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This Focaccia’s version is from Puglia, Italy’s beautiful stiletto! Cherry tomatoes, green olives, and oregano create the ultimate match, ideal for a light summer lunch. What better match than the local star grape variety Primitivo (also called Zinfandel in the United States) to accompany this bursting and vibrant piece of sunshine?

Green olives and cherry tomatoes focaccia

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I discovered this delicious focaccia during a trip to Puglia, one of the southernmost regions of Italy. You know, this amazing region located in the stiletto of the Italian boots?! Locally called Focaccia Pugliese, it is bursting with flavors, simple to make, and perfect for summer.

This focaccia is super moist and soft on the inside and crispy and golden on the outside.

Perfumed with loads of extra-virgin olive oil. Topped with ripe cherry tomatoes, aromatic and tender green olives, a pinch of dried oregano, and green pepper. What could be more decadent and summery than that?


Cherry tomatoes on an oval plate

Wine Pairing for Cherry Tomato and Green Olive Focaccia (Focaccia Pugliese)🍷


PRIMITIVO / ZINFANDEL

Primitivo is one of the leading grape varieties in Puglia. It is also widely planted in California where it is called Zinfandel.

Typically full-bodied, Primitivo/Zinfandel-based wines are packed with jammy berry fruits and plummy fruits. Soft textured and concentrated, good Primitivo wines have medium tannins and acidity and will compliment the fruitiness and tanginess of this delicious Focaccia Pugliese.

WINE APPELLATION SUGGESTIONS

  • Primitivo di Manduria DOC (Puglia, Italy)
  • Gioia del Colle DOC (Puglia, Italy)
  • Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley (California, USA)
  • Zinfandel from Napa Valley (California, USA)

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Green olives and cherry tomato focaccia on parchment paper with two burrata in a bowl

Cherry Tomato and Green Olive Focaccia

This Focaccia’s version is from Puglia, Italy’s beautiful stiletto! Cherry tomatoes, green olives, and oregano create the ultimate match, ideal for summer apéros pour light lunch. What better match than the local star grape variety Primitivo (also called Zinfandel in the United States) to accompany the bursting and vibrant piece of sunshine?
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Diet Vegan
Servings 4

EQUIPEMENT

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Stand Mixer
  • Sheet Pan

INGREDIENTS
 

For the focaccia dough

  • 1 cup (220 ml) lukewarm water
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons (7 g) instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) sugar
  • 2 ½ cups (300 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

For the topping

  • ¾ cup (150 g) cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup (50 g) green olives
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano to sprinkle on top
  • teaspoon green pepper to sprinkle on top

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Start by activating the yeast: add the instant yeast and the sugar into the lukewarm water and wait 3 minutes.
  • Prepare the dough by mixing the flour, salt, extra-virgin olive oil, and yeast mixture into a large mixing bowl (or in a KitchenAid bowl if you have one).
  • Knead for 5 minutes until the dough is more elastic and sticks to your fingers.
  • Place a damp cloth or a clinging film overtop of the mixing bowl and let the dough rest for 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
  • Once the dough has risen, remove the air from the dough by pressing down using your fist and hand. This action of removing air from the dough is called “dégazage” (literally removing gas) and helps the dough rise once in the oven.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Spread a generous amount of extra-virgin olive oil onto the tray. Place the dough on the tray and using your fingers, spread the dough in a 30 cm large circle. You can apply olive oil on your hands to prevent the dough from sticking while spreading it.
  • Let the dough rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Generously drizzle the risen dough with olive oil. Then using your fingertips in a claw shape, poke some half holes into the dough. The surface of your focaccia dough must be uneven with lots of small holes in which olive oil puddles can form.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, green olives on top of the focaccia dough by pressing gently.
  • Sprinkle some oregano and some green pepper on top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven in static mode at 430°F (220°C) or until golden. Enjoy!

NIM KEYS - USEFUL TIPS

  • Activating the yeast, whether dried or fresh is an important step for most bread recipes. The yeast will feed on the sugar and help the dough rise and develop nicely.  
  • The “dégazage” technique, which consists in removing air after the first rise of the dough is very important to make sure your Focaccia is risen and golden.
  • You can either enjoy this Focaccia Pugliese as an appetizer or serve it warm with a creamy Burrata cheese and arugula salad on the side for a light lunch!

NUTRITION

Calories: 360kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 11gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 724mgPotassium: 219mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 179IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 4mg
Keyword focaccia pugliese, green olives and cherry tomato focaccia, vegan focaccia
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A slice of green olives and cherry tomato focaccia on a late with the rest of the focaccia on a wooden board

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