23 July 2010

roasted garlic focaccia

I love growing garlic. It's so easy (you actually have to stop watering them when summer starts!) and having fresh, homegrown garlic to use at your leisure feels wonderful.

Last week, I dug up my garlic. It's kind of a tricky thing, digging garlic. Since I stopped watering the garlic a month ago, the ground was as hard as a rock. And, OK, maybe I shouldn't have been trying to dig in hard ground with flip flops as my only foot protection. And I got the job done, but I did manage to nick several bulbs with the shovel. 

It's really not a problem. They're still usable. I just have to use them now and not store them for fall and winter use.

So, hmm. What to do with several heads of garlic? Can I freeze it? Questionable. Ooh, what if I roast it and freeze that? That would work. But don't we have a potluck to attend tomorrow? Maybe I could do something for that?
Yep, that was the winner. Roasted garlic focaccia bread. Ohhh yum.

I started with my bread machine pizza dough, but added chopped fresh basil and oregano from the garden to the mix. I roasted 5 small heads of garlic and mashed the cloves and a little olive oil with a fork. I stretched the dough to fit my 16x12" rimmed baking sheet (which was covered with a little oil and cornmeal...boy, the baked focaccia was just sliding around on that cornmeal! No sticking!), spread it with the roasted garlic, sprinkled with sea salt and black pepper, and baked at 425° for 15-20 minutes. It's a lot easier than it seems, I promise. And really delicious.

I sliced it up with my pizza cutter into tiny, two-bite pieces. Perfect for potluck tasting. 

It was a big hit! The entire plate was gone within half an hour, and I even had a stranger walk by me saying, "I'm going to go get some more of that garlic bread. It's really good!" That made me smile. :)


Genelle said...

Oh YUM! And it sounds so easy! I was hoping you'd post this recipe. I've never grown garlic but I think next year I'll give it a try!

Cathy said...

That looks yummy and I don't even like garlic!

Stacy of KSW said...

So let me just say ... first I was super impressed that you actually made your own focaccia. Then I was impressed that you roasted the garlic yourself (I've never tried roasting garlic) but when I read not only did you make the bread and roast the garlic but you also GREW the garlic ... well, let's just say you are now my new hero!

I tried my hand a garden this year - built my own raised beds and everything. I planted in April and have 3 of 56 plants that survived. I have no idea what they are and I don't think they will ever produce veggies. They are just now as big as the ones you buy at the store to start your garden with. It makes me laugh every time I see them. Still, I'm determined next year I'll have the best garden on the block.

house 09 said...

OMG! you grow garlic too? I want some.... this bread looks incredible, it just made me hungry ;)

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