Focaccia Sandwich: the tasty sandwich recipe packed with flavor

Total time: 55 Min + Rising time
Difficulty: Medium
Serves: 8 people
By Cookist

Looking for a light main meal recipe for lazy summer days? This focaccia sandwich is just what you need! Made with homemade focaccia, cream cheese, ham, and salad leaves, it has everything you need to be satisfying and delicious too. The light texture of the focaccia is crisp on the outside, and tender on the inside, while the cream cheese adds just the right amount of creaminess.

What’s great about this recipe, is that you can customize it as you like. Use leftover chicken or leftover roast turkey from Thanksgiving. It’s a great canvas to make any delicious sandwich you want! It’s also great for a crowd, so why not make it next time you host a party or game day?

What Is The Best Focaccia For Making A Sandwich?

Any large, savory focaccia will work with this recipe. For best results, make your own, or use fresh focaccia.

Focaccia Sandwich Ingredients

Extra virgin olive oil – a good quality extra virgin olive oil (or EVOO) is quintessential to making a great focaccia.

Milk – use full cream milk.

Sugar – sugar helps the yeast to work faster; use granulated.

Yeast – make sure not to use expired yeast.

Flour – use durum wheat or 00 flour, and Manitoba flour.

Cream cheese – use plain or flavored cream cheese.

Ham – deli ham or any other leftover roast meat will work.

Salad – use your favorite salad leaves.

Can You Make Focaccia Sandwich from Scratch Ahead Of Time?

Yes, you can! Simply bake and assemble the focaccia, then wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Unwrap and serve when ready.

Focaccia Sandwich Variation Ideas

This Focaccia Sandwich recipe can really be made according to your liking. Here are a few topping ideas to get you started:

  • Basil pesto and roasted vegetables (a delicious vegetarian dish!);
  • Cooked turkey, cream cheese, and cranberry sauce;
  • Serrano ham (or prosciutto), peach preserves, and mature cheddar;
  • Roast beef, horseradish, and caramelized onions;
  • Lamb meatballs, hummus, and tzatziki.

What To Serve With Focaccia Sandwich

This Focaccia Sandwich will taste delicious on its own. But you can also add a salad, or serve it as a side to tomato soup.

How To Store Focaccia Sandwich

Store the focaccia in an airtight container, or wrapped tightly with plastic wrap,


Extra virgin olive oil
70 ml (1/4 cup)
500 ml (2 cups)
10 g (3/4 tbsp)
fresh yeast
10 g (1 tbsp)
Flour 00
250 g (2 cups)
Manitoba flour
250 g (2 cups)
15 g (3/4 tbsp)
Sesame seeds
for the filling
Cream Cheese
Extra virgin olive oil

How To Make Focaccia Sandwich

In a bowl, add the extra virgin olive oil, milk, sugar, and fresh yeast and mix until the sugar and yeast dissolve.

In another bowl, add the flour.

Gradually add the yeast mixture.

Mix with the electric mixer until the dough is created. Add the salt and mix again.

Transfer the dough to the pan covered with parchment paper, and flatten it with a spatula.

Allow the dough to rise for two hours, or until doubled in volume.

Once the focaccia dough has risen, brush the focaccia with the oil and sprinkle the sesame seeds.

Bake in the oven at 180°C/360°F for 35 minutes.

Use a sharp bread knife to slice the focaccia in half. Spread the bottom slice with cream cheese. Place the ham and salad leaves on top of the cream cheese, and season with olive oil and salt.

Cut the focaccia into squares and serve. Enjoy!

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