Focaccia sandwich

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This simple focaccia sandwich is loaded with creamy ricotta cheese, tangy sun dried tomatoes, fruity kalamata olives, and fresh spinach. This sandwich can be made in a matter of minutes with leftover focaccia bread. All you have to do is reheat the focaccia bread, gather the ingredients, and load up the focaccia bread with all of the flavorful toppings. It doesn’t get much easier than that. 

This recipe calls for gluten free focaccia bread to make a focaccia sandwich that is entirely gluten free. However, if you do not have a gluten intolerance you could also use regular focaccia bread for this sandwich. 

Two open faced focaccia sandwiches with ricotta, olives, sun dried tomatoes, and spinach

What is focaccia bread?

What is focaccia bread? If you have never had focaccia bread then you absolutely need to try it! Focaccia bread is an Italian bread that is known for its porous, airy texture. Focaccia bread is much thinner than a regular loaf of bread but it packs just as much flavor! Italian herbs and spices such as thyme, rosemary, parsley, and garlic are often added to focaccia bread to give it an extra burst of flavor. 

The best thing about focaccia bread is that it is one of the easiest types of bread to make. All you need to make focaccia bread is flour, water, salt, sugar, olive oil, and yeast. If you want to make your own focaccia bread for this sandwich you should check out this recipe for homemade gluten free focaccia bread

What are focaccia sandwiches?

What are focaccia sandwiches? Focaccia sandwiches are just sandwiches that are made with focaccia bread rather than any other type of bread. Focaccia sandwiches are usually packed with fresh Italian or Mediterranean inspired ingredients. These ingredients go well with the olive oil and Italian spices that give focaccia bread so much of its flavor. Some of the ingredients that go best in Focaccia sandwiches are ricotta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, olives, roasted red peppers, roasted eggplant, and spinach. 

Two open faced focaccia sandwiches with ricotta, olives, sun dried tomatoes, and spinach

What is on this focaccia sandwich?

What is in this focaccia sandwich? This focaccia sandwich is made with a few simple ingredients that go perfectly with focaccia bread. Most of the ingredients in this focaccia sandwich can be eaten cold so there is very little work to do in terms of pre-cooking ingredients. This focaccia sandwich is made with ricotta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and spinach. 

Two focaccia sandwiches with ricotta, olives, sun dried tomatoes, and spinach

How to reheat focaccia bread

How do you reheat focaccia bread? Focaccia bread is generally reheated in the oven or the microwave. Focaccia bread is best when it is reheated in the oven. This is because the oven helps develop a nice crispy crust around the focaccia bread. If you want to reheat your focaccia bread in the oven then you should cook it at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes. If you want to reheat your focaccia bread in the microwave you should cook it for 45 – 75 seconds at full power. 

You should reheat your focaccia bread when it is still in one large piece. You should wait to cut the bread into smaller sandwich sized pieces until after the bread has already been reheated. This will prevent the bread from drying out.  

Focaccia sandwich

This easy focaccia sandwich can be made in a matter of minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: egg free, gluten free, nut free, vegetarian
Servings: 1 sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf focaccia bread (or a partial loaf)
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives

Honey balsamic sauce

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Pre-cook the spinach by microwaving it in a small bowl with 2 tsp of water. Microwave the spinach on full power for 60 seconds.
  • Reheat the focaccia bread. Microwave the bread on full power for 45 - 75 seconds or bake it in the oven for 5 - 10 minutes at 375.
    This step is only necessary if you are using leftover focaccia bread. If you are using freshly made focaccia bread you can skip this step.
  • Slice the bread along the shortest side so that you have one large piece of bread for the top of your sandwiches and one for the bottom of your sandwiches. Put the two pieces of bread on top of each other and cut out sandwich shapes.
  • Mix the ingredients for the honey balsamic sauce together in a small bowl or mug.
  • Combine all of the ingredients to make the focaccia sandwiches. First add the ricotta to the sandwiches then then spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and olives. Drizzle some of the honey balsamic sauce over the top of the veggies then top the sandwich with the other slices of bread.

Notes

 
Open face sandwiches. You can also prepare these focaccia sandwiches as open face sandwiches. If you do this you will need to use twice the amount of toppings for the same amount of bread. This is because you will need to cover each piece of bread with toppings.

Substitutions for this focaccia sandwich

  • Kalamata olives. Black olives also taste great on this focaccia sandwich. You can sub the Kalamata olives out for an equal amount of black olives. 
  • Spinach. If you do not have spinach then you could also use arugula on this sandwich. If you use arugula you do not have to pre-cook the arugula.  

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