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SOMETHING TO CHEW ON


Stuffed Foccacia

I have been asked to share some recipes and/or food tips, so until I run out of ideas, I will try to share something foodwise with you on Mondays. Today, it’s what we ate yesterday during the Superbowl game, and the less said about the game, the better. It was a bitter pill to digest, but we win some and we lose some. This Stuffed Foccacia was much easier to make and to digest.

One thing you must remember is that Superbowl Sunday is inviolate. The game is important of course, but the food and drink take top spot in some families. The amount of chips, dips, and chicken wings consumed on that day could probably tilt a battleship, and the amount of beer and or wine bears no discussion. They threatened to run out of chicken wings two years ago. I didn’t hear any suggestions that it might happen again this year. I guess they are raising more chickens.

The second most important thing about the Superbowl game are the commercials on TV. Budweiser Beer wins hands down always with their Clydesdale horses and puppies every year. This year the puppy ran away and the horses found him and brought him home. Adorable. The third thing is the half time entertainment. I can’t speak for it usually because that’s when I’m out in the kitchen whipping up something to to munch on. This year it was Katy Perry, and I only got a glimpse of her flipping her skirts as she was shouting determinedly into her microphone while riding some sort of robotic animal.

Now for the good part: this is a Stuffed Foccacia, which is so easy your 12 year old could make it.

It’s my version of an Umbrian road food sometimes served at outdoor eateries in Italy. It’s the kind of thing you can pack up in a wicker basket with some good Italian olives and a great bottle of wine. Already that can’t be bad.

FOR THE FOCCACIA:
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups flour, plus more for working the dough
1 tsp kosher salt

Two cast iron frying pans, or at least really heavy ones that will take the heat. I use my grandma’s. If you didn’t save your grandma’s I’m sorry for you. The others will work.

Dissolve the yeast with 1/4 cup of warm water in a small bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes, until it starts to bubble. Put the flour and salt in the food processor and pulse a few times.
Combine the dissolved yeast with a cup of warm water and pour it all into the processor over the flour while its running. Process until it clumps up and leaves the side of the bowl, about 20 seconds. Process another 20 or a total of 40 seconds.
Turn out onto floured board and knead for a minute then put into oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about an hour until doubled.
Heat your oven to 450 preheated for 10 minutes. Deflate dough and divide in two. Flatten each piece of dough and press into cast iron skillet. Dimple all over top with fingers and bake for 15 minutes or until light brown on top.

When cool, split in half crosswise and fill with an assortment of your choice. I like to use roasted vegetables, deli turkey or ham, two or three cheeses, a few sauteed greens, and of course a generous drizzle of olive oil. Yesterday I spread a layer of artichoke pesto, then I used some roasted zucchini, and broccolini, and eggplant, havarti cheese, sliced turkey. Put the tops back on and press lightly together. Brush with good olive oil and wrap tightly in a layer of foil and place in a hot oven for about 10-15 minutes.

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5 comments on “SOMETHING TO CHEW ON

  1. Now, this looks wonderful. Tomorrow is supposed to be another gray, cold and wet day, so I believe I’ll give this a whirl.

    I have one larger and one smaller cast iron pan. After I divide the dough, I’ll no doubt need to divide it again. Would it do all right on a baking sheet? Or perhaps I should just wait and plop it into the cast iron pan once the first is done. Whatever happens, I’ll report back.

    And hooray for that Havarti. Anyone who uses Havarti is a friend of mine. 🙂

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  2. You will need to use a heavy pan for the 450 oven. The baking sheet wouldn’t work well. You could do 1 at a time it only takes about 15 min for each. Be sure to let me know how it turns out.

    I’m glad someone is getting gray cool weather. It will be about 72 tomorrow. Supposed to rain bigtime Thursday night but maybe only as far south as Napa. Sat out in the sun at Oakland estuary today sipping a latte. Like summer.

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  3. Your recipe sounds and looks delicious.

    Canadian ads were substituted for the American ones during the broadcast of the Super Bowl. Apparently, a lot of Canadians were upset about this. Now, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) promises there will be no such substitutions, starting in 2017. Go figure.

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    • That’s so interesting. I didn’t think the ads were nearly as good this year. Maybe the Canadian ones were better. As usual, the Budweiser ads showing the horses and a puppy were my favorite.Chasing Rabbit Holes sent a video of it a week or so before the game. We are Seahawks fans so obviously it was a disappointing game.

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