Focaccia is a popular Italian flatbread that is often served as an appetizer or snack. It has a thick, airy texture and is topped with ingredients like herbs, onions, olives, tomatoes, and cheeses. While best when fresh, leftovers can easily be reheated to restore focaccia’s signature taste and texture.
Reheating focaccia properly is important to avoid ending up with bread that is dried out, soggy, or unevenly cooked. With the right techniques, reheated focaccia can taste nearly as good as it did originally.
The most effective way to reheat focaccia is in the oven. This allows the bread to heat evenly throughout without drying out the exterior.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Wrap the focaccia in aluminum foil and place it directly on the oven rack. Heat for 10–15 minutes until warmed through. Check frequently to avoid overcooking.
For a crisper crust, unwrap the focaccia and place it directly on the oven rack for the last 2–3 minutes. Keep an eye on it so the edges don’t burn.
Using the oven produces the best results for reheating day-old focaccia. It brings back the fluffy interior texture while crisping the top and bottom surfaces. Just be careful not to overcook it.
Toaster Oven Method
A toaster oven can also be used to reheat focaccia effectively. This works well for smaller pieces or single servings.
Preheat your toaster oven to 300°F. Place the focaccia on the rack and toast for 3-5 minutes until warmed through. Check frequently to prevent burning.
For extra crispiness, rub a little olive oil or butter on the surface before placing it in the toaster oven. This will revive the crispy exterior texture.
Toaster ovens are ideal for quickly reheating a single piece of focaccia. The smaller space allows the bread to heat rapidly. Just keep an eye on it to avoid over-toasting.
While the microwave is not ideal, it can be used in a pinch to reheat focaccia. This method may result in bread that is chewier and less crispy.
Place the focaccia on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on medium power in 30-second intervals until warmed through, flipping halfway. Check frequently to avoid overcooking.
You can wrap the bread in a damp paper towel before microwaving to add some moisture and prevent it from drying out. Just keep the paper towel away from the crust edges.
Microwaving focaccia should only be done as a last resort. While it will get the bread warm, it won’t revive the signature crispy texture. Use lower power and shorter cooking times.
For a quick single serving, you can also reheat focaccia in a skillet on the stovetop. This brings back some crispiness to the crust.
Place the focaccia directly in a dry skillet over medium heat. Toast for 1-2 minutes per side until warmed through and the crust is crisped. Add a little olive oil or butter to the pan for extra browning.
Press down gently with a spatula while reheating in the skillet to help crisp up the surface. Don’t press too hard, or the bread may become dense.
Using a skillet is a great option for reviving a single piece of focaccia. It crisps up the crust nicely while warming the interior. Just don’t overcook the bread in the pan.
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Focaccia
To yield the best results when reheating, focaccia should be stored properly after it has cooled. Here are some tips:
- Allow the focaccia to cool completely before storing. Storing while still warm can lead to premature spoilage.
- Wrap tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap to prevent drying out.
- Store in the refrigerator for 3–4 days maximum. The bread will start to stale and mold after that.
- Frozen focaccia will keep for 2–3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
- Avoid storing focaccia at room temperature, as this causes fast drying and spoilage. Refrigeration is best.
With proper storage, focaccia can be reheated back to freshness using the oven, toaster oven, or skillet methods. Let it come to room temperature before serving for the best texture.
Choosing the Right Reheating Method
The reheating method you choose will depend on several factors:
- Number of pieces: the oven is best for multiple pieces; a toaster oven or skillet is better for just one or two.
- Desired texture: an oven or toaster oven work well if you want to recrisp the crust. Microwaves will make it soft.
- Time: The skillet method is the fastest. The oven and toaster oven take more time to preheat and bake evenly.
- Equipment available: If you don’t have an oven, a toaster oven or microwave can work. Skillet reheats just one piece.
Consider how many pieces you have, your desired end texture, time restraints, and appliance availability when picking the best reheating method.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
There are a few common mistakes people make when reheating focaccia:
- Not heating evenly: thick bread needs to be warmed through, or the center can remain cold.
- Overcooking: Focaccia dries out easily if cooked too long. Check frequently.
- Making the crust soggy: microwaves steam the crust. Avoid covering in foil the whole time in the oven.
- Rubbing garlic butter on top: This can make reheated focaccia greasy. Lightly brush instead.
- Not warming to room temperature before serving: cold spots will be more noticeable. Let it rest for 5–10 minutes after reheating.
Reheat slowly, check often, let rest before eating, and avoid too much moisture for the best results.
Common Questions About Reheating Focaccia
Reheating focaccia correctly takes some technique. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
How do you keep focaccia crispy when reheating?
Wrap in foil while reheating in the oven, then unwrap and crisp up the crust for the last few minutes. You can also reheat it in a skillet to add crispiness. Avoid microwaving, which makes the crust soggy.
Should you brush oil or butter on top before reheating?
Yes, a light brush of olive oil or melted butter before reheating in the oven or toaster oven will help revive a crispy crust. Just avoid overdoing it, or the bread may get greasy.
What is the best way to reheat a whole focaccia?
The oven method works best for reheating a whole focaccia evenly throughout. Preheat to 350°F, wrap in foil, and reheat for 10–15 minutes until warmed through. Finish unwrapped for a crisper crust.
Can you reheat focaccia under a broiler?
It’s not recommended. Broilers cook very intensely from one direction, which may burn the surface before the middle is warmed through. Use the oven or toaster oven instead for even reheating.
Should you reheat focaccia, cut side down or up?
For even reheating, place the cut side down so the crisper crust side can warm from contact with the pan or oven rack. This helps soften the interior while crisping the bottom crust.
Reheating focaccia back to its original glory takes finesse but is certainly achievable with the right techniques. With the proper methods, your leftover focaccia can taste nearly as good as it did fresh from the bakery.
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