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Italian Potato Focaccia Bread

Italian Potato Focaccia Bread

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We learned to make focaccia with potatoes when we stayed in Puglia, which is in the “heel of the boot” of Italy. Here, focaccia bread is made fresh every few days and used as a snack, with meals, or sliced and stuffed to make delicious sandwiches.

And, focaccia has been around here for a long time. It traces back to pre-Roman times when focaccia bread was cooked in the hot coals of open ovens. The name focaccia is actually derived from the Latin word for hearth.

Back in these times, the bread was made simply with coarse flour, olive oil, and salt. These days, however, Italian focaccia bread comes in many forms. Ingredients such as onions, rosemary, Parmesan cheese, olives, or leeks have made their way into popular Italian focaccia recipes.

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Italian Potato Facaccia Recipe

One of our favorites is potato focaccia bread. Mashed potatoes are incorporated with the flour, resulting in a light, fluffy, moist bread. The potato starches react with the wheat starches chemically. This reaction creates a lighter dough that can hold more moisture and that requires less rising time.

Our version uses lots of olive oil, which is a common technique in Puglia. The extra oil enhances moistness and also allows it to get crispy on the outside and stay nice and soft in the middle when toasted or grilled.

You can add your favorite ingredient to this basic recipe, making rosemary or onion focaccia. Or, enjoy it plain and piping hot from the oven.

Yield: 6 servings

Focaccia with Potatoes

Focaccia with Potatoes

Focaccia with Potatoes is a recipe that will yield a light, moist, and delicious Italian bread that is so easy to make!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups (384g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Medium Potato, Boiled and Peeled
  • 1 Cup (237ml) Warm Water
  • 1/2 Package (1 1/4 teaspoons or 3.5g) Dry Active Yeast
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons (9g) Sea Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons (60ml) Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water.
  2. Thoroughly mash the potato or run it through a potato ricer if possible.
  3. Place the flour on a dry clean cooking surface or the center of a large bowl.
  4. Made a well in the center.
  5. Add the potato to the well along with the yeast mixture and the olive oil.
  6. Begin to combine by pinching together the potatoes from the center with the surrounding flour.
  7. Add the remaining warm water and salt when about 1/2 of the potato and flour mixture are combined.
  8. Once a ball of dough is formed, kneed it for 10 minutes.
  9. Let the dough to rest for 30 minutes in a covered bowl in a warm place.
  10. Liberally coat the bottom of a deep 10" by 10" baking dish.
  11. Press the dough into the pan leaving some room around the edges for the bread to expand.
  12. Liberally coat the top of the dough with oil then place the pan in the center of a preheated 350 F (177 C) oven.
  13. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the bread is golden brown.
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A special thank you to Chef Gianna Greco of Cooking Experience in Lecce, Italy. We adapted our recipe from her version that we sampled during a recent cooking class. 

Malou

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

Also, what is the weight is the weight of the yeast you are using. Your Tablespoons are 15ml measure?

Jen

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

3.5 grams of dry active yeast (1 1/4 teaspoon)

Malou

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

what is the weight of the flour and the weight of the potato please.

Jen

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Potato about 173g flour 384g

Michelle welch

Sunday 17th of December 2017

Fabulous bread! Marrying potato bread and focaccia, brilliant Italians! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Jen

Tuesday 26th of December 2017

Thank you!

smita

Friday 30th of June 2017

Hi! about how much mashed potato is this? 1/2 cup? 3/4 cup? Thanks!

Jen

Friday 30th of June 2017

1 medium potato would be about 1/2 cup mashed. Good luck!

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