Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Potato Focaccia

One of my favorite things to bake is bread. I love kneading the dough, watching it rise, and the smell as it bakes in the oven. I also love to find new recipes for bread, just to keep things interesting, so I was very excited when I found this recipe for potato focaccia. However, as I read this recipe I realized it was only half finished! There was no instructions for cook time or temperature. So, I figured it out and it turned out great.

Not only is there a potato in the dough which results in a very moist and airy bread, the top has layers of thinly sliced potatoes and caramelized onions. This is a delicious bread that pairs perfectly with soups or salads. It's flavorful on its own, or as an accompaniment to any main course.

Adapted from Epicurious

1 Tbs active dry yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)
1 Tbs sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp table salt
3 1/2 - 4 cups bread flour or as needed
1/2 chopped yellow onion
1 yellow onion, sliced thin
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 medium sized russet potato
3 small sized red potatoes
5 cloves garlic, roasted
Kosher salt for sprinkling

Peel russet potato and boil until soft. Mash or push through a potato ricer (I pushed the potato through a fine meshed sieve with a spoon which worked great) and set aside. In large bowl, sprinkle the yeast and a pinch of sugar over 1/2 cup of the water and stir to dissolve. Let stand until foamy, about 5-10 minutes. Add the remaining water and sugar, 1/4 cup of the olive oil, table salt and 1 cup of the flour. Beat with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the potato and 1/2 cup of flour and beat for about 2 minutes. Stir in the diced onions. Continue to add flour 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft, shaggy dough forms. Remove the paddle attachment and replaced with the dough hook. Knead dough for about 5 minutes. The dough should be soft, moist and somewhat sticky. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for about an hour, until doubled in size.

Meanwhile, in a medium pan over medium low heat, add about 2 tbsp. olive oil until hot. Add sliced onion to pan as well as a hefty pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, on low until caramelized, about 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle onions with about 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, stir and set aside.

Spray a heavy cookie sheet with non stick spray. With oiled fingers, flatten and press the dough into a rectangular or oval shape approximately 1 inch thick. Cover loosely with a towel and let rise for another hour. With oiled fingers, flatten and press the dough a second time until about 1 inch thick. Make deep indentions 1 inch apart and drizzle with olive oil. Cover with towel and let rest 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Thinly slice red potatoes. Lay out potatoes on dough in 3 rows, and sprinkle on caramelized onions and roasted garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until light golden brown. If the onions and garlic are browing up too quickly, cover the pan very loosely with foil. Remove from oven, cut and serve hot.


Katie said...

Looks absolutely delicious!! I love this recipe - it'd go perfect with the irish food I'm making next week. :)

brannyboilsover said...

What an interesting recipe. Looks delicious. I love baking bread, too.

Janet said...

this looks delicious!! I love potatos and baking bread too. :)


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