Remember those tasty, squared little focaccia samwiches from my focaccia bread post?
If you are entertaining at home this weekend, these mini samwiches (I love calling it a “samwich”) are something that you will want to serve. They are crunchy, creamy and delicious.
Serve them at your next party, or you can just stick them in your lunch box; they are great any way that you want to enjoy them.
You will need:
- 1 homemade focaccia bread, cut up into squares
- Red Peppers, 1 per sandwich (my bread recipe should yield 8 to 10 sandwiches)
- baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
- Herbed goat cheese spread
For the goat cheese you will need:
- 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 package (3 oz.) of goat cheese
For the Peppers:
- To roast the peppers, preheat the broiler and line a sheet pan with parchment paper, or grease it lightly.
- Cut peppers in half, lengthwise, and remove the seeds and stems.
- Place peppers cut side down on the sheet pan.
- Broil for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Place the peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Peel when cooled.
For the Herbed Goat Cheese Spread:
- In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients except for the goat cheese, mix well.
- Coat the goat cheese with the mixture, press the mixture into the cheese with a fork and combine well.
- Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. If you have the time, prepare this a day ahead; the longer it sits, the better it tastes.
Assembling the Sandwiches:
- Spread the herbed goat cheese on two squared slices of focaccia.
- Layer the portobello mushrooms on one slice, then follow up with the roasted pepper.
- Cover with a slice of focaccia, and serve.
I love a good bread.
And I especially love that bread when it has been made for me by someone else.
You want to know what I don’t love?
(I’m not going to mention any names)
When I get to a dinner party and discover that everything on that table was prepared by the hands of your local grocer; petite quiches, jalapeno poppers (at a dinner party?) and other finger foods from Sam’s… a cake from Sam’s bakery… and, the one thing that infuriates me the most… sliced bread… also bought at Sam’s.
Are you kidding me?
You just invited me to a dinner party that was catered by your local Sam’s. Why on Earth didn’t you just tell us to meet you at the cafe over at Sam’s instead?
Come on, at least make the bread!
Please allow me to show you how easy it is to make a really good bread that you can wow your guests with. It tastes oh so yummy good, it takes one hour flat to make it, and your guests will love it just because it sounds foreign. 🙂
Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread
You will need:
- 1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour (I use King Arthur)
- 1 cup AP flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 package (.25 oz.) instant dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 cup of water, divided
- olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- Preheat oven at 475.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, yeast, and garlic salt; stir well to combine.
- Stir in 1/4 cup of water, mix, then stir in the rest of the water slowly, until all of the flour is absorbed.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly for about 1 minute.
- Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.
- Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. I always put it on top of my warm stove and the rise is done within 20 minutes.
- Grab the dough and knead it again, briefly, on a lightly floured surface.
- Roll the dough into a rectangular shape, about 1/4 inch thick, and place it on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Dimple the bread with your index finger.
- Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, oregano and rosemary.
- Bake the bread for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on desired crispness.
- With a sharp knife, slice the focaccia into wedges and serve it with garlic sauce, or cut it into squares and make little bite-sized sandwiches.
(recipe soon… it’s a darn good samwich!)
That’s it! How hard was that?
Please, if you’re going to have friends over for dinner, bake something, anything! The bread is probably the easiest thing you can attempt to make.