Focaccia can be topped with a variety of herbs, spices and vegetables. Yeast is the active ingredient and an instant read thermometer can be used to get water to the proper temperature for the yeast. Knead the dough and rub oil on it prior to allowing it to rest and rise. It should double in volume. Right before placing the dough in the oven, use a liberal amount of olive oil on the top and add the seasonings of your choice. Have patience while making this classic Italian bread, it has a savory taste and is perfect on your table.
Nikki operates 24 Prince Restaurant in New York City as the chef and co-owner. Trained for many years in back of house and in front of house operations with great chefs like Jean-Georges, Shaun Doty and Anne Quatrano, Nikki believes a great chef must understand how to run a business as well as possess outstanding cooking skills. She is also a certified sommelier with extensive wine knowledge. Nikki loves not being restricted to any one particular cuisine and experiments with flavors and ingredients from all over the world. She considers growing up in New York to be the best culinary education one can obtain and says her family and friends constantly tease her about how passionate she is about food. Her future plans are to expand her restaurant group with several new concepts.