Saturday, March 26, 2011


Fugassa was a dish I remember my Nana making while I was growing up. At it's core, it's a piece of flatbread or pizza dough topped with olive oil and onions. I like to add herbs, garlic, and a small amount of cheese to put taste buds over the top.

You'll need a dough recipe for the base of the Fugassa, and I highly recommend spending $15 and buying Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day. Not only will you find a great Olive Oil Dough recipe that you can use for pizza, you'll find many other recipes for loaves you'll love to bake and share with your loved ones. This is the book got me baking bread again after having my son! It's not intimidating, and gives you the tools to do great things with your oven.

- Enough pizza dough to spread across an 11x17" baking sheet (about an overflowing cereal bowl's worth). I half of the Olive Oil Dough I made using the recipe from Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day.
- 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil + extra for greasing the baking sheet
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 heads (yes, heads not clove) garlic
- 1/2 of a large sweet onion, sliced into very thin rings
- 1 TBSP oregano

How To Cook It
1) Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Grease your baking sheet with a little of the extra virgin olive oil.
3) Using a food processor, blend the garlic, 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil, and oregano until thoroughly minced and combined. You can also finely dice the garlic and mix it with the extra virgin olive oil and oregano if you don't have a food processor.
4) Spread out the pizza dough evenly across the baking sheet.
5) Using a small spatula, distribute the garlic mixture evenly across the dough.
6) Sprinkle the dough and garlic with about half of your parmesan and mozzarella.
7) Add the onion rings.
8) Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of all.
9) Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until your Fugassa looks golden brown. We're using a lower temperature than you'd usually use to bake pizza to avoid charring the onions on top.
10) Slice and serve.

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