March 26, 2009

Grape and Rosemary Foccacia

This is going to be a real quick post today, because we are a house of sickies! Brad and me both have a bug, and even little Suki is sick. Taking care of sick dog when you yourself feel like your head is going to explode -- is this a prep course for kids, or what?! 

But on to the fun stuff - I've been saving this recipe for a while to show ya'll, and was hoping I would have a chance to make it again and take better pictures, but oh well, I think you will get the gist. I have made this so many times and it has always come out perfect. It is great as an appetizer or a snack, and our guests love it. It's so easy to throw together, I know you'll love it too. It's essentially just pizza dough dotted with grapes, rosemary, shallots and olive oil. And if you use store bought pizza dough, all the better and easier on you. I've used homemade and the stuff from the can, and it was awesome with both.

The grapes look like little jewels and get all juicy and delicious when they heat up. The rosemary also adds a nice woodsy flavor that is a great contrast to the sweet grapes. Also use good sea salt on this, as it is a really important flavor component. The focaccia is best served warm, but you can assemble it and slip it in the oven when you are ready.

I also want to give a huge THANK-YOU to Kendra of Homegrown Housewife for this award. So sweet!! Kendra has a great blog, and a really awesome recent post full of household tips. Please be sure to check her out! I want to pass this one along to the duo of Jessi and Michael over at Chef Fresco for their amazing blog. They have some really gorgeous food, and I think it's even better that they like to share the kitchen with each other!

I'm now off to the vet for the furry sick one, but hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and is hopefully getting some glorious spring weather!

Grape and Rosemary Focaccia
Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis (that's 2 in a row from Giada - I love that girl!)

1 pound pizza dough
2 tablespoons EVOO
coarse sea salt
1 garlic clove, minced
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup green grapes
1/2 cup red grapes
  • Preheat oven to 400℉.
  • Shape pizza dough into a rectangle, and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Brush the dough with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt, garlic, shallot and rosemary.
  • Arrange grapes and gently dress into dough.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Slice into squares, and serve warm.


Elra said...

This is so different, I never seen foccacia with grapes before. I also like Giada's recipe.

Lavanya said...

i never tried this..looks yummy n tempting me to try :)

Donna-FFW said...

Absolutely a beautiful choice of toppings, and the focaccia looks unbelievable. Feel better soon!!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

In my house my husband is crazy for Giada (aren't all men?) I would have never thought of the grapes on my own.
Stop by my kitchen when you get a chance. I have an award for you.

Helene said...

Hope you feel better soon. Great foccacia.

Maria said...

Get well soon! Interesting to include grapes, I will have to test it out!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Oh no, I hope you guys all feel better soon. We are having a fish fry tomorrow, I think I'll make this. I'll let you know how it turns out. Well wishes to all!

Melissa said...

Wow! It looks so pretty! I have never made anything, ever, with baked grapes so this sounds like fun! :)

Anonymous said...

Hope you and your family will be feeling better soon! The focaccia looks really good with those yummy grapes! Delicious!

Culinary Wannabe said...

Hi Elra - Grapes sounded a little odd to me at first, but they taste delish when warm!

Hi Lavanya - Thanks!

Hi Donna - Thank you! And thanks for making me laugh today!

Hi Sam - It must be her *ahem* melons. :) Thanks so much for the award!

Hi Helene - Thank you!

Hi Maria - I think you'll like 'em!

Hi Foodie - A fish fry, what fun! I hope your cat get some too. :)

Hi Melissa - They get really juicy and kinda look a little funny, but taste so good!

Hi 5 Star Foodie - Thanks so much!

noble pig said...

I just saw another recipe like this as grape foccacia...i love the idea and it's so easy to make!

Kerstin said...

I've never seen a focaccia with grapes on top - it looks delicious! I'm very addicted to grapes.

I hope you feel better soon!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Shoot. Blogger has been down. This is lovely! I love foacaccia bread, but never thought to use grapes-- hope you're on the mend. I'm still trying to get my energy back to cooking. Not quite there, yet.


