Caramelized Red Onion Foccacia (recipe by Dave Lieberman)

Ingredients:

– 3/4 cup steaming (not boiling) hot water

– 1 packet yeast

– 1/2 teaspoon sugar

– 1 and 3/4 cup flour

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 2 teaspoons olive oil

– 3 red onions, sliced thinly

– 1 tablespoon olive oil

– salt and pepper, to taste

– pinch of thyme

– olive oil, for brushing the dough

– (optional) goat cheese for topping the focaccia

 

Instructions:

1. Place 3/4 cup steaming hot water (not boiling) in a bowl, and sprinkle 1 packet yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar over the surface – Allow it to foam at least 5 minutes

2. In a separate bowl place 1 3/4 cup flour and 1 teaspoon salt and mix

3. When yeast has bubbled, add 2 teaspoons olive oil to the water and mix then add the mixture immediately to the bowl with the flour

Mix well until a dough forms…..knead until all flour is absorbed and dough isn’t sticky or dry but is inbetween (add more flour or water if you feel the need)

Divide dough into 8 balls and place on a floured tray, cover with a towel and let rise 1 hour

4. Slice 3 red onions thinly and Sautée in a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper until translucent…….then add a pinch of thyme and deglaze the pan with 3 tablespoons olive oil – remove and set aside

5. Flatten dough balls into rounds with your fingers and brush top surface with a bit of olive oil

6. Add desired amount of onions to each and top with chunks of goat cheese

7. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven about 15 minutes until Foccacia has puffed, the bottom is crisp and the center is soft

ENJOY

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