I found myself with a plethora of asparagus lately (a rather good problem to have), and after 3 straight nights of sauteed asparagus, I needed to switch it up a bit. I remember vividly a piece of home baked bread topped with asparagus and some other vegetables that looked amazing on Pinterest, and my heart was set on replicating it. While I couldn’t find the actual recipe, I decided to make a focaccia bread and top it with my asparagus and beautiful heirloom cherry tomatoes. And, as with all of my tasty recipes, I wanted to share it here!
The dough is exactly the same as I use for my pizza crust. It’s a tried and true recipe. Focaccia is basically a flat Italian bread made from yeast and olive oil that is flavored with herbs. You can top focaccia with any veggies or herbs that you have in your fridge that need to be used up.
Homemade Focaccia with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
- .25 oz of active dry yeast
- 1 tsp organic sugar cane
- 1 cup warm water
- 2.5 cups unbleached flour
- 2 tbsp olive oil (garlic infused olive oil is really yummy in this recipe)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup chopped veggies
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
In a small bowl, combine yeast, sugar and warm water. Let sit for 15 minutes. In a large bowl, add flour, olive oil, salt and yeast mixture, and stir until mixed well. Roll out onto a floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes.
Grab a pizza stone or a rectangular baking sheet, brush lightly with olive oil and turn dough out onto surface. Use your fingers to gently spread out the dough to fill the surface, until dough is about 1/2 – 1″ thick. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and allow to rise 60-90 minutes.
When the dough is almost done rising, preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove plastic wrap from dough, and top with desired veggies, herbs and/or cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are starting to brown, and dough is cooked through.
If you want to make a dipping sauce, here is a great recipe for homemade pasta sauce for dunking.
Have you ever made homemade focaccia? What are your favorite toppings to put on focaccia?
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