Crock Pot Focaccia

This easy recipe for Crock Pot Focaccia Bread utilizes frozen yeast dinner rolls, transforming them into a rustic and irresistible delight, all with the help of your slow cooker. Enjoy this delicious bread alongside your favorite main meals for an elevated finishing touch!

Originating from Italy, this beloved flatbread is popular around the globe. This bread was traditionally made over coals or in a hearth which lends to its flat shape. It has a pillowy texture and golden crust and can have flavorful toppings to suit any dish you make with it!

Thanks to a shortcut using frozen yeast dinner rolls, you can easily achieve the taste and texture of traditional Focaccia without starting from scratch. These frozen rolls save you time and effort, acting as the perfect base for homemade Focaccia.

The versatility of this bread is unmatched. Picture yourself tearing off a warm slice and savoring it alongside a steaming bowl of soup, or use it as a base for a gourmet sandwich filled with your favorite ingredients. Focacciia can also be cut into bite-sized pieces and served as an appetizer or used as an alternative to traditional breadsticks for dipping into sauces and spreads!

Crock Pot Focaccia

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This easy¬†crock pot bread recipe offers a convenient twist on classic bread, allowing you to enjoy the flavors and textures of homemade Focaccia without the need for extensive kneading or oven monitoring.
  • The gentle and even heat distribution of the¬†crock pot ensures that every bite is a perfect blend of flavors and textures, making it evenly cooked.
  • The combination of the herb-infused oil and the delicate dimples created by poking the dough ensures that every bite is packed with herbaceous flavor.
  • Whether you're serving it as a side with soups, stews, or pasta dishes, using it as a base for sandwiches or sliders, or even enjoying it as a standalone snack, this bread complements a wide range of flavors and meals.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Frozen Yeast Dinner Rolls¬†- These pre-made frozen rolls serve as the convenient and time-saving base for the¬†Crock Pot Focaccia. As they thaw and rise during the cooking process, they transform into fluffy and flavorful bread, eliminating the need for traditional dough preparation from scratch. You can find them in the frozen bread and pastry section in your local grocery store.
  • Olive Oil¬†- This oil not only adds moisture to the Focaccia but also gives savory flavor to each bite while also helping to create a beautifully golden and crisp crust.
  • Fresh Rosemary¬†- Brings an earthy and slightly piney flavor to the Focaccia that pairs well with the olive oil.
  • Fresh Thyme¬†- Combined with the rosemary, it enhances the overall aroma and taste profile adding a hint of floral and citrus flavors.
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How To Make Foccacia Bread In The Crock Pot

Prepare the crock pot: Trace the bottom of your crock pot and cut out a piece of parchment that fits evenly inside.

Allow the rolls to rise:¬†Once fitted with parchment, place the rolls in an evenly spaced matter at the bottom of the crock pot. Set to¬†WARM¬†for 1¬Ĺ hours.

Add seasonings: Once the rolls rise, poke holes in the dough with your fingers. Then, evenly distribute the oil on top, followed by a sprinkle of both the rosemary and thyme. Continue to cook for an additional hour on LOW.

Remove and serve: Once the bread is fully cooked through, remove it from the crock pot carefully. Cut with a serrated knife to your desired slice size and shape. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Focaccia

Recipe Tips

  • To ensure even cooking and prevent sticking, it is crucial to line the bottom of your¬†crock pot with parchment paper before placing the frozen yeast dinner rolls. This will make it easier to remove the finished Focaccia without any hassle or damage to the bread.
  • Make sure your¬†crock pot is set to the "warm" setting during the initial rise of the rolls. This gentle and steady heat will encourage the yeast to activate and the dough to rise gradually, resulting in a light and airy texture.
  • When pouring the olive oil over the risen rolls, be sure to distribute it evenly across the surface. This will not only enhance the flavor but also help to keep the Focaccia moist and prevent it from drying out during the cooking process.
  • When poking the dough with your fingers, be gentle to avoid deflating it completely. The purpose of this step is to create those classic Focaccia dimples, which will provide texture and allow the oil and herbs to seep into the bread, enhancing the overall taste and appearance.
  • Keep an eye on the cooking time during the low setting phase. Every¬†crock pot is different, and the bread may require slightly less or more time to cook fully. Check the Focaccia periodically and remove it from the¬†crock pot once it has a golden crust and a firm, cooked center. Adjust the cooking time as needed to achieve your desired level of doneness.

Variations

  • Cheese Lover's Twist:¬†Before placing the rolls in the crock pot, sprinkle a generous amount of shredded cheese, such as mozzarella or Parmesan, between the rolls. As the Focaccia bakes, the cheese will melt and create a gooey, flavorful layer.
  • Mediterranean Delight:¬†Add toppings like sliced black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese after pouring the olive oil.
  • Garlic Infusion:¬†Brush the risen rolls with melted garlic butter before drizzling the olive oil and sprinkling the herbs.
  • Sweet and Savory:¬†Add a touch of sweetness to your Focaccia by incorporating caramelized onions into the mix. Saut√© thinly sliced onions in a little olive oil until golden and sweet. Place them over the rolls before pouring the oil and herbs.
  • Spicy Kick:¬†Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of hot sauce over the Focaccia before cooking. This will give your bread a fiery twist!

Storing & Freezing

Storing: Once the bread has cooled completely. Store it in an airtight container or resealable bag at room temperature for up to 2 days. To maintain its freshness and texture, you can also wrap individual slices in plastic wrap and refrigerate them for up to 5 days.

Freezing:¬†Allow the bread to cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. It can be frozen for up to 2 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw the Focaccia in the refrigerator overnight and reheat it in a preheated oven at 350¬įF (175¬įC) for a few minutes until warm and crisp.

Crock Pot Focaccia
PREP TIME  5minutes 
COOK TIME  2hours  30minutes 
TOTAL TIME  2hours  35minutes 
COURSE  Sides
CUISINE  American, Italian
SERVINGS  6
CALORIES  375 kcal

EQUIPMENT

  • Your Favorite Crock Pot

INGREDIENTS

  • 17-19¬†frozen yeast dinner rolls
  • 2¬†tbsp¬†olive oil
  • 1¬†tbsp¬†fresh rosemary
  • ¬Ĺ¬†tsp¬†dried thyme

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place parchment paper in the bottom of a 6-quart crock pot. Place rolls around the bottom evenly spaced.
  • Cover and set the¬†crock pot to warm and cook for 1 ¬Ĺ hours.
  • After the rolls rise, pour the oil all around and sprinkle the rosemary and thyme over the top. Then, gently poke the dough with your fingers.
  • Cover and continue to cook for 1 hour on low.
  • Remove the bread from the¬†crock pot with the parchment paper and enjoy!

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