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Tuna and Vegetable Focaccia

The original Italian Focaccia is a flat bread that is classically flavoured with herbs such as rosemary & thyme, salt and olive oil. And although they are great we like to make ours with some more substancial toppings and use as a main course (a bit like a flat Pizza). This focaccia recipe is topped with a light tomato sauce, a mixture of peppers, olives & red onion and some chunks of tuna.

We make our base in a very similar way to our Pizza Base Recipe but the final product has a different texture due to the copious amounts of olive oil the focaccia is cooked in. This keeps it moist and crispy and full of flavour.

Try this dish as a main course for a couple or as a side instead of bread.

Tuna and Vegetable Focaccia Recipe
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A delicious flat bread recipe with tuna, red onions, peppers and olives
Recipe type: side, appetiser
Serves: 2-4
For the Dough
  • 1 pack instant yeast (approx 2 tsp)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 cups strong white flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
For the tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 whole garlic clove, crushed
  • 500g Fresh tomatoes, peeled, de seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp sun dried tomato purée (use normal purée if you cannot find this)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • Splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tin tuna, chunks
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • Olives, thinly sliced or halved
  • mixed peppers
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • handful of Thyme
  • ½ tsp rock/sea salt
  1. Star off by preparing the base/dough as this has to sit and rise for around 2 hours
To make the Dough
  1. We used a stand mixer but you can do this by hand.
  2. Start by mixing the warm water and the honey together.
  3. Add the flour to the bowl then add the water and honey mixture.
  4. Mix with a wooden spoon then switch on the mixer and allow to mix thoroughly for 5 minutes. Mix the focaccia flour, water and honey
  5. Switch off the machine and allow to rest for 15 minutes
  6. Mix the yeast, olive oil and salt together then add to the mixture.
  7. Switch the machine on again and allow to mix for 15-20 minutes. The dough should become very elastic. Add the yeast, salt and mix for 15 minutes or so
  8. Take out the dough and place in an oiled bowl. Cover with cling film and a tea towel and allow to rest in a warm place for 1-2 hours until it roughly doubles. Allow the focaccia dough recipe to rest and double
To make the tomato sauce
  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan (medium heat) then add the garlic. Fry for 30 seconds then add the tomatoes.
  2. Fry for a 2-3 minutes to allow the excess water to evaporate.
  3. Then add the tomato purée and salt and pepper, oregano, marsala and splash of Worcestershire sauce and sugar Prepare the focaccia recipe tomato sauce
  4. Allow to simmer gently until the sauce reduces, thickens and tastes great. Reduced focaccia pizza tomato sauce
  5. Set aside to cool
Prepare the focaccia
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees C
  2. Grease the bottom of a baking tray with olive oil
  3. Lift out the dough and place in the middle of the baking tray
  4. Using your fingers spread the dough to the edges of the tray
  5. Dab holes with your finger tips all over the top of the dough
  6. Give it a light pouring of olive oil (see picture) Spread the focaccia dough and add some olive oil
  7. Then add the tomato sauce all over
  8. Next add the toppings Add the focaccia recipe toppings
  9. Give it a final sprinkle of dried oregano, Thyme, rock salt and olive oil and bake for 25 minutes or until golden and cooked. Bake the focaccia
  10. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving

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  1. Been making focaccia a lot lately, but somehow never thought of making it pizza style. Great idea! And gorgeous pictures too:)

  2. So yummy that we had to share across Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest! Thank you for this delicious recipe :)

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