My most sincere apologies for being MIA for so long. But rather than offer up my perfectly legitimate - and actually, quite excellent - excuse, I thought you might appreciate a simple recipe instead. This one is truly beyond outstanding. Enjoy...
Caramelized Onion and Olive Focaccia
adapted from this recipe by Tyler Florence
2 teaspoons rapid-rising dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour (I used 3-1/2ish)
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1/4 cup olive oil
Cornmeal, for dusting
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
15-20 Kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
1 tablespoon coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook, proof the yeast by combining it with the warm water and sugar. Stir gently to dissolve. Let stand 3 minutes until foam appears.
Turn mixer on low and slowly add the flour to the bowl. Dissolve salt in 2 tablespoons of water and add it to the mixture. Pour in 1/4 cup olive oil.
When the dough starts to come together, increase the speed to medium. Stop the machine periodically to scrape the dough off the hook. Mix until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, adding flour as necessary.
Turn the dough out onto a work surface and fold over itself a few times. Form the dough into a round and place in an oiled bowl, turn to coat the entire ball with oil so it doesn't form a skin. Cover with plastic wrap or damp towel and let rise on the stovetop or other warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Coat a sheet pan with a little olive oil and corn meal. Once the dough is doubled and domed, turn it out onto the counter. Roll and stretch the dough out to an oblong shape about 1/2-inch thick. Try not to roll the ends out thinner than the middle or you'll end up with crispy ends and a semi-raw middle. If anything, err on the side of a thinner middle and a thicker border...
Lay the flattened dough on the pan and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a small saute pan with olive oil, add the onion, and cook over low heat for 15 minutes until the onions caramelize. Uncover the dough and dimple with your fingertips. For added aesthetics, poke around the dough with a fork to make those nice little holes.
Brush the surface with more olive oil and then add caramelized onions, garlic, olives,
Damn, it's good to be back =)