Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Turkey Focaccia Sandwiches

June 7, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is Turkey Focaccia Sandwiches. Made using 2 Jennie – O Turkey Products, JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Turkey Breast Cutlets and JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon. You’ll also need JENNIE-O® Turkey Baconand served on a Focaccia (Italian Flat Bread). You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2019!

Turkey Focaccia Sandwiches
Light, flavorful Italian Focaccia takes this sandwich from ordinary to extraordinary. With layers of fresh veggies, JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Turkey Breast and bold parmesan dressing, you’ll be transported to the Italian countryside in just one bite.

1 (17.6-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Turkey Breast Cutlets
8 slices JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon
1 focaccia (Italian flat bread)
4 pieces leaf lettuce
4 slices of Roma tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 tablespoons light parmesan dressing

1) Cook turkey cutlets and turkey bacon as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.

2) Cut focaccia horizontally in half then into wedges. Layer lettuce, tomato, cheese, turkey, bacon and parmesan dressing onto each bottom focaccia wedge. Cover with top wedge.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.


Calories 490
Protein 45g
Carbohydrates 32g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Fat 20g
Cholesterol 100mg
Sodium 850mg
Saturated Fat 6g

One of America’s Favorites – Italian Tomato Pie

July 2, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Italian Tomato pie

Italian tomato pie is an Italian-American baked good consisting of a thick, porous, focaccia-like dough covered with tomato sauce. It may be sprinkled with romano cheese or oregano. It is not usually served straight from the oven, but allowed to cool and then consumed at room temperature or reheated. Like Sicilian pizza, tomato pie is baked in a large rectangular pan and served in square slices. In Rhode Island it is cut into long strips and often called pizza strips. Tomato pie descends from and resembles the Italian sfincione, although it is not the same dish; for instance, sfincione may have toppings, is usually served hot, and has a crust more like brioche than foccacia.

Other names for tomato pie include gravy pie (“gravy” here refers to “Italian gravy”, i.e. tomato sauce) and church pie in Philadelphia, and red bread, strip pizza, party pizza and bakery pizza in Rhode Island.

A 1903 article in the New-York Tribune on the food of Italian-Americans described an early version of tomato pie. Tomato pie has been sold by Iannelli’s Bakery in Philadelphia since 1910 and O’Scugnizzo’s Pizzeria in Utica, New York since 1914. Tomato pie remains popular in Philadelphia, Utica, and Rhode Island.


One of America’s Favorites – Focaccia

December 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 3 Comments
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Homemade Focaccia with olives and herbs

Homemade Focaccia with olives and herbs


Focaccia (Italian pronunciation: [foˈkattʃa]) may refer to:
* salt focaccia: this is the common-known focaccia, also called schiacciata; it is a flat oven-baked Italian bread, which may be topped with herbs or other ingredients;
* sweet focaccia: typical Easter cake from Veneto, made of wheat, eggs, butter, sugar and flavors.
Focaccia is popular in Italy and is usually seasoned with olive oil and salt, and sometimes herbs, and may be topped with onion, cheese and meat, or flavored with a number of vegetables.
Focaccia doughs are similar in style and texture to pizza doughs, consisting of high-gluten flour, oil, water, salt and yeast. It is typically rolled out or pressed by hand into a thick layer of dough and then baked in a stone-bottom or hearth oven. Bakers often puncture the bread with a knife to relieve bubbling on the surface of the bread.
Also common is the practice of dotting the bread. This creates multiple wells in the bread by using a finger or the handle of a utensil to poke the unbaked dough. As a way to preserve moisture in the bread, olive oil is then spread over the dough, by hand or with a pastry brush prior to rising and baking. In the northern part of Italy, lard will sometimes be added to the dough, giving the focaccia a softer, slightly flakier texture. Focaccia recipes are widely available, and with the popularity of bread machines, many cookbooks now provide versions of dough recipes that do not require hand kneading.
Focaccia can be used as a side to many meals, as a base for pizza, or as sandwich bread.




