It is cold here.
It is Minnesota cold here.
Sub-zero, tingly fingertips, frost on the windows, never-want-to-get-out-of-bed cold.
What’s a gal to do at such times?
Wear extra-thick tights and drink lots of warm beverages. Oh yes, and make some delicious comfort food. Unfortunately this past week was the first week of the semester and I am back to teaching (three times a week no less!), so my available time to create and innovate in the kitchen is reduced.
However, after a long, cold week the more practical side of this vegetarian comes through. Tonight I made a hearty puree lentil soup that was thick, well-spiced and helped me use up some of the odds and ends of some veggies in the fridge to make way for tomorrow’s shopping trip. I love soups and stews in the winter, but it’s just not a meal to me unless it has the right sort of accompaniment. Not really having the time or the will to make my own fresh bread, I procured some (read: Cam went out into the cold to the store at my bidding) crusty bread and came up with a nice way to make store-bought bread the perfect side to any meal in just a few minutes.
Savory Dinner Bread
What you’ll need:
1 medium loaf of wheat or whole-grain bread cut evenly into slices
2 Tbs Earth Balance (or butter/butter-like spread)
2 small radish bulbs, grated
1 Tbs finely chopped green onions
1 Tbs Fresh grated parmesan cheese
What you’ll do:
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine the Earth balance, radish, green onion and cheese thoroughly in a small bowl. Make sure that everything is mixed very well and combined as evenly as possible. With your bread that has been cut into thick, even slices spread the mixture evenly on the front and back of each slice. Once all of the slices have been covered with the spread, re-assemble the loaf (see picture) and wrap in foil, seal all the ends.
Place the bread in the foil packet directly on the rack in the warm oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the spread has melted completely and the entire loaf is warm. Remove from the oven and serve as you please.
…or stand over the stove and eat a few slices alone with a glass of wine in hand.
Not that I would ever do that.
It’s a pretty addictive little concoction. Something about the combination of flavors with the warm bread is irresistible! Though to be fair, just about anything spread on warm bread is pretty delicious…