Learn how to make easy focaccia muffins for savory bread bites that pair perfectly with all your favorite recipes! Mix and match yoru favorite toppings to make them your own. 

A plate of focaccia muffins.

What Are Focaccia Muffins and Reasons You Need This Recipe

Focaccia muffins are basically bite-sized pieces of focaccia bread. Just as flavorful as they are adorable, they bake in a muffin tin, creating perfectly poppable pieces. 

We use Mediterranean-inspired toppings, but anything goes! With our version, you don’t even have to spend time making the dough. 

We’re sharing all our tips and tricks to create bakery-worthy focaccia bites with minimal prep time and a quick cook time. They’re going to become your new favorite side dish recipe! 

Recipe Ingredients 

Below is an overview of the ingredients and instructions for this recipe. Be sure to take a look at the recipe card below for the complete details and nutrition information! 

  • Dinner Rolls – This is our secret to creating showstopping focaccia recipes with ease! We love Rhodes dinner rolls, but any frozen variety will work. 
  • Tomatoes – Grape or cherry tomatoes add a pop of color and a savory, acidic taste. 
  • Olives – A combination of black and green olives adds a tangy, salty flavor that pairs wonderfully with the buttery rolls. 
  • Cheese – Use feta crumbles and parmesan cheese for extra gooey goodness. 
  • Seasonings – Dried oregano and salt enhance the savoriness of the focaccia bites. 
  • Olive Oil – This is crucial to creating a rich flavor and golden exterior! For the best results, use a high-quality olive oil that has a bold, peppery taste. 

Focaccia But Make It Muffins

  1. Rest the dough. Fill each muffin cup with a frozen dinner roll. Then, cover the muffin tin with plastic wrap. Set it aside, letting the dough double in size. 
  2. Indent. Gently press down on each roll, creating several indents with your fingertips. 
  3. Top the muffins. Drizzle each roll with olive oil, filling the indents. Then, add your toppings of choice. 
  4. Bake. Transfer the muffin tin to a preheated oven, and bake until the rolls are golden brown and cooked through. 
  5. Serve. Allow the focaccia muffins to cool slightly in the pan. Then, enjoy warm! 
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Baked focaccia muffins in a muffin tin.

Tips for Success

  • Allow Plenty of Rising Time. It’s crucial to let the dough rest in a warm, dry place. Otherwise the rolls won’t rise up and become soft and fluffy as they bake. 
  • Don’t Skimp on the Oil. Not only does this add tons of flavor, but it also helps the toppings cling to the bread and creates an almost caramelized exterior. 
  • Use Pizza Dough. Don’t have rolls on hand? Roll your favorite pizza dough into balls, and use it instead! 

How to Store

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for two to three days. 
  • Freeze the muffins on a baking sheet until solid. Then, transfer them to a sealable bag, and keep them frozen for up to one month. 
  • Reheat your focaccia bites thawed or frozen in the oven just until heated through. Be careful not to burn! 
Close up image of focaccia muffins topped with tomatoes, olives, and cheese.

Common Questions About This Focaccia Muffins Recipe

Why is focaccia different from bread? 

Flatter than standard bread with a crust on the top and bottom, focaccia is more similar to flatbread than sandwich or artisan bread. However, it isn’t flat and dense but is thick and fluffy, making it truly unique! 

What’s the secret to good focaccia? 

The best focaccia is made with leavened dough that is kept moist throughout the entire process. This allows it to become fluffy and maintain a soft interior. 

What should I serve my focaccia bites with? 

There’s nothing these focaccia muffins don’t pair well with! Try serving them with soups, salads, pasta, and more. For instance, we love to pair them with Boursin cheese pasta, spicy chicken rigatoni, and Moroccan spicy tomato soup

 

More Drool-Worthy Focaccia Recipes

Easy Focaccia Muffins

5 from 7 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 25 minutes
Skip kneading dough and complicated steps, and make these easy, bite-sized focaccia muffins with your favorite toppings of choice instead!

Ingredients  

  • 12 frozen dinner rolls
  • Cherry tomatoes to taste sliced
  • Black olives to taste sliced
  • Green olives to taste sliced
  • Feta cheese to taste crumbled
  • 6 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Dash of salt
  • 12 teaspoons olive oil for drizzling before toppings

Instructions 

  • Place one frozen dinner roll into each muffin cup of an ungreased muffin tin.
    12 frozen dinner rolls
  • Cover the muffin tin with plastic wrap. Rest the dough at room temperature, letting it rise until doubled in size, approximately 6 hours or as per package instructions.
    Dinner rolls in a muffin tin covered with plastic wrap.
  • Once the dough has risen, gently press down on each risen roll using fingertips to create several indents, replicating the appearance of focaccia bread.
    Two hands making indents in raw dinner rolls in a muffin tin.
  • Drizzle each roll generously with a teaspoon of olive oil, ensuring the oil fills the indents created on the surface of the dough.
    12 teaspoons olive oil
    Oil being drizzled over raw dinner rolls in a muffin tin.
  • Add toppings to each roll, filling the indents created earlier. (See notes.)
    Cherry tomatoes to taste, Black olives to taste, Green olives to taste, Feta cheese to taste, 6 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese to taste, 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, Dash of salt
    Unbaked focaccia muffins in a muffin pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
  • Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and cooked through.
  • Once baked, allow the rolls to cool for a few minutes in the muffin tin before transferring them to a serving plate.
    Baked focaccia muffins in a muffin pan.
  • Serve warm, and enjoy the delicious flavors!

Equipment

Notes

Flavor Options: 
  1. Mediterranean Option: Place a few slices of cherry tomatoes, black olives, green olives, and crumbled feta cheese on top of each roll. Sprinkle with a pinch of dried oregano and a dash of salt.
  2. Parmesan Option: Sprinkle each roll with grated Parmesan cheese and a pinch of dried oregano.
  3. Mixed Option: Combine various toppings like tomatoes, olives, and cheese on each roll to create a variety of flavors.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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