Product Review: Oscar Meyer Deli-Creations Tuscan-Style Chicken Focaccia Sandwich

Are you one of those cooks that have learned tender meat is beyond your realm of understanding? Can't seem to get perfect gravy? Do you find yourself turning green with envy when you savor meals at the homes of others while yours seem to lay like lumps on the serving platter? Then perhaps it's time to welcome a slow cooker into your home.

If you are on a weight loss, low-fat, or sodium reduced diet, this is not the sandwich for you. There are focaccia bread calories with of those from fat. Saturated fat is 23% of your daily intake, cholesterol is 17%, and sodium is 39%. The upside is it does contain 4% vitamin A, 30% calcium, 25% vitamin C, and 15% iron. Of course, nowhere on the package does it claim to even be remotely healthy. The nutritional information of the other varieties is comparable.

Also new to the menu is a blackened Ahi tuna sandwich for $9.95, featuring thin slices of tuna on a toasted slow cooker focaccia bun with avocado, oven-roasted tomatoes, greens and spiced tartar sauce.



Nothing is worse than being really excited about a new recipe only to find that you don't have the proper ingredients. After you have found a recipe, check to make sure you have all the ingredients on hand. If you don't, choose another easy recipe.

Cover the bowl and allow to sit at room temperature until the surface is dotted with bubbles and there is a sweet almost yeasty aroma- 12 to 18 hours.

The second half of the book allows Reinhart to do what he does best, bake. The recipes are all here and Reinhart makes them easy to replicate. He claims to have the ability to identify all of the ingredients and cooking methods of anything he eats. Further, he shares these secrets with the reader. With the numerous recipes, you will be able to reproduce some of the most famous pizzas in the world. He adds his take on "Pepe's" (Wooster Street, New Haven, Connecticut) world famous clam pizza, New York style, Chicago style, slow cooker focaccia bread as well as numerous other pizzas. He gives tips on grilling pizza and even devotes some lessons on "tossing" pizza in the air!

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My personal favorite use for olive oil with my bread is to make a homemade loaf of focaccia bread. I shape the bread in a free form circle similar to a pizza. After allowing the dough to rise I put finger indentations all over the top of the focaccia bread and then simply drizzle olive oil into the little indentations. I then add herbs and garlic and some coarse salt to the top. Since I have just oiled the top of the loaf they stick really well to the bread. For a change I might add some sun dried tomatoes and perhaps even some sliced olives. Bake this in the oven just as you would any other loaf of bread and when it comes out you have a wonderful taste treat that you can be proud to serve at any family meal, or perhaps you want to sneak off and eat it all by yourself.

I believe that recipe translation is all that is generally required. So the next time you are searching the web for a recipe, please consider whether you want to search a little focaccia bread a short history and try the real recipe.