Olivia said...

Grapes on bread??? I've never heard of such a thing! It looks absolutely amazing!

Chef Fresco said...

Aww thanks! That is so sweet! We are honored :) I hope you guys feel better! I'm impressed you were up to making such delicious looking foccacia!

Sara said...

I don't believe I've ever seen grape focaccia before, it looks amazing! I love making focaccia, I'll definitely try this next time.

foodbin said...

a very healthy option.

Pumpkin said...

Yum! Grapes are so tasty when they're roasted- I'll bet this is sooo good!
Hope everyone gets to feeling better soon!

Jamie said...

This looks great! I must try it! And I hope you all feel better! And a sick dog is just so sad!

Jamie said...

And personally, Giada is just way to skinny for my taste. I mean, shouldn't all women who love to cook and eat be shaped like Nigella? (tho heaven knows I am not!)

Debbie said...

That looks so pretty and tasty. Love the grapes and how they look!

Stacey Snacks said...

We made this with champagne grapes (the little tiny ones) and sprinkled sugar.
Get better, it's almost spring!

Michelle said...

SO cool looking! That's the way to impress folks with your home cooking. Nice!

~Carole said...

What an interesting set of ingredients for the focaccia. I love making it and will have to try these toppings next time.

Hope you feel better. :-)

Culinary Wannabe said...

Hi noble pig - It really is an easy and convenient appetizer.

Hi Kerstin - I always have grapes in our fridge. Way better than munching on chips!

Hi Debby - Feel better soon!

Hi Olivia - Weird sounding I know, but it really works! Maybe like pineapple on pizza.

Hi Chef Fresco - Wish I could say I made this while sick, but truth is that I've had this one stored away for awhile. :)

Hi Sara - I think you'll really like it!

Hi Foodbin - I guess with no cheese it really is!

Hi Pumpkin - Thanks so much!

Hi Jamie - I think Giada's metabolism has simply been blessed by God. Honestly, there can be no other explanation for how thin she is. Have you seen her mom on the show before - she looks amazing as well, so I really think it all is in the genes. I think Nigella looks incredible as well, and I would venture to say that most men would go for a woman who had more curves going on.

Hi Debbie - Thanks!

Hi Stace - That would be so cute! I bet people loved it!! Please just wake me when it's 80 out. :)

Hi Michelle - Thanks so much!

Hi Carole - It's a fun way to change things up. And thanks!

Deelish Dish said...

I have never seen anything like that but I have to say, I'm totally curious. And it looks so scrumptious!

Cate said...

Such a unique combination, but too unusual to pass up.

Diana H said...

I don't think I would have thought of grapes on pizza.What a great idea!

Sophie said...

OOOH Wow, what a great combination to use in your Foccacio!! I love it!! Thanks a lot!!! Yum yum!!

Kendra said...

I love anything to do with grapes! This looks amazing and bet scuppernongs would be wonderful with it too!

Junglefrog said...

I hope you feel better soon! This is a great idea for a foccacia! Never thought of using grapes in them. Looks lovely!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I made this for our fish fry and it was gone in just a few seconds. Thanks.

Dani Spies said...

I would have never thought of that combo... love it!! grapes and rosemary, huh?! I've got this one book marked.

Sandy said...

Definitiely original. I will definitely give it a try!

Emily said...

This foccacia looks crazy good! I'm sorry you were ill last week. Glad it's over now, dear.

kickpleat said...

That bread looks seriously amazing. Wow.

Coco said...

Ooh! This recipe is on my to-do list now:) I just stumbled upon your blog and it really has been a treat to look at...thanks for all the great ideas!

The Food Addicts said...

ooh, what a great idea for foccacia bread. we actually made foccacia bread with rosemary just a couple of months ago, but we're definitely gonna try it with grapes next time (we have a grapevine in the backyard!).

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