Bell Pepper Focaccia

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Focaccia is a flat, oven-baked bread. Everyone loves focaccia! It’s a great start to any Italian meal. This Bell Pepper Focaccia recipe is a simple twist on a beloved favorite.

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Bell Pepper Focaccia


  • 1 2/3 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast 1/4 oz
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour plus more for kneading
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp rosemary fresh, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp oregano fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 package onion Melissa's Cipolline (8 oz julienned)
  • 1/2 jar fire roasted red pepper chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic fire roasted, minced
  • Parmesan cheese finely grated



  • Stir together 1 2/3 cups lukewarm (105 to 115°F) water and yeast in bowl of mixer and let stand until creamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add 5 cups flour, 1/4 cup oil, and 2 1/2 teaspoons table salt, 1/2 of the rosemary, 1/2 of the oregano and beat with paddle attachment at medium speed until a dough forms.
  • Replace paddle with dough hook and knead dough at high speed until soft, smooth, and sticky, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in 1 to 2 tablespoons more flour.
  • Knead dough 1 minute (it will still be slightly sticky), then transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and turn dough to coat with oil.
  • Let rise, covered with plastic wrap, at warm room temperature, until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Press dough evenly into a generously oiled 15- by 10- by 1-inch baking pan (1/2 sheet pan).
  • Let dough rise, covered completely with a kitchen towel, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium to large saucepan. Add onions and caramelize. This will take a few minutes.
  • When done, cool in a strainer and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F.


  • Stir together remaining rosemary, oregano and remaining 3 tablespoons oil.
  • Make shallow indentations all over dough with your fingertips, then brush with rosemary oil, letting it pool in indentations.
  • Sprinkle sea salt, onions, bell peppers, garlic and parmesan cheese evenly over focaccia and bake in middle of oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Carefully remove from the sheet pan. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.


Special equipment: a standing electric mixer with paddle attachment and dough hook
You can use a pre-baked focaccia and add the toppings following if desired.
Recipe and photo provided by Melissa’s -

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Italian, Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian
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Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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