Tuesday, February 15, 2011

~What's for Dinner? Onion Focaccia~

What's for Dinner?

Onion Foccacia

courtesy of marthastewart.com


  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds homemade or store-bought pizza dough
  • 2 large red onions, thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red-pepper flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat an 11-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons oil. Place dough on sheet, stretching to fit (if dough springs back, let rest 20 minutes and repeat). Drizzle edges with 1 tablespoon oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and golden brown in spots, 12 minutes. Add vinegar and cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, 1 minute.
  3. Remove plastic from dough. With your fingertips, poke dimples all over dough, then top with cheese, browned onions, and red-pepper flakes. Bake until golden brown around edges, about 30 minutes. Let cool on sheet 5 minutes. Cut into 20 pieces and serve warm or at room temperature.
Read more at Marthastewart.com: Onion Focaccia - Martha Stewart Recipes
Sunday, Ben and I gave the garden our all.  Rototilling, moving very large boulders and cleaning up left us yearning for spring, but not looking forward to expending any more energy (ie making dinner).  We decided to make the onion focaccia featured in the January/February 2011 Everyday Food magazine.  I crack open this magazine whenever I want to make something that is fast, easy and that tastes good. 

To make baking the onion focaccia even easier, I opted out of making the pizza dough. Talk about a time saver!  Instead, I purchased a ready-made pizza (organic and with soy cheese) in the frozen food section.  I still grilled the red onions, brushed the olive oil on the crust and sprinkled with Pecorino Romano.  By the way, Gabriel is 3 and is already aware of Pecorino.  Today, he pulled out the small loaf from the fridge and asked me to cut him a slice.  I couldn't believe it!  All this upping my food ante is turning even my children into "foodies".  That's much better than the alternative.  They seem to already understand that a good meal, like coloring or playing in the sandbox takes time to create.  To them, this is fast food.  And that's much better than the alternative. 

Photo Gallery

Two purple onions cut on the mandolin. 
Bragg apple cider vinegar is the best!  I just bought a new bottle.  Recently, I have started taking a tablespoon of honey, Braggs vinegar and coconut oil to improve my health. 
Here is the pre-made pizza that I used.  Those not familiar with soy cheese (particularly this brand) may not be too sure about consuming such a product.  I assure you that this pizza, once embellished, is delicious!
 Once the onions were grilled and the pizza was baked, we were ready to eat!  With a fresh salad this was a wonderful fast and easy dinner!

~Dinner Was Served~

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Morgan, thanks for the tip on Amy's Pizza! For those newly hitting this blog and for those not familiar with organic or bad chemical-free foods, they might in fact be skeptical. Thanks for reassuring all of us on that score.

Looks delish! Keep it up. You are on a roll with this fabulous blog.