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Colorful Focaccia

Colorful Focaccia

Lisa Kamolnick
Using a basic artisan bread dough, create an edible masterpiece. A dimpled bread with a design as plain or fancy as you desire.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rest Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 pieces

Ingredients
  

Loaf

  • 1 large orange-sized piece of artisan bread dough
  • olive oil

Topping

  • 4-6 black olives
  • 1 small red sweet pepper sliced
  • 1 small gold sweet pepper sliced
  • orange bell pepper diced at different lengths
  • white or yellow onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ red onion
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 2 sprigs cilantro
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil

Instructions
 

Work Dough

  • Grab a piece of dough the size of a large orange.
  • Oil an 8×12 in. non-stick pan or stoneware. Stretch the dough into the pan. You may need to flour the dough some to work with it. You may also need to let it rest to get the fun stretch.
  • Drizzle with oil and let rest about 20 minutes.

Prep Toppings

  • Slice olives in half lengthwise
  • Slice small sweet peppers about ⅛ in. thick
  • Slice bell pepper about ¼ in. thick
  • Slice onion very thin
  • Rinse and dry two sprigs each parsley and cilantro.
  • Set aside.
  • Mix together salt pepper, oregano and basil and set aside.
    Colorful Focaccia

Design

  • Preheat oven to 450° F.
  • Press dough to create dimples. This is an important element of foccacia bread.
  • Lightly brush bread dough with oil and place ingredients. You can lay ingredients out roughly evenly spread across the bread or create an artistic design.
  • Lay onion as bottom layer or top. Lay in strands and/or roll into a rose.
  • To create floral designs, lay down parsley and cilantro, spreading leaves out onto oiled dough.
  • Lay olives onto leaf beds and surround with pepper-slice petals. You may cut slices to various sized to create flowers. Leave some “petals” off of the flower beds.
  • Sprinkle herb mixture over the top.
  • Carefully press topping into dough. In spaces between topping dimple the dough again. Be careful not to overwork the dough.

Bake

  • Bake 15-20 minutes until done.
  • Remove from pan and place bread on cooling rack. Bread may be eaten warm.

Notes

Serving Suggestions
Serve on its own as a light meal, serve with soup or salad or serve as an appetizer. This makes a beautiful addition to a charcuterie board.
Tips
  • Vary vegetable and herb toppings according to taste or what’s on hand. To keep it simple, onion and herbs work just fine.
  • Depending upon how you top the bread, you may have leftover topping.
Links
Artisan Bread Dough
Keyword artisan bread, artsy food, focaccia, low sodium option, non-vegetarian option