Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Easy Dinner Idea with a loaf of Artisan Bread

Last night MaMa was feeling uninspired when it came to deciding what to make for dinner.  She said she'd put a loaf of the Joseph's Grainery Artisan Bread Recipe (found here) into the oven and that she'd have to figure it out by the time the loaf came out of the oven.  Well, this is what we had for dinner.  Pizza on artisan bread and salad with home made croutons.  I loved it!  Pizza is one of my favorites!

All she did was cut the loaf into about 5 slices (minus the ends, set those aside for the croutons).  She spread pasta sauce over each slice then layered with shredded cheese and pepperoni.  She topped it off by sprinkling Italian seasoning on top.  Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees and dinner is almost ready.

For the croutons she cut up the heels of the loaf into pieces 1 inch and smaller.  She also salvaged any large "crumbs" created while cutting the loaf.  She placed the pieces on a baking sheet, lightly sprayed them with cooking spray and then toasted them at 400 for about 7 minutes.  Then put the warm croutons on top of the prepared salad.  She says she could have seasoned them any number of ways, but they were just fine with nothing.

How's that for coming up with a dinner idea in less than 20 minutes with what we already had in the fridge and pantry?  I think MaMa deserves an A+ for this one!


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