Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Foccacia

Nothing beats the freshness of homemade Foccacia, and it’s one of the easiest breads you can make yourself! This one is topped with caramelized onions and shredded gruyere cheese for delicious flavor.

If you think making bread at home is too advanced, then Foccacia is the first bread you should try. It’s so easy, and so good.

Foccacia

Foccacia is a flat baked Italian bread that’s kind of similar to pizza, only way fluffier and with more flavor.

It’s very common to throw a variety of ingredients on there, from herbs to olives to cheese, but I find myself going for caramelized onions and gruyere the majority of the time because gruyere monster is still very much a part of my inner self.

Italian Foccacia

Now, the foccacia comes with a little bit of a warning…do you remember the first time you made cupcakes or buttercream at home, and you realized that buttercream frosting is mostly gobs of sugared-up butter?

It’s an alarming experience, isn’t it?

Italian Foccacia Bread

The same thing happened when I first made foccacia at home. Foccacia is a very oily bread. And the first time I made it, I thought “hm…this has too much oil, I’m going to cut the oil in half.”

I ended up with a really dry, stiff foccacia. And a lot of it too.

With that said, don’t cut back on the olive oil here, it won’t yield good results. Foccacia is an olive oil heavy bread, that’s just who it is, that’s its identity.

How to Make Foccacia:

To make it, you make a standard bread dough, then spread it out with your fingers onto a sheet pan:

Focaccia

In order to get a bumpy foccacia with lots of hills and valleys, you will want to poke holes with your fingers, like this:

Focaccia Bread

Top the focaccia with some caramelized onions:

Focaccia Bread with Caramelized Onions

Then, go to town with the gruyere, and grate plenty all over the top.

Gruyere Foccacia

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes until puffed.

Focaccia Recipe

Then, devour.

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Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Foccacia

Nothing beats the freshness of a homemade focaccia, and it's one of the easiest breads you can make yourself! This one is topped with caramelized onions and shredded gruyere cheese for delicious flavor.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword foccacia
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 182kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp quick rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm water 110 degrees F
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • 17.5 oz flour, by weight (3.5 cups, measured)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil divided
  • 1/2 softball sized yellow onion
  • 2 oz gruyere cheese add more if you like
  • salt and pepper for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Place the yeast, water, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, and let it sit for 5 minutes until foamy. Add in the flour, salt, and 1/4 cup olive oil and mix it up by hand or with the paddle attachment. Attach the dough hook and knead for 10 minutes on medium low. Cover the bowl and let the foccacia rise for 1 hour.
  • In the meantime, chop the onion and cook it in 2 tbsp olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes until translucent and then slightly caramelized.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Spread the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil all over a sheet pan, and add the focaccia dough. Stretch the dough to the sides with your hands, poking little holes with your fingers. Add the caramelized onion evenly over the top, as well as the gruyere. Finish it off with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt and cracked black pepper, and bake for 15 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g