Last weekend, we made some impromptu plans to have some friends over that we haven't seen in quite awhile. I always enjoy these type of get-togethers so much because they are casual, and not over-planned. Without fail, they always come together so easily, and it helps that our friends enjoy good food as much as we do. We really must do it more often!
Initially, we were going to bring in pizzas and keep it extremely simple by only making appetizers and dessert. Well, after My Husband had pizza at poker the night before that simple idea was traded in for a different dinner plan. To keep things simple, we decided that making Chicken Cacciatore as the main dish would still be a simple and delicious way to go. Next, I was thinking that the Olive Oil Pizza Dough I had in the fridge (from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day) would give me a chance to try making focaccia to go with our meal.
I've made the Olive Oil Pizza Dough a couple of times now. The first time, I used it to make the Pizza Bubble Ring, which has quickly become a favorite with My Boys. The dough is pretty easy to work with and lends itself to several variations. For our dinner, I wanted to try the Rosemary and Onion Foccacia.
The process is very straight forward. The onions are sliced very thinly, then sauteed in olive oil until just softened. Then, the onions and fresh rosemary are sprinkled over the dough, with a bit more olive oil drizzled over the top.
To say that this recipe was a success would be an understatement. It had just the right combination of flavors and it was so simple to make! If you don't already own, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking, you should consider getting a copy. You won't regret it... and having the master recipe to have fresh baked bread any day of the week will make it so completely worth it!!!
Looking for some other ideas for bread recipes? Check these out:
Mary Ellen's Cooking Creations shared a Grilled Ciabatta Bread Salad that makes me want to believe that warmer weather is right around the corner.
If you've got a sweet tooth, you'll take Stacey Snacks' advice and "Make these Sticky Buns"!
Head on over to Big Red Kitchen and you'll find a great explanation on the difference between calzones and strombolis. Maybe you'll be inspired to make one yourself!