The primary difference between conventional pizza (round, Neapolitan pizza) and focaccia is that pizza dough uses very little leavening (baker’s yeast) allowing pizza a very thin, flat and flexible crust while focaccia dough uses more leavening affording the dough to rise significantly more, but just enough to for it to remain a flatbread. The added leavening firms the crust and allows focaccia a propensity to absorb dense amounts of olive oil. Unleavened pizza dough is already too dense to absorb high densities of olive oil. A conventional loaf of bread is too tall to absorb olive oil all the way through to its center. As a flatbread Focaccia can indeed absorb olive oil all the way to its center or at least nearly so. As such, focaccia might well be thought of as “olive oil bread.”
Focaccia is most often square whereas conventional pizza is more commonly round. Focaccia most often employs more salt than pizza.
There exist traditional Italian pizza recipes, incorporating more leavening, in amounts similar to focaccia, especially in southern Italy, and specifically Sicilian pizza. If these leavened pizzas were to incorporate equivalent densities of olive oil in the dough, they would be very similar to a focaccia, aside perhaps for the herbs or toppings used. Similarly any “thick-crust” pizza that incorporates high densities of olive oil would be very similar to focaccia, again except for the variance in the herbs and toppings employed.
Contrary to pizza where more than one topping is often found mixed on the same pizza, toppings are not commonly mixed on one focaccia although one topping and one herb might be mixed. Whereas pizza often has toppings peppered only intermittently on its surface, on focaccia, a single topping is often layered more uniformly and thick.




In ancient Rome, panis focacius was a flat bread baked on the hearth. The word is derived from the Latin focus meaning “hearth, place for baking.” The basic recipe is thought by some to have originated with the Etruscans or ancient Greeks, but today it is widely associated with Ligurian cuisine.
As the tradition spread, the different dialects and diverse local ingredients resulted in a large variety of bread (some may even be considered cake). Due to the number of small towns and hamlets dotting the coast of Liguria, the focaccia recipe has fragmented into countless variations (from the biscuit-hard focaccia of Camogli to the oily softness of the one made in Voltri), with some bearing little resemblance to its original form. The most extreme example is the specialty “focaccia col formaggio” (focaccia with cheese) which is made in Recco, near Genoa. Other than the name, this Recco version bears no resemblance to other focaccia varieties, having a caillé and cheese filling sandwiched between two layers of paper-thin dough. It is even being considered for European Union PGI status. Regional variations also exist, such as focaccia dolce (sweet focaccia), popular in some parts of north-western Italy, consisting of a basic focaccia base and sprinkled lightly with sugar, or including raisins, honey, or other sweet ingredients.
Focaccia is present in many variants in Italy itself, for example the focaccia alla genovese, originated in Genoa, the focaccia alla barese, from Bari, or the focaccia alla messinese, from Messina. Another widespread variation is the Focaccia Barese, common in the provinces of Bari, Brindisi, Lecce and Taranto. It usually comes in three variations: classic focaccia with fresh tomatoes and olives, potato focaccia with potato slices 5 mm thick and white Focaccia with salt grains and rosemary. Some other variations include peppers, onions, eggplant or other vegetables.
In Burgundy, focaccia is called “foisse” or “fouaisse”, and in Catalonia, Provence and Languedoc it’s “fogassa” or, more commonly, the French “fougasse”. In Argentina, it is widely consumed under the name fugazza, derived from fugàssa in the native language of Argentina’s many Ligurian immigrants. The Spaniards call it “hogaza”.
In American-English, it is sometimes referred to as focaccia bread. The Sicilian-style pizza, and the Roman pizza bianca (white pizza) can be considered a variant of focaccia. Focaccia is used extensively as a sandwich bread outside of Italy.




Focaccia veneta is a cake, typical of Venetian Easter tradition. Unlike the other kinds of focaccia, it is based on eggs, sugar and butter, instead of olive oil and salt. This makes its recipe and use unique across Italy, and quite different from the common-known focaccia. It appears like a leavened bread, which inside may result very similar to other Venetian cakes like pandoro.





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