Anyone who truly knows me, knows that I have a thing for good bread — and by good I mean homemade, rustic, artisan type…because there is a lot of terrible bread out there! Growing up my mother would bake bread just about day and never bought loaves from the store. We would trade in our huge country loaf sandwiches that fell apart to our friends who had the whitest as white bread on theirs. Oh if we only knew how lucky we were then! Hence the origins of my love of bread as it is has been the center piece of our working kitchen in our home since I could ever remember. It’s so comforting and warm when it first comes out, it’s takes a lot of patience not to want to rip it open when a homemade loaf comes out!
This focaccia celebrates the rustic garden herbs and those delicate summer new potatoes. The Puglia region in Italy is known as the “garden” of the country, aptly so which is why is a staple of the region. The addition of the potato slices makes the bread extra moist and soft. It keeps the bread hearty and nourishing. Pair it with a rustic pasta or to your cheese and wine spread.