Focaccia with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Focaccia with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe... so much flavor all in one dish.
For 4 Person(s)
For the Dough:
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus extra for brushing the dough and the roll
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 3/4 cup lukewarm water
- 2 cups 00 or all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
For the Focaccia:
- 1/2 pound broccoli rabe sauteed
- 1/2 pound Italian sweet sausage
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons to drizzle on the focaccia
- To make the Dough:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment combine the oil, yeast and water. Let stand until the yeast is dissolved, about 5-8 minutes.
- In another mixing bowl whisk together the flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed slowly add in the flour. Mix until a smooth, supple dough forms, about 8-10 minutes.
- Transfer the dough to a bowl brushed with olive oil. Brush the ball of dough with more oil Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in volume. Punch down the dough.
- Make the Focaccia:
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- In a saute` pan, add two tablespoons of EV olive oil, remove the sausage from the casing and brake it into the hot pan.
- Cook the sausage for about 10 minutes until it browns. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool. Drain any excess oil
- Add 1/4 cup of the oil to a 12 inch round pan and spread it evenly, making sure you coat the bottom and sides of the pan.
- Spread the dough to the edges of the pan with your fingers, starting from the center and working your way out.
- Cover with plastic paper and let it rise for 60 minutes in a warm place of the house.
- Spread over the focaccia the broccoli rabe and the sausage.. Drizzle e tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over the entire focaccia. Sprinkle salt as desired.
- Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise for 15 more minutes.
- Bake for 20 minutes at the lowest level in the oven. Move to the ¾ level of the oven and bake for 6-7 more minutes or until you have the desired color on top of the focaccia but careful not to burn the broccoli rabe.
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Nonna's Tip: If your kitchen is a little cooler than normal, you can let the focaccia rise in the oven at 100 degrees.