(BPT) - Sandwiches, pizza and fresh crusty bread ... what do they have in common?
Besides being among our favorite foods, they are often made with wheat and contain
gluten. However, with a scan of American grocery store shelves or restaurant menus,
it's easy to see that "gluten-free" is a popular trend these days, with more and
more people looking to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diets.
As the number of individuals seeking a gluten-free diet increases, so does the
demand for flavorful gluten-free recipes, especially for baked goods that are traditionally
packed with gluten.
Baking flavor-packed gluten-free recipes is a breeze with the addition of naturally
gluten-free ingredients like California Ripe Olives - a delicious and versatile
ingredient that adds flavor and texture to any gluten-free dish. And here's a fun
fact - did you know that 95 percent of black ripe olives are grown in California
by more than 1,000 family farmers?
Here are a few tasty recipes for fresh California Ripe Olive-studded Focaccia
bread and a zesty Muffaletta sandwich that are gluten-free. These simple and mouth-watering
recipes are sure to please gluten lovers and gluten-free eaters alike.
California Ripe Olives are a tasty gluten-free addition to any meal that will
never go out of style.
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Gluten-Free Olive, Shallot and Rosemary Focaccia
2 cups lukewarm water
2 teaspoons sugar
2 packets instant dry yeast
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for pan
3 cups brown rice flour, divided
1/2 cup each: white rice flour, sorghum flour and tapioca starch/flour
1 tablespoon xanthan gum
2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon cornmeal
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
1 (6 ounce) can California Ripe Olives, well drained
2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons Maldon salt
Place water, sugar and yeast in a large mixer bowl; let stand for five minutes
or until yeast begins to foam.
Beat in eggs and olive oil.
Add flours, xanthan gum and salt and beat well with a dough hook for five minutes, scraping down the sides occasionally. Mixture should be a very thick batter.
Lightly oil two medium baking sheets and sprinkle with cornmeal. Spread batter about 1-inch thick into pans and top with garlic, rosemary, olives, shallots, cheese and Maldon salt, in that order,
pressing lightly into the dough. Let stand in a warm spot for 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Bake focaccia for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown, tenting with foil during the last five or 10 minutes if topping browns too quickly.