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Caprese Melts Recipe

Caprese Melts  

Mediterranean Sandwich

1 recipe focaccio (below)
2 lbs. or one small leg of lamb, boned and tied (can be done by your butcher)
1 head arugula
1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
2 medium red onions,
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped, divided
1 tbsp. fresh oregano, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped
1 small bunch green onions, minced
1/2 c. dry red wine
1/2 c. stock (veal or chicken)


Rub leg of lamb with half of the garlic and sprinkle with the oregano and half of the thyme. Roast in a 400 degree oven to an internal temperature of 130 degrees. Let stand for ten minutes. Slice, as thinly as possible. Add remaining garlic, basil, green onions, wine, and stock to the ingredients to pan and reduce by half of volume. Add sliced lamb to pan. Cut focaccia bread into 5" by 5" squares and slice open horizontally. Toast under broiler. Mix mayonnaise with thyme and spread on toasted focaccio. Sprinkle with chopped basil and dress with arugula. Add slices of lamb.



5 lbs. 2 oz. bread flour
1/2 oz. salt
1/2 oz. fresh cake yeast
3 oz. soft butter
2 tbsps. olive oil
51/2 c. water
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 C fresh basil, minced
1 tbsp. fresh thyme, minced
1/4 C black olives, chopped


Put green onions, garlic, basil, thyme, and olives in mixing bowl. Add flour on top. Add salt Allow butter to soften to room temperature. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add to bowl and attach to mixer with dough hook low for 15 minutes. Dough should be elastic after 15 minutes of kneading. Coat dough with small amount of olive oil and put in a bowl to rise. Place bowl in a warm place and let rise until it doubles in size. Separate dough into three equal pieces. Flatten each ball of dough onto an oiled cookie sheet to fill the sheet (do not pull). Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and herbs. Bake in preheated 350i'F oven for about 50 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 3 loaves. Note: You can halve the recipe and bake one focaccia on a large baking sheet.

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