When I go to my favorite grocery store (Wegmans!) I cannot help but pick up a loaf of one of their delicious breads. I try to limit my carbs but fresh baked bread is worth splurging on. Problem is I will often bring it home and remember that we are having something like tacos for dinner. This is a great time to turn that bread into a fun snack. Invite some friends over, open a bottle of wine and dig into fresh bread.
Here are my three favorite ways to turn a loaf of bread into a party!
The simplest... Olive Oil and Herb Dip
- Loaf of Bread (Or three!)
- Olive Oil (think maybe 1/8 to 1/4 c per person)
- Garlic Salt - About 2 TB
- Cracked Black Pepper - 1 TB
- Sea Salt - 1 tsp
- Italian Seasoning - Between 2-6 TB depending on your taste
- Mix the olive oil and herbs and start dipping.
Stepping it up a little - Pesto Bread
- Loaf of bread
- Jarred Pesto Spread (We use the Barilla brand)
- Chopped Fresh Tomato (optional)
- Diced fresh Mozarella (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400
- Slice bread thinly
- Spread Pesto on each slice. Place on a cooking tray.
- Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes. You want your bread to get crusty.
- Optional: Mix the mozarella and diced tomato with 1TB olive oil. Put on cooked pesto bread.
- Loaf of bread
- Half of a log to a full log of goat cheese. (We use half a log for the four of us)
- Olive Oil
- Rosemary springs (fresh is best but dry is fine)
- 1 tsp Minced garlic (or 1/2 tsp dry garlic salt)
- Sea Salt
- Optional - Diced fresh tomato
- Preheat oven to 350
- In a mixing bowl combine goat cheese, garlic and rosemary. It will be a mixture of crumb like texture
- Spray a small baking pan with cooking spray.
- Push the goat cheese mix into the pan and press it down.
- Top with drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of sea salt and optional tomatoes.
- Bake 10-15 minutes. You'll know it's down when it starts to brown and bubble.