Friday, January 25, 2013

Focaccia Cambozola

1 garlic bulb
Garlic before baking
olive oil
1 uncooked pizza dough (if you want to make your own dough, follow this link to my calzone recipe, and follow the directions for the dough: Pizza dough )
dried basil
1/2 c. Parmesan, shredded
1 wedge Cambozola cheese (or any blue cheese or Gorgonzola will do)

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Wedge of Cambozola

Cut off the top of the garlic bulb. De-husk around the outside of the bulb, then put in a pie dish. Drizzle with olive oil then sprinkle with salt. Cover with tin foil and bake 40-45 minutes, until tender and mushy.

When the garlic is almost done baking, roll out the dough like you would for pizza, put on a pizza baking sheet. Brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with the basil and Parmesan.

Before baking the dough
Use a fork to poke the dough all over, about 1-2 inches apart.

When the garlic is done, put in the pizza dough and bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.

Focaccia bread after baking
Meanwhile, remove all the garlic cloves from the bulb, being careful not to burn yourself. Put them all in a bowl and mash them. Add in the blue cheese wedge, and continue to mash until it is somewhat smooth and spreadable.

Garlic cheese spread
Slice the dough into bread slices. I used a pizza cutter still to cut the slices. I served it so that everyone could put their own garlic Cambozola spread on their individual pieces. I suppose you could also spread it on the whole bread before serving it. It's up to you.

Next time I think I will use a stronger cheese like Gorgonzola with the garlic to see how the flavor changes. This was definitely a crowd pleaser, and there were no leftovers.

Recipe courtesy of Carla Pieplow

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