One more use for those Slow Roasted Raspberry Balsamic Onions and Garlic (recipe here)….Focaccia! This simple bread makes any meal paired with it extra-special. I’m serving it tonight along side pasta and meatballs (recipe here). I did not add the cheese because I honestly don’t think it needs it – but feel free to add some grated Parmesan or Romano! Another topping idea is to add some fresh rosemary and/or your favorite olives. Yum!
Focaccia With Roasted Onions, Garlic and Cracked Pepper
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 – 2 1/2 cups white all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 – 3 tablespoons roasted onions and garlic (see here for recipe)
1/2 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper (more or less, depending on your taste)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes or until mixture is foamy. Add salt, 2 tablespoons olive oil, whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour. Add in enough remaining flour until dough is no longer sticky. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 7 – 10 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled – about 1 hour. Spread dough out onto an oiled baking sheet to 1/2 inch thick. Press your fingers on the top of the dough to make “dimples”. Spread onions and garlic over dough. Top with cracked pepper, salt and cheese if desired. Drizzle with additional olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, until golden brown.
The total cost for this recipe is $.21 (without cheese and roasted onions and garlic – I left out the cheese, and already had the onions and garlic). Very frugal! You cannot buy Focaccia for this price! It really does pay to make your own!
What are your favorite unique breads? Do you make them or do you buy them? I’d love to hear from you!