This post has been sponsored by Morton. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This roasted garlic and thyme focaccia with Morton® Coarse Himalayan Pink Salt is a delicious addition to a holiday menu and a wonderful homemade bread for making sandwiches.
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While focaccia is a bread that is made using yeast, it doesn’t need to be kneaded. It’s one of the easiest breads to make. The only thing that you need to know is that focaccia needs to rise twice – make sure you have enough time for that.
It’s best to mix the dough the night before so that it can rise while you sleep. Then the next day, fold the dough over a few times and let it rise again for at least 90 minutes. Focaccia bakes in just about 30 minutes once the second rise is complete.
The focaccia gets seasoned and finished with Morton® Coarse Himalayan Pink Salt. This Morton® Himalayan Pink Salt helps bring the dish to the next level by adding to the recipe both texturally and aesthetically, delivering a burst of flavor and bite of crunch to every meal. I love how it looks sprinkled on top of the focaccia with some fresh thyme. Make sure to keep an eye out for their new look in stores!
I love the idea of baking this focaccia to give as a hostess gift. Wrap it in parchment and add a bow or note.
Or, add focaccia to a cheese platter or charcuterie board. Fresh focaccia is just so much better than a cracker! Just slice it up into easy to eat squares.
My favorite way to serve this focaccia is to use it to make a sandwich. It’s great with turkey, cheddar, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. This is the sandwich to make with leftover turkey.
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Roasted Garlic and Thyme Focaccia Recipe:
- 1 head of Garlic
- 7 tablespoons Olive Oil
- a .25 ounce packet of Yeast
- 2 teaspoons Sugar
- 2 1/2 cups Lukewarm Water
- 5 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tablespoon Morton® Coarse Himalayan Pink Salt, plus more for garnish
- 3 teaspoons Fresh Thyme
- about 2 teaspoons Butter - to grease the pan
First, prepare the roasted garlic. Slice the root end off the garlic and remove any excess peel. Then place the garlic root end down on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over. Loosely wrap the head of garlic up in the foil. Roast in the oven at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes until soft.
Once the garlic is roasted, let it cool before removing the cloves from the peel. Then loosely chop.
To prepare the focaccia dough, first combine the yeast, sugar, and water in a mixing bowl. Whisk together and let sit for 5 minutes.
Next, add the flour, salt, garlic, and 2 teaspoons thyme. Mix with a rubber spatula until a shaggy dough forms.
Pour 4 tablespoons of olive oil into a large bowl (large enough to fit the dough once it doubles in size). Add the dough to this bowl and coat it in the olive oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to rise. Let it rise for at least 8 hours, or up to a full day.
Once the dough has risen, use the butter to grease an 18"x13" rimmed baking sheet (or two smaller baking sheets). Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into the pan.
Remove the dough from the fridge. Use two forks to fold the dough from the edge to the center of the bowl. Do this a total of 3 times, rotating the bowl each time.
Next, pour the dough out onto the center of the prepared baking sheet. Pour any excess olive oil over the dough. Leave uncovered in a warm dry spot for at least 90 minutes until the dough doubles in size.
Once the dough has risen, poke it to check it. You want the dough to slowly spring back. If the dough is ready, place an oven rack in the center of your oven and heat the oven to 450 degrees.
Use your fingers to press into the dough - all the way to the pan - to create dimples. Drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and garnish with Morton® Himalayan Pink Salt.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown. Garnish with 1 teaspoon thyme.