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Olive and Tomato Focaccia

Olive and Tomato FocacciaI was recently sent a great little cookbook called The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook. You don’t have to be in college to enjoy this cookbook because it’s filled with quick, easy, and inexpensive recipes using Trader Joe’s products. If you read my blog you know I LOVE Trader Joe’s and I use many of their products on a daily basis. I found this recipe while perusing the cookbook and couldn’t wait to make it. This recipe is simple, quick, and it uses very few ingredients. I adapted it by using homemade Three Olive Tapenade instead of buying some (it’s so easy to make and I had all the ingredients on hand). This will be on our table many times in the future because we all loved it.

Olive and Tomato Focaccia:


  • Pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (more if needed)
  • 3-4 tbsp Three Olive Tapenade (or store-bought)
  • Roma tomato, sliced thinly
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Olive and Tomato Focaccia

How to Make Olive and Tomato Focaccia

Open the pizza dough and place it on a floured surface for 20 minutes. Make the tapenade unless you are using store-bought.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat an 8×12 glass baking dish with a bit of olive oil and spread it around the dish. Season the dish with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Gently need the dough a few times then stretch the dough out with your fingers and place it into the baking dish, pressing the dough down into the bottom of the dish. Use your fingers to punch tiny indentations into the top of the dough. Drizzle more olive oil on top of the dough then spread the tapenade evenly over the top, next layer tomato slices Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Olive and Tomato Focaccia

Bake until the focaccia is puffy and golden, 25-30 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve. Enjoy.

Olive and Tomato Focaccia


Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net


Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook by Andrea Lynn


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  1. that looks yum. must try it someday. btw, if i haven't commented before, i really like your blog and often search it for recipes and have made a few that turned out well 🙂

  2. That pizza dough is perfect for sandwiches too. If you slice up the foccacia, it works like a charm. Delish!

  3. I love Trader Joe's,and I use their pizza crust all the time-it's really good. This looks like a great new way to use their dough!

    Kim in MD

  4. Wow that looks so good! I made a tomato tart last week and now I am wondering why I didn't add some olives to it!! I just found my favorite pizza dough recipe earlier this week. Your post today was great timing for me!

  5. I have got to stop coming here so early in the morning.. once again I'll be day dreaming about your food all day while I'm at work!! I just know this tasted amazingly good!

  6. I love anything made with focaccia! 🙂 Yum! Kind of like a healthier version of pizza.

  7. I may just be making this for dinner tonight. I would never have thought to use pizza dough. I am thrilled to discover this, although, I don't know why I never thought of it myself. Thank goodness you mentioned it.

    I gave a Trader Joe book to my daughter-in-law. Now, I'm curious if this is the same one.

    Thanks for sharing, Pam

  8. What a fun cookbook. I love recipes that only need a few ingredients. Makes it less overwhelming!

  9. Greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa.And watch-out folks for Irene if you live in the east coast. Richard from Amish Stories.

  10. Wow – this looks so gourmet. I'd probably put some sauce drizzled on top. I'm 23 and moving out on my own in a week or two – this is the kind of food I'd like to cook for myself…

  11. I love focaccia … such an easy dough and the options for herbs and toppings are endless! This tomato/olive topping is classic! Great job whetting MY appetite!

  12. Fantastic! Love the recipe and the blog. As a cooking blogger myself, I really appreciate the quality and level of detail in your posts. They are a fun and informative read and I can hardly wait to try some of your recipes myself. Keep up the great work!

  13. What a cool cookbook – sounds perfect for when you need a quick meal. I love their pizza dough – looks delicious!

  14. Great homeade pizza recipe. Every monday we try and spend time as a family. I think we will try making a pizza together as family on this coming monday. Great recipe!!

  15. i am not a big olive fan. However, the overall recipe sounds scrumptious. The crust is great and I adore tomatoes. What might be a replacement for olives do you think that would retain the integrity of the recipe?

  16. Ah I can't believe I never came across this book when I was living in California. It was my favourite place to shop! One of the only places in the area where I lived that made a decent hummus. Great simple recipe!