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alhrayth
« on: August 27, 2010 07:17:59 AM »

It looks good like this...

but even better after baking!


Even if I am Italian, I believe I escape some stereotypes and I actually eat pizza & pasta very rarely... and when I do, I prefer to make it myself instead of going to eat out (or ordering in)... well, that applies to most things with me, if I can make it, why pay someone to do it for me? Plus, I can make it exactly how I like it...

This focaccia is an example > I am not awfully fond of tomato sauces/bases, so I tend to prefer white pizzas & focaccia to the more widespread tomato based ones.

The base of the focaccia is a frozen one, so the "recipe" refers only to the "seasoning" ... which makes preparation very fast! While the oven heats up, I slice a couple of zucchinis in long stripes with a potato peeler, and then place those on the focaccia base (which I've seasoned with a thins drizzle of olive oil, salt and garlic powder) in a criss-crossed pattern. On top of this layer of zucchini I sprinkle some parmesan and some little tiny bits of bacon... and then proceed with a second layer of raw zucchini.
Then comes a layer of sliced fresh mozzarella (not those fake mozzarella processed stuff that gives out a lot less water, but taste a LOT different!), a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and it's ready to go in a very hot oven, until it's all melted, golden and bubbly... it's very simple but really yummy!

I hope someone tries it, I'd love some feedback!

More pics and an awful google-translation on my Italian blog:
http://lacucinadelgattobianco.blogspot.com/2010/08/zucchine-pancetta-e-formaggio-per-una.html
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010 07:27:18 AM »

I have 2 zuchinni's in my freezer.  and I'm going shopping tommorow and need mozza... I may just force my family to eat this for supper tommorow.... I'll probably make my focaccia though... Do you suppose I can layer the toppings on before I bake the focacia?  Or would it just end up weird?
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2010 07:38:45 AM »

hmmmm let me think... I suppose it depends if you're making a thin or a thick crust... Because for a thin base, like in this photo I googled http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_w44aDfYZRss/SWxzfn-qdtI/AAAAAAAAB0g/jRgohlTZgO0/s400/b.jpg, I would put the toppings on the raw base and put it all together in the oven. But for a thicker base like the one I was using, I would give a bit of baking time to the base alone and then add the toppings, for fear of the center not being fully cooked. My base was pre-baked, so I added the topping and put it in the oven, but the only things that needed cooking actually were the zucchini & cheese, so that was enough. I hope my answer makes sense!
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2010 07:48:59 AM »

I just bit my computer screen!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2010 08:42:47 AM »

That looks soooooooo yummy!  I may have to stop by Fresh Market and get some focaccia.  I love pizza, any and all varieties.  But I rarely experiement with making my own.  That makes me want to try it!  It seems so easy!  And looks so yummy!
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2010 12:29:10 PM »

This looks delish! I just featured this post on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2010 12:43:41 PM »

This looks delish! I just featured this post on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing!  Smiley

 Shocked woooooow thank you!!! I'm honoured! Smiley Wink this totally made my day!  (and of course I'll be sharing the link because I'm waaaaaay to excited about it!)
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2010 01:42:22 PM »

well I know what I'm making for the pot luck next weekend. This looks delicious!
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2010 02:20:59 PM »

hmmmm let me think... I suppose it depends if you're making a thin or a thick crust... Because for a thin base, like in this photo I googled http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_w44aDfYZRss/SWxzfn-qdtI/AAAAAAAAB0g/jRgohlTZgO0/s400/b.jpg, I would put the toppings on the raw base and put it all together in the oven. But for a thicker base like the one I was using, I would give a bit of baking time to the base alone and then add the toppings, for fear of the center not being fully cooked. My base was pre-baked, so I added the topping and put it in the oven, but the only things that needed cooking actually were the zucchini & cheese, so that was enough. I hope my answer makes sense!

This does make sense!  thank you!
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2010 01:33:45 PM »

I looked at the first picture and I got hungry. Then I looked at the second one and I am drooling uncontrollably XD Looks delicious!
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