The food ended up being some of the best we had on the entire trip! We both especially loved the flatbread we ordered. I asked for the recipe and the hotel graciously gave it to me! I've made this several times and we both love it. Chicken Legs said my version was better than the original! I might have to agree.
I found a cajun butcher shop in Hoover, AL and bought some tasso ham and andouille sausage for the flatbread. YUM! For the crust I bought an ultra-thin pizza crust from World Market (here). The amount of toppings will vary based on how large your pizza crust is. Add as many or as little as you wish. This flatbread was SO delicious and a great reminder of our trip to New Orleans.
Ritz Carlton Cajun Flatbread
adapted from The Ritz Carlton
Roasted Garlic Béchamel
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- dash freshly grated nutmeg
- thin pizza crust
- tasso ham
- andouille sausage
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup shredded smoked gouda
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté garlic and shallots together until fragrant and translucent. Stir in the flour until smooth. Continue stirring as the flour cooks to a light, golden, sandy color, about 5-7 minutes.
Increase heat to medium-high and slowly whisk in milk until thickened by the roux. Bring to a gentle simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and continue simmering until the flour has softened and not longer feels gritty to the taste, 10 to 20 minutes, then season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Preheat oven to 400.
Spread some of the roasted garlic béchamel on top of pizza crust. Top with desired amounts of tasso ham, andouille sausage, mushrooms and cheese.
Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.
*I had leftover béchamel sauce.*