Monday, March 14, 2011

Homemade Focaccia Pizza

I had the best intentions of getting a photo of this pizza before it disappeared.
By the time I pulled out my camera, there were only five slices left.

I was not thrilled with how the first photo I took turned out.  I am a better cook than a photographer.
By the time I was able to focus on the second shot, there were only three left (I was lucky to get a piece!).  This can be made with the sauce or without, and when I make it without I heat spaghetti sauce on the side for dipping. 

Homemade Focaccia Pizza 
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped (or 1 tablespoon minced dehydrated garlic)
1 teaspoon dried oregano or italian seasoning
1 pound frozen bread dough,thawed
Small jar of sauce for pizza or pasta
1/4 cups tablespoons Romano or Parmesan, grated
8 oz. shredded mozzarella

  • Place frozen dough in a large greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap.  Thaw overnight in the refrigerator (or for a couple hours at room temperature).
  • Combine the garlic and italian seasoning and set aside.
  • Oil a 12" pizza pan with a little olive oil.  Stretch and flatten the dough so it fits the pizza pan.  The dough will want to shrink away from the edges of the oiled pan, so just keep working at it until the dough stays put. Prick the dough with a fork all over, going all the way down to the pan.
  • Brush the top of the dough with the seasoned olive oil and let it rise for about 45 minutes. 
  • If you want to add sauce, brush on either spaghetti, pizza or alfredo sauce.  Top with cheeses and whatever toppings you like and bake at 425 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.