Stuffed Focaccia – Jamie Oliver 30 minute meal

Stuffed Focaccia – Jamie Oliver 30 minute mealTonight I made part of one of  Jamie Oliver’s 30-Minute Meals and it only took about 10 minutes because the instructions were to put all the ingredients onto a wooden board and to chop them all up together. Meanwhile the bread is put in the oven to warm up. We had some shaved ham in the fridge so I threw that in – you might be able to see it in the photo – but that’s not in his original recipe. I also made a coleslaw from cabbage, red onion, zucchini and carrots dressed with oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, red chili and coriander.

This is a good hearty meal with an excellent combination of flavours and a really quick dinner. What’s not to like?


Recipe: Stuffed Focaccia

Ingredients  Stuffed Focaccia – Jamie Oliver 30 minute meal

  • 1 x 400g focaccia loaf BUY HERE
  • 1 x 450g jar of peppers BUY HERE
  • 1 tsp capers, drained BUY HERE
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil BUY HERE
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped up
  • 3 or 4 cornichons BUY HERE
  • Small bunch of fresh mint
  • ½ a lemon
  • Parmesan cheese, for grating BUY HERE


  1. Put the focaccia into the oven to warm for around 15 minutes.
  2. Put the jarred peppers, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, the red chilli, tomatoes and cornichons on a chopping board.
  3. Pick the leaves from the mint.
  4. Finely slice the chilli, then chop and slice all the filling ingredients together on the board and sweep into a bowl.
  5. Add a lug of extra virgin olive oil, squeeze over the juice of the lemon, then scrunch and mix together with your hands.
  6. Take the focaccia out of the oven. Carefully halve it across the middle with a sharp serrated bread knife and open it like a book.
  7. Spread the pickle filling over the bottom half, drizzle over any juices left behind in the bowl, and finely grate over a good layer of Parmesan.
  8. Put the top on the sandwich and take it to the table.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4


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  1. Wow! A 30-minute Jamie meal in less than 30 minutes. Amazing. Love the stuffed foccacia. Looks great xx

  2. I love everything about it! It’s healthy, delicious and with so little effort. Sounds wonderful to me:)

  3. I love focaccia, what a tasty meal with that lovely filling!

  4. Well, three other dishes certainly were not needed and the recipe had enough oomph in spite of being basically vegetarian! I have refound Jamie’s book from under the piles and piles of others [thanks to you!] – methinks I have never done a complete meal from it – always picked one or two dishes to suit, but basically these have worked out very well!

    • Jaime is a great chef and understands flavour combinations well. I haven’t had a bum dish from his book yet. I think it was worth you digging it out of the pile. I do think he feeds his family too much food though if this is what they get every night. And desserts are just not necessary. We don’t do the heavy physical labour that our forefathers did before us when heaps of calories were necessary. Unless you are a lumberjack or farmer, that is.

      • I began following him whilst he was a youngster: probably because he was one!! Looking at Jools and the kids, I don’t think he does the ‘wrong thing’: she is too bf etc strong for him anyways :) ! He and I come from different worlds, but I have a lot of respect looking at the ‘greenie’. ‘healthy’ etc work he has done around the world. Somehow, to me, he is a quintessssential example of a boy from an ‘ordinary’ [not meant badly!] background who either could think straight, honest and true OR had very good advisors! God bless either way!! We all owe him one!!!!!

        • Yes, and all we see is the TV programs of their life, of course. It’s all well orchestrated for the viewers. He is a great influencer and uses his power for good and that’s all we can ask of these high profile people. He has probably had excellent help to get where he is but he must be a smart chap himself.

  5. I’m so impressed your Jamie 30 minute meal took less than 30 minutes… mine took WAY more than 30 minutes. Although, I tried a 30 miute meal when I first started my blog so I’m sure if I tried it again now, I’d be much faster. You’ve inspired me to try harder! Yum… the foccacia looks fabulous.

    • Amanda, don’t be too impressed, I only did one of the four dishes. But I do believe I have got faster from making his dinners because of the techniques he uses.

  6. I love focaccia in all shapes and forms and stuffed foccacia makes for a wonderful meal!
    Your picture is amazing…it is making me really hungry

  7. I just made this for my partner, I’m not much of a cook do was really easy for me. It was so delicious & healthy, thanks for this great recipe :)

  8. Loved the recipe, definately I am gonna try it!

  9. A truly brilliant recipe. I came across it while surfing the tv. Can you remember what season this recipe is from? I would like to see the video again as i am not a great cook . lol

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