Treat yourself to the deliciousness of our garlic and chilli focaccia, a real treat for your taste buds. The perfect addition to any meal, this cheater’s side dish combines the best of traditional Italian bread with a delicious garlic, chili, and parsley butter spread. With its soft and fluffy texture and the irresistible aroma of freshly baked bread, this focaccia will enchant your senses. Whether you serve it as a side dish with your favorite pasta or enjoy it on its own as an aromatic snack, our Garlic Chili Focaccia promises to tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more.
- 1 small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1 large red chili, finely chopped (with or without seeds, as you prefer)
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 100 g butter, soft
- 1 large loaf of focaccia
- Mash the crushed garlic into the butter.
- Season well and spread over the focaccia loaf.
- Bake on baking trays at 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6 for 10-15 minutes until hot and crispy.
Equipment and tools
To make this garlic chili focaccia recipe you will need the following equipment and tools:
- mixing bowl
- Fork or small whisk
- Small knife or garlic press
- Sharp knife or kitchen scissors
- parchment paper or baking sheet
This garlic chili focaccia recipe contains the following allergens:
- Gluten (from the focaccia loaf)
- Dairy products (from butter)
Please ensure that these allergens are safe for consumption according to your dietary needs and restrictions.
Storage and leftovers
If you have any leftover garlic chili focaccia, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. To keep the focaccia fresher for longer, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To reheat the focaccia, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the slices on a baking sheet. Bake until heated through, about 5-10 minutes. For a quick and crispy version, you can also toast the slices in the toaster.
Health Benefits of Garlic Chili Focaccia
Garlic chili focaccia is not only a delicious and flavorful bread option, but it also offers a number of health benefits due to its nutrient-dense ingredients. Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of some of the key components:
Known for its powerful medicinal properties, garlic has been used to improve health for centuries. It contains a compound called allicin, which has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects. Consuming garlic regularly can help boost the immune system, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and promote heart health. Additionally, garlic has been linked to potential anti-cancer properties and may help reduce high blood pressure.
2. Red chili
Red chili peppers are rich in capsaicin, a compound that gives them their fiery flavor. Capsaicin is known to have various health benefits, including being a powerful antioxidant that relieves pain and reduces inflammation. Studies also suggest that consuming red chili peppers may aid weight loss by increasing metabolism and reducing appetite. Additionally, capsaicin can help improve digestion, increase blood circulation, and improve cardiovascular health.
Parsley is an aromatic herb that not only adds brightness to dishes but also offers a number of health benefits. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as folic acid and iron. Parsley contains important antioxidants that help protect against oxidative damage and inflammation in the body. Additionally, due to its high vitamin C content, it can support bone health, aid digestion, and promote a healthy immune system.
4. Focaccia bread
The large loaf of focaccia used in this recipe provides a delicious and filling base. Although it’s important to consume bread in moderation, homemade focaccia can be a healthier option compared to processed breads. Focaccia is typically made with olive oil, which is a source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Olive oil has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and may help lower cholesterol. Additionally, homemade bread allows for greater control of ingredients and reduces the intake of preservatives and processed additives often found in store-bought bread.
Overall, enjoying a slice of garlic chili focaccia will not only satisfy your taste buds but also provide various health benefits. From the immune-boosting properties of garlic to the metabolism-boosting effects of red chili peppers, this aromatic bread can be a delicious addition to a balanced diet.