Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Flavor: Fake-caccia

Looks like I'm not the only one that has been swamped lately.  Poor Kate over at Gather Catering has been suffering from the "no time to spare" insanity as well!  Makes me feel a little less badly about my being a slacker blogger.  Misery loves company, I guess!  Or, in this case, business loves company!  :)

Anyway, this dish sounds right up my alley.  Quick, easy and delicious!  I love focaccia - so fluffy and dense at the same time - and anything that you can drench in olive oil sounds good to me.  Can't wait to give this one a try!  Happy Friday and thanks to Kate for her entry this week!

Life is crazy for me right now (hence, the lack of Friday Flavor last week!). I hired a new assistant at work and have been fervently training her for 10 hours a day in the hopes that I can actually bring her up-to-speed enough for me to get ahead. I'm going off that "a stitch in time" adage, hoping that by putting the time in now, it will save me time later! In addition to that, I also catered a big party this week and offered to bring an appetizer to my weekly "Girls' Night". Enter "Fake-caccia". I was driving home from work, wracking my brain as to what I could make to bring for an appetizer. Since expectations tend to run high when it comes to my contribution (I do actually get PAID to make peoples' mouth water), I couldn't get away with a container of pub cheese and pita chips. So, I stopped at the market, grab some pre-made pizza dough and got to it. With fingers crossed, I could only hope it turned out decent enough to bring to my friend's house.

What you need:
1 package of store bought pizza dough (usually hanging out in the refrigerated section of the bakery)
1/2 red onion, sliced
2 1/2 T olive oil, plus a little more
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Begin to sautee the onion in a small frying pan with about 1/2 tablespoon of oil. Once that gets going, pour a generous amount of olive oil (about 2 tablespoons) into a 13x9 inch cookie sheet. Remove pizza dough from bag. Slowly begin to stretch with your hands into the general shape of the cookie sheet (if your hands are sticking to the dough, oil them- do not use flour here!). Once you've reached the general size of the cookie sheet, place it in. Work the dough until it just reaches the edges and it is of uniform thickness. Then, form your hands so that they are like scary claws (picture the zombies in the Thriller video) and start poking at the dough, making little divets with your finger tips. Spread the sauteed onion on top of the diveted dough. Sprinkle garlic powder, salt and pepper on top. Drizzle with about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Bake for 15-18 minutes until dough is puffy and just lightly browned on the bottom. Cut into squares and serve with an oil dipping sauce, or thin slices of prosciutto or whatever you'd like!

Sorry for the absence last week! I hope you guys got out there and found some Friday Flavor of your own! Enjoy!

images via reya, musicpb


  1. That looks so yummy and sounds quite easy! My kinda cookin'. : )

  2. That sounds really yummy... I should make that for my BF. I'm sure he will be thrilled! :)