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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Sun Dried Tomato Focaccia

Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza dough.

               I received a sample from Secolari to facilitate this post

 The other day my church had a celebration that included a cookout with burgers. I helped with the preparation of the food and that included slicing onions and tomatoes. While I was slicing the tomatoes for the burgers, I placed the top slices of the tomatoes aside so I could take them home. The top slices had the stems in them so they were not going to be used for the burgers and I hated throwing them away as I knew that I could use them in my cooking. When the church event was over there was also leftovers of onion slices and tomato slices, so I took those home with me. One of the perks of helping in the church kitchen is being offered the leftovers.

I thought of sun-dried tomatoes
  On the drive home from church, I decided to make sun-dried tomatoes with all the leftover tomato slices. This is my go-to recipe when I have an abundance of tomatoes as it is a great way to preserve them. I have a wonderful recipe for making sun-dried tomatoes in the oven that is so simple. I love tomatoes that are roasted in the oven as they are so flavorful and sweet. My favorite way to use oven-roasted tomatoes is on focaccia. I love using rosemary on my focaccia as it gives it a great flavor but my family is not too fond of the wood-like texture that rosemary has and the fact that the pieces tend to get stuck in your teeth. So I decided to use a Fused Rosemary Flavored Olive Oil. My favorite olive oil is made from fresh-picked rosemary leaves and has the full flavor of rosemary without the woodsy pieces. That way I get the taste of rosemary on my focaccia without upsetting my family. When my youngest saw this bottle of olive oil, he asked me if we could use it to make my Lemon Frosted Rosemary Holiday Sugar Cookies. That boy loves cookies and already is thinking of Christmas cookies. I told my son that since this olive oil has a light smooth flavor, it might be great for cookies.

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Caramelized onions
 Since I had an abundance of onions, I decide to make a batch of caramelized onions. Caramelized onions are also great to use in my recipes like pizza and focaccia. When onions are caramelized they last longer in the fridge so I would have plenty of time to use them in many recipes. I knew that my Secolari Rosemary Oil would be useful for sauteing all the onions and would give a unique flavor to my caramelized onions. Secolari makes so many gourmet Artisan oils that I know will add some intense flavor to my cooking. To me, quality olive oil is like a fine bottle of wine. Good olive oil equals the best flavor. So I don't skimp on that bottle of olive oil. You will love that this recipe is vegan and plant-based. 

Focaccia is like a pizza
 Focaccia is so similar to a pizza and is the perfect canvas to so many pizza toppings. So I decided that my homemade focaccia bread needed some olives. My favorite olives are black olives and green ripe California olives. I always have a can or two of these delicious olives in my pantry for snacking or for recipes. I knew that that the jumbo ripe black olives would add some additional flavor to my chewy focaccia. So I sliced the black olives in half. You can slice the olives anyway you like for this recipe but I thought that halved olives would give this homemade bread a cool look. If you like pizza, you need to make my Wild Mushroom Pizza With Caramelized Onions.

Fused vs infused olive oil
An infused oil is when the flavor or extracts are added after the oil is pressed which causes the oil to breakdown faster. When olives and fresh-picked rosemary are fused, cold-pressed, together at the same time, the result is a better quality flavorful olive oil.

Kneading dough is so relaxing
 I love kneading dough and find it to be so relaxing. It takes away any stress if I have any, but I really just enjoy the way it feels in my hands. I love making homemade bread and pizza when the weather cools down as the oven heats up the house. The smell of fresh-baked bread is a pleasing aroma that I also love. Have you ever walked past a bakery when they are making bread? It is one of the best smells in the world. The smell of bread baking in the oven is so intoxicating! Fall is the perfect time to make my homemade pretzel bread or honey whole wheat bread for sandwiches. 

 Once the dough rises, press it to fit a 13×9 inch lightly oiled baking pan.  Dimple the dough all over with your fingers and drizzle with the fuse Rosemary Olive Oil. Add the topping and press them gently into the dough. I love the art of making bread. To bring out the taste of the garden-fresh ingredients, sprinkle the focaccia lightly with some sea salt.

