Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pizza Bread aka A Great way to Use Day-Old Bread

Last week I found myself with company coming and not a lot in the fridge.  I took a look around and realized I had the makings for Pizza Bread.  This is a great side, especially when you've got a house full of kids.

Day old bread
Fresh Garlic
Jarred Marinara sauce
Shredded Parmesan
Grated Mozzarella
Fresh Mozzarella
Fresh Basil

First I set the oven to 375º, then cut the bread into 3/4" slices; thick enough to stand up to the toppings, but not too thick for little mouths.  I toasted them in the toaster (so that they wouldn't get soggy when I put on the sauce) then rubbed the toasted tops with a peeled, raw garlic clove.  This is a classic trick where the fresh garlic is almost grated onto the toast.  (In another application, you can drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle it with salt and have a really tasty side for any pasta dish.)

Then, I arranged the toasted, garlic-rubbed bread on a cookie sheet and piled on the ingredients.  First the marinara sauce (leftovers from a jar I had opened for spaghetti the night before), scattered torn basil leaves over the sauce, sprinkled the grated Mozzarella, cut the fresh Mozzarella balls into 1/4's and spread them around, sprinkled the Parmesan on the top, and finished with a good dose of salt and freshly ground pepper.

Pop the cookie sheet into the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is light brown and bubbling.


Mom's Tip
Cut the bread into quarters for little hands and let stand for at least 5 minutes so as to not burn their little mouths.


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