Runner-friendly recipe: easy focaccia bread

We all know pizza is just about the best pre-run dinner around. But when you’ve got a nighttime training run and your office’s kitchenette doesn’t have a toaster oven, your leftover deliciousness can become a soggy, unsatisfying lunch.

I offer this easy focaccia bread recipe as a base for a sort of pizza sandwich, an alternative to the leftover as a stomach-friendly, tasty pre-run lunch. Anything you’d put on a pizza tastes great between two pieces of this bread. Recipe adapted from Fleischmann’s Yeast.

Bake this to go with dinner one night, then use the leftovers for pre-run lunches all week.

Easy foccacia bread

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast, proofed (Scared of yeast, and bread-baking in general? Read this!)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 2/3 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Rosemary, other herbs, to taste
  1. Mix flour, proofed yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoons olive oil and water, stirring until well mixed. Spread dough into greased 13 x 9-inch pan. Cover.
  2. Let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Poke holes into the dough using the handle of a wooden spoon. Drizzle (or spray, if you’ve got an oil mister) olive oil over dough; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and herbs. Cover.
  4. Let rise an additional 15 minutes while oven preheats to 375 degrees F.
  5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until lightly browned.

In other news, I finally saw my marathon-running, former Navy SEAL, rock star of a sports orthopedist about my possibly broken toe. A month after the initial injury, I confirmed that if it was broken, it isn’t broken now—I’m free to run my little heart out (in four-ish mile spurts, every other day)! In the “why it’s great to have a marathoning doctor” department: I confessed that I jogged the Marine Corps 10K on Sunday as one of my first runs back. He asked my time, and after a few seconds of mental calculations, raised an eyebrow and said: “8:30-minute miles isn’t really jogging, you know.” You got me, doc!


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4 responses to “Runner-friendly recipe: easy focaccia bread

  1. Great idea! I love focaccia. Thanks for the recipe. And ditto Dr. P. on your “jog”. 🙂

  2. And this is why we love us some Dr. P!

  3. Liz

    haha you can’t fool him. I’m going to take this as a doctor recommendation if my foot still hurts next week – his bio looks great.

  4. hooray for running again!! lol about those 8:30 jogs. if that’s jogging i think i’ve just been walking!

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