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A delicious homemade flatbread dough topped with cheesy goodness! These Lebanese Cheese Manakish are the perfect make-ahead snack, appetizer, or even brunch!
What is Manakish?
Manakish. Manakeesh or Manaqish is a popular breakfast in Middle Eastern cuisine. Lebanese Manakish is made with homemade flatbread topped with a variety of choices. Some of these toppings include: cheese, zaatar , spinach or beef.
The Dough for Cheese Manakish Recipe:
The dough for this cheese manakeesh recipe is very easy to prepare. With just 6 ingredients, this manakish dough requires one bowl (no stand mixer, though you can use one if you’d like), about 5 minutes of kneading, and 2 hours to rise. If you don’t have the time to prepare homemade dough, you can use ready-made pizza dough or frozen rolls as an alternative.
The Cheese Topping for Manakish:
In Lebanon we use a mix of special cheese for manakish called “Akkawi cheese” and “Halloumi cheese”, but since it is hard to find in the US, I have been using a mix of Queso Blanco cheese (I find mine at Walmart) with shredded mozzarella cheese as a delicious alternative!
How to Make Cheese Manakish:
(Here is a step by step with pictures on how to assemble these Lebanese manakish- Scroll down to recipe card for exact measurements)
- Preheat oven to 400° F and lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Form the cheese manakish by flattening the small dough balls on the prepared greased baking sheet into small circles with your fingertips. They will be about 5-6 inches in diameter.
- Press on each one with your fingertips to sculpt little dips for the topping to sit in.
- Add about 2 tablespoons of cheese topping in the middle of each flattened circle, leave a 1 inch border around.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes or until the dough is slightly browned on bottom.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
How to Store Manakish:
While manakish with cheese are best enjoyed when served warm, but they keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat for a few seconds in the microwave, toaster or oven.
How to Serve Cheese Mankish:
Manakeesh are often served warm for breakfast with fresh chopped veggies, like cucumbers and tomatoes.