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Caramelized Onion, Gorgonzola, and Walnut Focaccia

Caramelized Onion, Gorgonzola, and Walnut Focaccia

The sweetness of the caramelized onions is a great flavor contrast to the sharp blue cheese.

Oxmoor House JANUARY 2008

  • Yield: 15 servings (serving size: 1 piece)
  • Cook time:1 Hour
  • Prep time:17 Minutes
  • Other:1 Hour, 20 Minutes


  • 2 packages dry yeast (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cups thinly sliced onion (about 2 large)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue cheese


Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add salt; stir to dissolve.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 1/2 cups flour to yeast mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes). Add enough of remaining 1/4 cup flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands.

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, about 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indention remains, dough has risen enough.)

While dough rises, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion; cover and cook 30 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook 5 to 10 minutes or until onion is golden brown and most of liquid evaporates, stirring often.

Punch dough down. Pat dough into a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. (If dough resists stretching, let rest 5 minutes before proceeding.) Spread onion evenly over dough. Sprinkle walnuts and Gorgonzola evenly over top; cover and let rise in a warm place 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 400°

Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into 15 pieces.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 135
  • Fat: 3.9g
  • Saturated fat: 1.1g
  • Protein: 4.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 20.7g
  • Cholesterol: 3mg
  • Iron: 1.4mg
  • Sodium: 210mg
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Calcium: 30mg

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