Bake until golden brown then transfer to a rack to cool

Yield: 12

Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia

Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza dough.
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  • 1 Package Dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup Warm Water, 110°F – 115°F
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey
  • 2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil, I love using Rosemary Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, for cooking the caramelized onions
  • 1/2 Cup Sundried Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Black Olives,  pitted and sliced into half or quarters
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil divided in half for drizzling over the dough


How to cook Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water and honey. Sprinkle the yeast on top and allow it to stand for about 5-10 minutes or until foamy.
  2. When the yeast is ready, stir in the flour, 1/4 cup olive oil, and salt. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead until dough is smooth 5 to 10 minutes. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let rest in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour
  3. While the dough is rising, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the onion slices and cook until onion is golden brown, stirring frequently about 20 minutes.
  4. After the dough has doubled in size, remove dough from bowl and press it into a lightly oiled 9- by 13-inch baking sheet until it touches the edges. Using your finger, poke holes all over the dough. Drizzle the dough with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Let rest until the dough becomes puffy, about 20 minutes.
  5. Once the dough has rested, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly press the sundried tomato slices and olive slices into the dough. Sprinkle or press the caramelized onions into the dough. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over the toppings and bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Cut into pieces and serve.
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Brianne said...

Being a big fan of rosemary and caramelized onions, this would be perfect for dinner. I would love to make this some time!

Cristina Petrini said...

I want to compliment you on a focaccia that is a declaration of love just to see it! Yummy!

Lisa Joy Thompson said...

This looks AMAZING! I'd skip the olives, but that's just my personal weird preference! :)

Passion Piece said...

I've never tried to prepare fococcia on my own. This one looks super yummy and healthy. I love all of these ingredients, so I'll definitely give it a try. :)

Liz Mays said...

This is really sounding good right now.I can definitely see it being a family dinner for us. The tomatoes must be so good!

AiringMyLaundry said...

This looks SO good! I'm pretty sure I'd love it. I am a huge fan of onions and tomatoes.

Kita said...

This looks so good and perfect with a great bottle of wine. I might try it out for myself this weekend.

The Super Mom Life said...

These flavors together sound so yummy! I can't wait to try this.

Celebrate Woman said...

Tara, all ingredients are super yumishly delicious. I would love this for my lunch tomorrow, please and gracias

Ckrusch said...

Love the recipe! I can't wait to try it! We love focaccia at our house!

Jen Sky Walker said...

I've eaten focaccia, but I've never made it at home. I'd be the only one to eat it with onions, but my guys also enjoy olives! I bet the olive oil would be great to caramelize the onions to then go into french onion soup!

Rachel said...

This looks so fancy. I am sure my family will be impressed if I were to make this.

Toni | Boulder Locavore said...

This looks really tasty! Would love to give it a try!

Ruth I said...

This looks so good! It has a perfect combination of flavors!

Gust si Aroma said...

I never say No to a good focaccia. This one look so mouthwatering! I will try to make it!

Joanna said...

I do love a good fluffy focaccia. I used to eat a lot of them in Italy. I like the fresh flavour you chose for yours.

Life Insurance Pro said...

Wonder how you keep coming up with so many out of the box recipes! Kudos for this rosemary and caramelized onion sun dried tomato focaccia recipe.

Cynthia Nicoletti said...

I love this recipe I have to give it a try. Looks and sounds so delicious

Wren LaPorte said...

I have never tried anything like this before, but it looks amazing! Looks easy enough to make I think my kids would even try it!

Lyanna Soria said...

I like that is quite easy to follow your recipe and make. It looks quite delicious and this would be great to prepare for lunch.

Romy Schorr said...

This recipe looks delicious. You had me at carmelized onions and sun roasted tomatoes. I will definitely be adding this to one of our next meals.

Jasmine M said...

I've never tried Focaccia bread before, but I think I might be trying this recipe out. It looks really good and sounds delicious.

Alvern said...

Focaccia bread is so delicious and I would love to try making it at home. My daughter dislikes tomatoes so much that I am wondering if it is possible to make focaccia with red peppers instead.

Cindy Ingalls said...

I love focaccia bread. There is something about it's flavor that pairs so well with just about any topping.

fashionista wiki said...

Focaccia bread is so yummy and i would love to bake it. this recipe is seems so delicious, i must try this at home.

Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oh my goodness that looks SO GOOD. I would love to make that sometime. Thanks for sharing!

Jessi Joachim said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I am a sucker for caramelized onions and Will totally be making this very soon!

Echo said...

Wow, this looks ah-mazing! I'm not a big fan of pizza sauce, so this would be a hit with me!

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