Friday, September 17, 2010

Easy Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia

Focaccia is a large, thin, semi flat Italian bread. It is dimpled, brushed with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with all sorts of things. It's great along with just about any dish or even sliced up for sandwich bread. This recipe is so simple anyone can make it, even if they don't have any bread making experience. A simple pizza dough from your local grocery store or pizza place takes the place of all the hard work. All you need to do is stretch the dough, let it rise and cover with your toppings.

What You Need:

1 ball of pizza dough
4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tbs minced fresh rosemary
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp coarse sea salt

What To Do:

Coat a 13x9 baking sheet with 2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil. Place the pizza dough onto the sheet, turning it over so that the olive oil coats it. Press it out as much as you can to get it fit the baking pan. Don't worry if you can't get to completely fit just yet. Cover the pan and dough with plastic wrap and let rise for 90 minutes.
After the rise, work the dough to fit the pan as best as possible. Brush with the remaining 2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with the rosemary, garlic and salt. Take your fingers and press dimples into the dough randomly. Preheat your oven to 500 for just 10 minutes before placing the bread into the oven on the middle rack. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until browned and cooked through.

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