Finally, summer is back here in Switzerland. We got a lot of cold and rainy days here recently and are so excited for the hot sunny days. We try to spend as much time outdoors as work and life allows. Time in the kitchen is cut back to the absolute minimum. We barbeque or eat simple, fresh salads that are prepared in no time (such as this one or this or these). I like to add focaccia bread to our meals. Sometimes just as a simple side dish, sometimes topped with fresh parmesan cheese, prosciutto, arugula or figs. It's great for any summer evening. We enjoy it as appetizers or side dishes at barbeque parties or as a simple mid-week dinner, accompanied by a nice glass of chilled wine.
focaccia dough (recipe here), or use your favorite pizza dough
fresh parmesan cheese (shaved)
prosciutto (or serrano ham)
fresh arugula or baby spinach
fresh figs (pears also work well), thinly sliced
...or whatever sounds good to you!
salt (I prefer fleur de sel) and freshly ground pepper to taste
the best olive oil you have at home
Roll the dough into a thin rectangle, transfer to a baking sheet (greased or lined with parchment paper). Cut rectangles into the dough (size of your preferred serving size). Brush with olive oil and sprinkle some rosemary.
Bake focaccia or pizza bread according to the recipe or the instructions on the package if you're using store bought dough (roughly 10-12 minutes at high heat).
Let cool slightly, then add the toppings, drizzle some olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Serve and enjoy the summer!