How to Make Oven Roasted Tomato Focaccia

This roasted tomato focaccia is a guaranteed hit whether served at home, at a potluck or patio party. The pre-made oven roasted tomatoes with slivers of garlic add incredible depth of flavor.

Focaccia is soft Italian flat bread made with yeast. It’s thicker and softer than pizza and comes with lighter toppings. It works well as a side to a meal, as an appetizer or as sandwich bread. It can be quite simple like Rosemary Focaccia or it can get a little more creative like this Rhubarb and Caramelized Onion Focaccia. Today’s recipe for Oven Roasted Tomato Focaccia falls somewhere in the middle. It’s one of my favorite recipes during tomato season.

close up of roasted tomato focaccia piece

I was happy to create this recipe in partnership with CanolaEatWell’s campaign to Eat More Meals Together. This recipe is perfect for sharing, a tasty way to enjoy seasonal tomatoes roasted to glorious perfection in the oven and a great way to pay tribute and support our Canadian canola farmers. I believe, now, more than ever, it’s important to support our local producers and our local economy. Not a big ask considering that canola oil is a super versatile, neutral-flavored oil great for this focaccia and all sorts of cooking and baking tasks.

roasted tomato focaccia by tomatoes

If you like a visual tutorial, check out my latest video where I step you through the whole process. Watch the whole video or find whatever section you’re most curious about – kneading? prepping the tomatoes? assembling? Look for the text bars on the bottom to figure out where to watch.

Recipe for Oven Roasted Tomato Focaccia

slices of roasted tomato focaccia
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Oven Roasted Tomato Focaccia

Oven roasted tomatoes top a soft focaccia bread for a tasty combination perfect as an appetizer or side dish for dinner. Enjoy warm or cold topped with fresh Parmesan.
Prep : 40 mins
Cook : 40 mins

Ingredients

Focaccia Bread

  • 21/2-2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant rise yeast (1 pkg)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil divided

Topping

  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 6-8 tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, halved lengthwise
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp shredded fresh Parmesan
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning or dried basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme

Instructions

Focaccia Bread

  • Combine 2 1/2 cups of flour, yeast, salt, sugar and onion powder. Mix well.
  • Form well in flour. Add warm water and 2 Tbsp canola oil.
  • Stir until ingredients are combined and becomes difficult to stir with a spoon.
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead for 6 – 7 minutes. Add more flour as needed to prevent stickiness.
  • Shape dough into ball and place in oiled bowl turning to coat all sides with 1/2 Tbsp oil.
  • Cover loosely with clean towel and let rest for 20 minutes. Prepare Roasted Tomatoes while waiting.
  • Using remaining 1/2 Tbsp canola oil, to generously grease a 9x13” (23x33 cm) pan to ensure a nice crispy outside.
  • Roll and stretch out dough to fit pan and press out the air.
  • Use fingers to poke dimples into dough to bottom of pan.
  • Cover with clean towel and let rest 15 minutes.

Roasted Tomato Topping

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) and grease a 9x13" (23x33 cm) rimmed pan with canola oil.
  • Wash and slice tomatoes 1/2” (1.5 cm) thick. Place cut side up on baking sheet.
  • Tuck garlic halves randomly into middle of tomatoes, not directly on baking sheet to help prevent scorching.
  • Drizzle tomatoes and garlic with 1 Tbsp of canola oil.
  • Bake at to 400°F (200°C) for 20 to 30 minutes. Check to ensure browning - not charring.
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly.

Assembly

  • Once dough has risen and roasted tomatoes have cooled, assemble focaccia.
  • Drizzle 1/2 Tbsp canola oil on top of dough.
  • Mash roasted tomatoes with a fork and spread evenly on top of dough. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and remaining 1/2 Tbsp canola oil.
  • Bake at to 400°F (200°C) for 20 to 25 minutes til dough is light golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and slice into squares. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

Fresh Herb option: When finished baking, add fresh basil to baked focaccia.
 
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: focaccia, tomatoes

pieces of roasted tomato focaccia

What Kind of Tomatoes Should I Use?

My favorite tomatoes for this recipe are paste tomatoes like Roma, San Marzano or Amish Paste. These tomatoes have more substance to them and are less watery than slicing tomatoes. That means they’ll roast up quickly and won’t be too saucy for putting on the focaccia dough.

That said, you can make this recipe with any type of tomato. If you’re using slicing tomatoes, you can scoop out some of the liquid seed sacs and/or just roast the tomatoes a little longer to allow more of the liquid to evaporate.

You can also use cherry or grape tomatoes for this recipe. I recommend you slice them in half and place them cut side up when roasting them.

tray of roasted cherry tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes work well for this recipe too. Cut in half and roast cut side up.

Why Use Roasted Tomatoes?

I have made focaccia with fresh tomatoes before. It’s good. But holy smokes – pre-roasting those tomatoes really takes it to a whole other level. I have been converted and will only make tomato focaccia with oven roasted tomatoes from now on.

tomato focaccia with fresh tomatoes
You could use fresh tomatoes – but seriously roasted tomatoes are so much more flavorful! I highly recommend pre-roasting the tomatoes.

Can You Use Frozen Roasted Tomatoes?

Yes! I just did this and it worked beautifully and tasted amazing. Over the summer I roasted A LOT of tomatoes thanks to a great garden year. I froze some of those roasted tomatoes and yesterday, I thawed them, drained off the excess liquid (will add to soup) and used them on focaccia. MMM!

using frozen tomatoes to make focaccia
Draining frozen roasted tomatoes (top left), chopping roasted tomatoes (bottom), putting on top of focaccia dough (top right).
piece of focaccia made with frozen tomatoes
The final focaccia with frozen roasted tomatoes.

How to Store & Reheat Focaccia?

Focaccia can be kept at room temperature for two days. Loosely wrap in plastic, beeswax wrap or seal in a container.

To reheat or freshen up focaccia, heat in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes.

More Tasty Focaccia and Bread Recipes To Try

This oven roasted tomato Focaccia is definitely for bread lovers like me. If that’s you, may I interest you in some more bread recipes?

Rhubarb & Caramelized Onion Focaccia – a spring time focaccia

Rosemary Focaccia – quick and easy and oh so flavorful

50/50 Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Whole Wheat Soft Hamburger Buns

Sourdough Bread A Beginners Recipe

No Knead Cottage Cheese Dill Bread

Artisan No Knead Bread

If you make this oven roasted tomato focaccia let me know what you think. Leave a comment below or take a photo and tag @getgettys and #MakeitCanola so we can see it and like it!

This recipe was written in paid partnership with the Canola Eat Well. As always, opinions are my own and a sincere reflection of life in my home.

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