Zahtar Focaccia with Fresh Vegetables

You can make so many different types of Focaccia . For example I really like the rosemary and thyme one, or with caramelized onions and dried tomatoes. I have never tried a zahtar one and my sister told me all about it. It was homemade pizza night and we decided to make focaccia as well. Focaccia dough is really simple its just a couple ingredients and then its covered in olive oil. I’m not a big fan of oily bread so i made them differently  and it tastes exactly the same. Its way more healthy too! Focaccia is a lot like bread so you have to let it rise. I make mine like pizza dough so it doesn’t have to rise and it has that crisp bite to it. Maybe I should call it something else other than focaccia because I am making too many changes to it (lol). Not many people like making focaccia because they spend a lot of time just for bread that looks oily so I figured I would give you a recipe where you can use it for pizza and focaccia and serve it for dinner. I wouldn’t give you this recipe if it wasn’t a success. I made it two times in this past week 😉

Yield: 4 Time: 30 minutes
Focaccia dough:

2 3/4 cups of flour

Tbsp of olive oil
Tbsp of yeast in 1 1/4 cup of lukewarm water
Tsp of salt
Some sugar ( about a tsp)
Olive oil and zahtar for brushing
Handful of Arugula
Diced Cucumbers (optional)
Diced Tomatoes ( optional)
Sliced Goat cheese  ( optional)
Cooked mushrooms  ( optional)
Cooked spinach  ( optional)
pesto for garnish
Drizzle of olive oil
Drizzle of balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Shaved parmesan cheese


Step one:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put some sugar in the lukewarm water and yeast then let it stand for 5 minutes. Mix the dry ingredients and then add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix the dough and then knead it.


Step two:
Divide the dough into four pieces. Roll it out until its thin (about 1/2 inch). Brush olive oil and zahtar on it. Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes until its crispy and lightly browned on bottom.


Step three:
When the focaccia is still hot, add the arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, goat cheese, spinach and Parmesan. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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This recipe is really easy. Just cut up your favorite vegetables and add it to the arugula on top of the focaccia. It is really good and filling, and also a bit healthy. You can always make this as bread for an appetizer. I made some focaccia and some pizza. One of the pizzas was really good and easy. I brushed some Crème fraîche ( heavy cream) and sprinkled fresh sliced mushroom, minced onions, some grated cheese, and salt (this type of pizza is very french). I really liked this dinner. Prepare the vegetables in advance and you can make dinner in less than 30 minutes. If I keep talking about this recipe I might just make it again tonight 😉
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