In season sweet potatoes and leeks- Sweet potato and leek focaccia. Most nights I’m pretty confident with my dinner prep. Then there are some nights I wonder what in the world we will have for dinner. It is a full-time job to plan home cooked and tasty meals. Lately my go-to easy meal is pasta or Asian noodles. Mostly every Friday night is pizza or focaccia…like this very fall sweet potato and leek focaccia.
Sweet Potato and Leek Focaccia
I know you may say why would I make my own homemade dough when there is conveniently ready-made dough for sale in the supermarket. I know at my supermarket they sell it in the bakery section and I have on occasion bought it. Another favorite is our Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Focaccia. It is amazing with the caramelized onions. And totally different and sweet: our Cherry-Almond Focaccia!
There is no comparison to their dough and this dough. There is no fluff factor comparison and there is no flavor comparison. If you don’t have the time or the desire to make your own dough, but the ready-made dough and experiment with toppings. It’s so much fun and such an easy dinner idea (or lunch)!
Since the temperatures dropped a bit here and we are out of the miserable humid rainy season, I love to make dishes with root vegetables. I add them to soups, pasta, risotto and even top them on delicious homemade focaccia.
What’s the best focaccia baking tips?
With a little planning and imagination, you could create some incredible focaccias or thick pizzas.
- If you really want to plan ahead, prep the dough the night before and let it rise in the fridge overnight. Also could prep the dough in the morning and let it rise in the fridge all day until the evening when you are ready to make it.
- IF you let it rise overnight in fridge, when you are ready to bake the bread, remove the dough from the fridge and press it into your oiled pan. Let it rise in the pan before baking it.
- The most important tip is do the second rise in the pan you’ll bake it in. You could bake it on a baking sheet (a large jelly roll)or even do round focaccias. Either way, it will be fantastic!
- Very important you brush the pan or the parchment paper with olive oil.
- Prep your topping while the dough rises comfortably in a safe spot on the counter. While the veggies are cooking, you will start dreaming about how wonderful dinner will be when it’s ready. It’s easier to use a mandoline for slicing the potatoes or try to cut them as equally as possible so they will cook evenly.
The tempting smell of sweet potatoes, leeks and rosemary baking together is almost too much to bear. The urge to open the oven door and see if it’s ready will be overwhelming. Then you add the cheese on top and take it to another level. The next time I make this I am adding gruyere or gouda. A perfectly wonderful fall dinner that everyone will love!
Sweet Potato and Leek Focaccia A simple to make homemade focaccia recipe that is loved by all! The sweet potato and leek topping make this bread beyond delicious. Use your favorite vegan mozzarella to make this totally vegan. The bread is so delicious you could eat it as a meal with your favorite salad.
A simple to make homemade focaccia recipe that is loved by all! The sweet potato and leek topping make this bread beyond delicious. Use your favorite vegan mozzarella to make this totally vegan. The bread is so delicious you could eat it as a meal with your favorite salad.
Servings: 1 large focaccia
- 1 1/3 cups warm tap water about 110 degrees
- 2 1/2 teaspoons 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons sea salt
- 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- leeks chopped fine
- 1 sweet potato peeled and sliced thin
- 1 potato peeled and sliced thin
- fresh rosemary about 2 Tablespoons
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- In a small bowl, add the water and sprinkle the yeast on top of the water. Add 3 tablespoons of the oil and whisk together. Set aside.
- In large mixing bowl, add the flour and 3 teaspoons of salt; whisk together or mix together on low speed in your mixer.
- Add the yeast mixture and about half of the flour mixture. Stir with a rubber spatula until it is combined. Attach the dough hook to your mixer and add the remaining flour.
- Mix on low speed for about three minutes. If the dough seems to be too dry, add warm water a teaspoon at a time until you obtain a softer dough.
- Form the dough into a ball and place into an oiled bowl (when I put the dough in the bowl I swish the dough around the bottom of the bowl and then flip it over so all of the dough is covered in a light film of oil).
- Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature until doubled in size (about 1-1 1/2 hours).
- While the dough is rising, prepare the potatoes and leeks.
- In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive- oil over medium-low heat. Add the sweet potatoes and potatoes; salt and pepper to taste. Cook until tender; about 10 minutes. Set the potatoes aside. In the same skillet, add about a 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil and cook the leek until tender; about 5 minutes; set the leeks aside.
- Place the dough on a parchment lined pan. Pat and press the dough gently until the dough fills the pan completely. If the dough resists, let it rest for a few minutes before continuing (sometimes the dough can be moody). Cover the dough with a piece of plastic wrap and let it rise again until doubled in size (about 40-60 minutes).
- Set a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 425 F.
- When the dough has doubled in size, remove the plastic wrap. Dimple the surface of the risen focaccia using your fingertips.
- Brush on the remaining olive oil to the surface of the dough. Toss on the potatoes, leeks and rosemary. Salt and pepper, to taste.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and add the shredded mozzarella to the top.
- Return pan to oven and bake for about another 10 minutes (every oven is different)or until golden brown and puffed around the edges.
- Remove from oven. Lift the focaccia from the pan with the parchment paper edges onto a cutting board. Let cool on rack a little before serving. Cut and serve.