Jalapeño Cheddar Focaccia Recipe




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Introduction

Get ready to indulge in the irresistible flavors of Jalapeño Cheddar Focaccia, a savory bread topped with spicy jalapeños and cheesy goodness. This recipe brings a perfect balance of heat and cheese atop a fluffy, homemade focaccia bread, making it a delightful treat for your taste buds.

Why Make This Recipe

If you enjoy a bit of spice in your bread along with the richness of melted cheese, this Jalapeño Cheddar Focaccia recipe is a must-try. It’s a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or alongside your favorite soup or salad.

How to Make Jalapeño Cheddar Focaccia

Ingredients:

  • For the Focaccia:
    • 1½ cups (375 ml) lukewarm water
    • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) sugar
    • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) active dry yeast
    • 1½ teaspoon (7.5 ml) salt
    • 4 ½ cups (540 grams) all-purpose flour
    • Olive oil as needed
  • For the Jalapeño and Cheese Topping:
    • 1 cup (140 grams) pickled jalapeño peppers
    • 1/4 cup (45 grams) grated vegan cheese
    • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • Sea salt to taste
  • For the Tomato, Cucumber, and Herbs Topping:
    • 1 cup (160 grams) cherry tomatoes, halved
    • Fresh or dried Italian herbs (oregano, rosemary, basil, etc.)
    • Sea salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine water, sugar, yeast, salt, and most of the flour in a bowl. Knead until smooth, adding more flour as needed.
  2. Let the dough rise until doubled in volume, then roll it out on a baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C) and prepare the toppings.
  4. Dig into the dough, press toppings, drizzle with olive oil, and season with sea salt.
  5. Bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.

How to Serve Jalapeño Cheddar Focaccia

Serve the warm Jalapeño Cheddar Focaccia as a side to your favorite meals or enjoy it on its own as a delicious snack. Pair it with some herbed butter or a side of marinara sauce for enhanced flavors.

How to Store Jalapeño Cheddar Focaccia

Store any leftover focaccia in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. For longer storage, wrap it tightly and freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat in the oven for a crispy texture.

Tips to Make Jalapeño Cheddar Focaccia

  • Use a wet hand to prevent sticking when shaping the dough.
  • Customize the toppings with your favorite ingredients like olives, sun-dried tomatoes, or fresh herbs.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese for varied flavors.

Variation

For a spicier kick, add chopped fresh jalapeños on top of the cheese before baking. You can also mix dried chili flakes into the dough for added heat.

FAQs

  1. Can I use regular cheese instead of vegan cheese? Yes, feel free to use any type of cheese you prefer for this recipe.
  2. Can I make the dough ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the dough in advance and refrigerate it overnight before baking.
  3. Can I freeze the baked focaccia? Yes, you can freeze the baked focaccia in a sealed container for up to 1 month. Simply reheat in the oven before serving.

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