Focaccia Rustica (Country Focaccia with Red Pepper Toppin

Focaccia Rustica (Country Focaccia with Red Pepper Toppin Category Appetizers 
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Ingredients And Procedures

-----------------------------------DOUGH----------------------------------- 2 md Garlic cloves, crushed

2 tb Olive oil

2 1/2 ts Dried yeast

1 1/3 c Warm water

3 3/4 c Unbleached all-purpose flour

1 1/2 ts Salt

20 ea Sage leaves, roughly chopped

----------------------------------TOPPING---------------------------------- 3 ea Red or yellow bell peppers

3 md Red onions, thinly sliced

1/4 c Olive oil

4 md Ripe tomatoes, seeded &

-- squeezed dry Basil leaves 1 ts Salt

Warm the garlic cloves in the olive oil over low heat until the garlic begins to brown. Discard the garlic & let the oil cool. Meanwhile whisk the yeast into the water & let proof for 10 minutes. Add the cooled olive oil. Stir in the salt, flour & herbs & mix well. Knead by hand for 6 to 8 minutes. Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover & let rise until doubled. Divide the dough in half & set each piece on an oiled 10 1/2" X 15 1/2" baking sheet Stretch the dough to cover as much of the sheet as

possible. Cover & let it relax for 15 minutes. Dimple & stretch the dough some more. Let rise until it is puffy, about 50 minutes. While it is risng, roast, peel & slice the peppers into thin strips. Saute the onions in the 1/4 c olive oil over very low heat for 20 to 25 minutes until they are soft & limp.

Preheat the oven to 400F. Lightly dip your fingers into the remaining olive oil & dimple the tops of the dough. Divide the vegetables evenly in half & distribute them over the focacce. Sprinkle with badil & salt Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the dough is crispy on the edges. Cool briefly & then remove from the sheets & let cool on racks. Serve at room temperature.

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