If you’re looking for a super easy appetizer – this is it. My Focaccia Mini Pizza appetizer is a fantastic recipe to share with friends, or even make part of an appetizer dinner board for your family.
When entertaining I rarely choose anything that is time consuming or difficult to make. Easy entertaining is what I enjoy most, and easy appetizers like my Focaccia Mini Pizza appetizer are the perfect solution. But first, let me answer a few questions that people might have about focaccia!
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What is focaccia, anyway?
That’s an easy one. Focaccia is very similar to a pizza dough! Focaccia is a flat bread and it’s baked in the oven.
What makes focaccia easy to use for appetizers?
Another easy one. It’s flat! You can top focaccia with almost anything you like! You can even use it as a pizza crust if you like your crust a bit thicker! Focaccia is also great hot or cold – so it is easy to work with in that respect! You can even serve it on it’s own like you see here:
To bake or not to bake?
Personally, I don’t bake my own focaccia when making my Focaccia Mini Pizza appetizer. Why? Well, it just wouldn’t be easy. Focaccia making is an art – and when I entertain, I’m focused on my guests, not standing in the kitchen prepping all day. I do, however; have a favorite recipe. If you’re up for the challange – check out this focaccia recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. She’s done all of the testing for you – and I’ve made her recipe. It’s fabulous. I make non-bake suggestions in the recipe.
You can go with the recipe or you can get creative and come up with your own! Here are the top three favorites in our home:
- Ricotta cheese with artichoke hearts
- Proscuitto & Fig with a balsamic glaze over it
- Crumbled hot sausage with chopped porchini mushrooms on a red sauce
- 1 package plain focaccia bread.
- Small package of pepperoni.
- Small can of sliced, black olives.
- Small jar of pesto.
- 1 14oz can of tomato sauce
- 1/2 pound sliced provolone
- Cut your focaccia into 6 smaller pieces.
- Add 1 tsp tomato sauce to the top of 1/2 of the focaccia, and 1 tsp of pesto the other half.
- Add a half slice of provolone to each focaccia and top with pepperoni on some, black olives on some, and leave some with only cheese.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
- Serve & Enjoy!
If you're in a real time crunch, or can't find focaccia bread at your grocery store, pick up focaccia crackers! TOPPINGS: Toppings can be whatever you want them to be! If you like it on a pizza, you'll like it on these mini pizzas!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 785mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 13g
There are so many amazing cocktails that pair with these Mini Focaccia Pizza Appetizers, but the one in my Digital Cookbook (to be released later this fall) includes one of my favorites. PLUS it shows you all sorts of other amazing pairings for cocktails and appetizers! Make sure you check it out!