This is actually the second part to my other post featuring my Paleo Pen Pals recipe. The premise is simple; you are matched up with someone in another location and swap local or interesting ingredients that you are to cook with or give a review on. My pen pal match up this month was with Becky over at Weekend Cavegirl. She sent me a can of wild blueberries which I featured in my Grain Free Berry Clafoutis post along with juniper berries. I decided that I would use the juniper berries in an adaptation of an Italian recipe for stuffed focaccia. I even had to translate the page the original recipe came from!
Focaccia Ripiena di Cavolo e Speck (Focaccia Stuffed with Cabbage & Bacon)
Recipe for pizza dough, doubled
1 medium head of cabbage, cored and sliced into shreds
10 slices of thick-cut bacon, diced
2 tsp juniper berries
4 cups broth
2 tbsp avocado oil
sea salt & pepper to taste
Optional: 1/4 cup of grated pecorino romano
Take the juniper berries and place them in a pan over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and place in a coffee or spice grinder and grind to a powder.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat up the avocado oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Add the cabbage, salt and pepper and saute for a couple of minutes. Add the broth, cover and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. While this is cooking, make the dough. After kneading it, separate into 2 balls like this:
Spread one ball out into a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish coming all the way up the sides like this:
Spread the other ball out onto a large piece of parchment like this:
Now back to the cabbage. After the 20 minutes are up, add in the diced bacon and ground juniper.
Cook until almost all the liquid is evaporated, about 10-15 minutes. Add in the cheese, if using, and combine well.
Add the cabbage mixture to your dough in the dish like this:
Next take the other dough that’s on the parchment and flip it over onto the top of the dish, pinching the dough together all around the edges like this:
Place it in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until the top is nice and golden brown.
Slice and enjoy!
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