My family has come to expect something special for dinner on Friday nights. Often, that means home made gluten-free pizza, but I get tired of the same thing every week. Of course, I do use differing pizza toppings and I vary the thickness of the crust, but sometimes I don’t have time for pizza or I just want something different.
Recently I’ve added calzones to our Friday night fare, but this focaccia bread sandwich has long been one that my guys are happy to eat instead of pizza. They actually become quite excited about this meal. It’s not particularly special, but it uses my gluten-free focaccia bread. Even though they are all gluten eaters, they love this fresh, soft, and delicious bread.
I can’t say that this is a quick meal because you have to make the bread and then let it cool before slicing it, adding the fillings and reheating it. However, you can make the bread earlier in the day so that there’s not as much to do at dinner time. This recipe is extremely versatile because the sandwich filling is up to you. Use whatever you like on a hot sandwich.
I don’t make this recipe frequently because I have to let the bread rise, bake the bread, let it cool, reheat the oven, and heat the sandwich. It takes time, and often I don’t like heating the oven twice. It’s definitely worth the time, but is not something I take the time to do on a regular basis. That makes it a special treat, which isn’t a bad thing.
- 1 recipe focaccia bread
- olive oil
- sandwich filling (sausage, pepperoni, sliced meat, cheese)
- salad dressing or barbecue sauce (optional)
- mayonnaise (optional)
- mustard (optional)
- Bake the bread in two 9 or 10 inch cake or spring form pans.
- Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack 30 minutes.
- Slice the loaves horizontally. If they are gummy in the middle, they need to cool more.
- Brush the inside of the bread with olive oil.
- Place the sandwich fillings on the bottom half of each loaf.
- If desired, add a little salad dressing of choice or barbecue sauce on top.
- You could also spread mayonnaise and/or mustard on the top piece of bread.
- Add the top pieces of bread and wrap each sandwich in foil.
- Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Cut in wedges to serve.
This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free.