Grape Blue Cheese Mini Focaccia Recipe

Grape Blue Cheese Mini Focaccia Recipe

Inspired by Italy

Grape Blue Cheese Mini Focaccia Recipe | https://saltandwind.com Full disclosure: if you're in search of a more traditional focaccia, this is not it!  In that case you'll want to check out our other recipes like our&...
Skill
Course
Cuisine
Ingredients
8
Hands-On Time
20 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
Yield
12 focacie
Servings
6 to 12
Diet
Season
Grape Blue Cheese Mini Focaccia Recipe | https://saltandwind.com
Skill
Intermediate
Course
Appetizer
Cuisine
Italian
Ingredients
8
Hands-On Time
20 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
Yield
12 focacie
Servings
6 to 12
Diet
Vegetarian
Grape Blue Cheese Mini Focaccia Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Full disclosure: if you're in search of a more traditional focaccia, this is not it! 

In that case you'll want to check out our other recipes like our Genoa-Style Focaccia, the cheese-stuffed Focaccia Di Recco, or the recipe that inspired this recipe: Schiacciata All'Uva.

Cocktail Party Sized Focaccia Bites

If you're looking for a small bite of focaccia with tons of flavor, well, then you're in the right place. As you know, I'm always game to entertain and love everything about a good cocktail party from the chic decor to the classic cocktails. But it's the small bites and appetizers that get me every time. So this is a delicious focaccia in bite-sized form. 

Our Twist On Traditional Focaccia

While traditional schiacciata all'uva is made by layering the traditional unsalted Tuscan focaccia with grapes and some sugar, this has a LOT more going on. This is my cocktail party equivalent schiacciata made in individual bite-sized pieces and topped with one layer of both caramelized onions, grapes, and and blue cheese so you can cheers and chow without a prob. 

To make it you can stock your pantry with all the key Italian ingredients and make the dough for our classic schiacciata. Or, if you are in search of a shortcut, feel free to use storebought pizza dough. In the spirit of ease, keep in mind that you can make almost everything -- the focaccia rounds and the grape-onion mixture -- up to 1 day in advance. That means all you have to do when you want to make them is assemble and bake!

Okay, head into the kitchen then share your creation with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh white or whole wheat pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

    plus more for brushing the dough

  • 1 medium red onion

    halved then thinly sliced into half moons

  • kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

    roughly chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups red grapes

    halved (can substitute Concord grapes or blueberries)

  • 2 ounces Gorgonzola dolce or other mild blue cheese

    crumbled

  • Maldon sea salt or other flaky sea salt, for garnish

Instructions

To Shape The Mini Focaccia: Using a lightly floured rolling pin or your hands, shape the dough into a 1-inch thick circle. If the dough won't hold it's shape, let it rest for 10 minutes before proceeding. Once the dough is rolled out, use a biscuit cutter or an overturned glass with a 2-inch diameter to cut the dough into 12 rounds. 

On a lightly floured surface, use your lightly floured hands to shape each into a 2 1/2 to 3-inch round. Brush off any excess flour then lightly brush each round with olive oil then cover with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place to rise, at least 20 minutes.

Tip

You can cut the focaccia rounds out up to 1 day ahead. Just store them covered in the refrigerator until you're ready to use them!

To Make The Sauteed Thyme Onions: Meanwhile, heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and grinding of fresh pepper.

Stir to coat onions then cook, stirring rarely, over medium-low heat until onions are golden brown and soft, about 20 minutes. Stir in thyme then continue to cook until onions are deep brown. Stir in grapes and coat with onion mixture then remove from heat. 

Tip

The onion mixture can be made up to 2 days ahead. Store refrigerated until ready to use. 

To Bake The Mini Focaccia: Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Arrange 12 dough rounds on an oiled rimmed baking sheet then press the dough all over with your fingertips to create dimples.

Top each round with a spoonful of the grape mixture then divide blue cheese among all 12 rounds. Bake until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 10 to 12 minutes and serve topped with sea salt.

Tip

The focaccia can be made up to 8 hours ahead of time. Warm in a low oven (about 250°F) before serving.

Footnotes

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