Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Focaccia Pizza and A Smart & Final Giveaway!

Who loves Italian food? Who loves wine? Who loves free stuff? Me, me, me - and hopefully you, too! You see, Smart & Final contacted me to try out their La Romanella line of Mediterranean foods - so I created a yummy focaccia pizza recipe to share with you. You can check out my La Romanella experience (including a guest appearance from Miss Piper!) here.

But before we get to the recipe, I have to let you in on some goodies Smart & Final wants to send your way. From 10/5-10/18, when you buy a bottle of Redwood Creek Wine, they'll give you a free 16 oz. bag of La Romanella pasta. And... they're also giving away a trip to Sonoma wine country!!

To be eligible, you have to live in CA, NV or AZ and within 20 miles of a Smart & Final store. If that sounds like you - then hop on over to Smart & Final's Facebook page and "Like" them to enter the contest.

If you're not eligible to enter, all is not lost. Pour yourself a hearty glass of red wine and try out this recipe for focaccia pizza for a little taste of wine country & Italy all in one. The focaccia gives you a crispy rich outer crust and a light, soft inner crust. It's almost like a lightened up version of Chicago style pizza. Delicious!

Sausage & Roasted Red Pepper and Veggie Focaccia Pizzas
(Makes two 9" pizzas; serves 4-6)

For the focaccia:
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. dried rosemary, finely chopped
2 1/4 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1 1/3 c. water
4 Tbsp. La Romanella olive oil, divided
1 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp. La Romanella Parmesan cheese

Pizza toppings:
1 c. La Romanella Tomato & Basil pasta sauce, divided
1/2 c. La Romanella marinated artichoke hearts
2 La Romanella whole roasted red peppers, cut into strips, divided
1 link La Romanella mild Italian sausage, cooked & crumbled
2 Tbsp. chopped sundried tomatoes
1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

For the focaccia:
In a small saute pan, heat 1/2 tsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and rosemary. Saute 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant and lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix yeast, sugar and water. Let sit 10 minutes until frothy.
Add cooled garlic mixture, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 cups flour and 1 tsp. salt to yeast/water mixture. Stir until dough pulls together.
Flour a board with a little of the remaining flour. Dump dough onto board. Knead for 8-10 minutes until smooth, adding a little flour at a time as needed if dough gets sticky.
Coat a large bowl with 1 tsp. olive oil. Add kneaded dough and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise 30-40 minutes until doubled in size.
Meanwhile, use 1/2 - 1 tsp. olive oil to grease two 9" cake pans.
When dough has doubled in size, punch dough and break into 2 even pieces. Spread each half into a greased cake pan. Use your finger to make 1/4" dimples evenly over top of each piece of dough.
Let the dimpled dough rise 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Brush 1 Tbsp. of the remaining olive oil over the top of each bread.
Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan over the top of each.
Bake at 425°F for 20 minutes until top of bread is lightly browned.
Let cool 10-15 minutes before using for pizzas. (You can also make the focaccia a day or two ahead of time.)

To make the pizzas:
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Top each focaccia with 1/2 c. tomato & basil sauce.
Spread the artichoke hearts, 1/2 of the roasted red pepper strips and the chopped sundried tomatoes evenly over the top of one of the focaccia breads. Top with 3/4 c. mozzarella cheese.
Spread sausage and remaining red peppers over the top of the other focaccia bread. Top with remaining 3/4 c. mozzarella.
Place pizzas on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly browned. Let cool 2-3 minutes before cutting & serving.

This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #LaRomanella #collectivebias #CBias. All of the opinions expressed above are my own.


Amy @ Dealusional said...

I have never tried to make focaccia before, but you make it look so easy! I might have to give it a try :)

Stefani @ said...

This sounds super yummy! I created a La Romanella recipe too, but would have never thought of making pizza.

Sara @ Mom Endeavors said...

Oooo, that looks delish! Like Amy, I've never made focaccia before, but might just have to try it! :)

Karen said...

Another great #laromanella dish! This focaccia looks great. Bread-making is not my favorite task, but when these are the results, it makes me want to try!

Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) said...

This looks really good!! I've never made pizza on focaccia (or made focaccia). I make my own traditional pizza dough usually, but would definitely give this a try.

Tonya Staab said...

I absolutely love focaccia and this looks delicious.

Jules from A Little Bite of Life said...

I love sausage and red peppers together, and this sounds so easy to make!

Aarthi said...

Totally Yummy..I should definetly try this as soon as possible.thanks for the recipe dear..Following your blog straight away..If you have time Check out my blog too..

I am having a Giveaway..

focaccia pizza said...

I love to take participate in this amazing giveaway but i can't. The pizza is just fabulous in its simplicity!