbread. Drizzle with gravy, steak sauce or horseradish mayonnaise. For the beef, try topping with slivered Asiago cheese. Garnish with dill or scallions.

Chicken or Tuna Salad.  Dollop a teaspoonful of chicken or tuna on the Cocktail Flatbread. Garnish with sliced cherry tomato, scallion and fresh basil for a green-and-red Christmas-style treat.

Seafood Salad. Dollop a teaspoonful of seafood salad on the Cocktail Flatbread. Garnish with sprigs of fresh basil.

Hamburger Slider.  Grill a small hamburger, or cheeseburger, and place between two Cocktail Flatbreads. Garnish with ketchup, mustard or relish.

Pizza Samplers.  Spread a teaspoonful of pizza sauce on each Cocktail Flatbread. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella and bake in oven or toaster oven for 5-7 minutes at 375 degrees (no need to warm bread beforehand). Note: Add pepperoni, sausage pieces, mushrooms, etc. to take your mini pizzas to the next level!

Preparation tips:

  1. To save time, purchase your toppings, such as smoked salmon, ready-made chicken or tuna salad at your supermarket. Voila – ready in minutes.
  2. If you are unable to find 2-inch mini pita disks, you can make your own by buying regular-sized Kontos Flatbread and cutting out juice-glass sized circles using a glass or cookie-cutter.

“The important thing to remember when producing appetizers using Cocktail Flatbreads is to be creative and use your absolute favorite ingredients and toppings. There are no rules – just assemble and enjoy!” said Steve Kontos, vice president and owner of Kontos Foods.

The Kontos Cocktail Flatbreads, which contain no trans-fat and are 100% vegetarian, come in 20-piece retail packs. Kontos sells its products to retailers and foodservice establishments across North America and around the world. Find Kontos Foods on Twitter @KontosFoods, on Facebook at and on Pinterest at

About Kontos Foods
Founded in 1987, Kontos Foods, Inc. is a Paterson, New Jersey-based provider of traditional Mediterranean foods for restaurants, hotels, food service, retail specialty stores and supermarkets worldwide. The family-owned company specializes in hand-stretched flatbreads, including the Kontos Pocket-Less Pita®, Fillo dough, pastries, olives, gyro meats, and Greek yogurts, as well as nearly 50 varieties of multi-ethnic flatbreads. Kontos, which has over 225 employees and was founded by Evripides (Evris) Kontos with his son Steven, together bring over 100 years’ experience in the premium food industry. The company’s bread and Fillo products are made in the USA. Visit or call (973) 278-2800.

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