Sicilian Olive and Tomato Focaccia


Delicious and beautiful to look at too.

Focaccia is something that everyone enjoys and has their favorite kind. This recipe is delicious and not very difficult to make. Tomatoes, olives, fresh oregano, and good extra virgin olive oil are all it takes to make this delectable and eye-appealing focaccia.  You know what they say? We eat with our eyes first!

I used an assortment of cherry, grape, and vine-ripe tomatoes. Each has its own distinct flavor and helps to create a colorful and very appetizing topping for this focaccia. Additionally, I used a Sicilian olive called Castelvetrano. These olives have a vibrant green color and a nice mild meaty texture. They are considered to be one of Italy’s most popular olives. They hold up well during the cooking of the focaccia which helps enhance the stunning presentation even more.  I suggest using multi-colored cherry and grape tomatoes. Not only does each add an element of different flavor they also add vibrant mouthwatering colors. 

This type of flatbread is perfect as a snack, to take on a picnic, to enjoy with a glass of wine, to add to your breadbasket, or as a hors d’oeuvres for a dinner party. It also makes for a nice light lunch alongside your favorite salad.  Personally, this focaccia has become one of my favorites and maybe after you make it it will become one of your favorite focaccia breads too.  

Follow these simple steps

1) Wash the tomatoes, remove the stems from the larger ones, and cut the little tomatoes in half.

2) Count out the olives. Now crush the larger tomatoes with your hand over a strainer that is inserted in a bowl.

3) Proof the yeast as described above in the instructions. Then add it to the flour.

4) Knead the dough until it is smooth and pliable. Then form it into a ball.

5) Once the dough has risen for an hour and a half press it on the baking tray. Then decoratively top it with the tomatoes and olives.

6) Bake in a preheated 475°F oven for 20-25 minutes.


Cool, cut, and serve!

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