Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.




Cheese Focaccia Dippers

Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes Copycat Recipe

Serves 6-8

2 1/3 cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons yeast
6 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Crunchy Cheese Topping:
2 cups crushed ritz crackers
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 c up butter or margarine, melted
3 cups velveeta cheese, shredded
2 cups american cheese, shredded
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

In a bowl, combine warm water with sugar and yeast. Whisk to dissolve sugar and yeast. Let stand for 2 minutes. Place flour, salt and canola oil in the bowl of a stand tabletop mixer. Add the sugar-yeast mixture and mix for 3 minutes.

Divide the dough in half and form into two balls. Place the balls on a floured surface. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Stretch each dough ball to form a large oval shape and place on separate 9-by-13-inch greased baking sheets. Allow to stand again for 10 minutes at room temperature. In a bowl, combine Ritz cracker crumbs, seasoned salt and 1/2 cup melted margarine or butter, and thoroughly mix. Set cracker mixture aside. Coat each focaccia with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Layer on all the cheeses, splitting measurements between the two focaccias. Sprinkle crushed cracker topping over the top of each focaccia. Bake in a preheated 425-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crust is browned and cheese is melted. Cut into dipping sized strips and serve with your favorite tomato soup.

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