2 tablespoons salt
1 pound eggplant
6 tablespoons olive oil
8 slices Italian bread
1 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
Peel and slice eggplant into 1/4-inch rounds. Cut each round in half and sprinkle with salt. Place slices in a colander over a bowl or in a sink. Let eggplant sit until it begins to weep, about 1 hour. Using paper towels, press eggplant to release moisture. Wipe off moisture and salt from slices.
In a 10-inch saut
Faccia de Vecchia (Old Woman’s Face)
1 (16 ounce) box Pillsbury hot roll mix or your
favorite one-pound bread machine roll recipe
1 cup hot water
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 pound raw Italian sausage (mild or hot), casing removed
1 large, sweet onion, chopped
5 ounces shredded Asiago cheese or any hard, sharp grating cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
If using roll mix, prepare as directed with water, butter and egg but skip over the dough rising step. Roll the dough into a large rectangle, about the size of a jellyroll pan. Dough will be quite thin, but be sure there are no holes.
Cover the rectangle with very small pieces of the sausage, flattening the pieces and dotting them all over the dough until you have used all of the meat. Sprinkle the raw onion and then the cheese over the sausage in an even layer. Sprinkle the top with black pepper to taste.
Starting along the long side of the rectangle, roll the dough, jellyroll style. As you roll, gently squeeze and stretch the dough until you have a log about 1 1/2 times as long as what you started with.
Slice the roll in 1/2-inch pieces and place on air-bake cookie sheet that has been coated with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and the sausage appears cooked.
Serves 12 to 14.
Nutrition values per serving: 269 calories, 14 g fat, 24 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 11 g protein, 34 mg cholesterol, 487 mg sodium
Herbed Flat Bread
This is a rich, flat bread that you break apart with your hands when the dish is passed to you, buttery with garlic and herbs and kinda sweet. IT GOES FAST!
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup milk, scalded and cooled to room temperature
2 packages dry yeast
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into small chunks
3 large egg yolks
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 to 4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs; rosemary, basil,
savory and parsley (or 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons dried basil,
thyme and oregano)
5 cloves garlic, peeled and put through a garlic press
or finely chopped
Pam cooking spray or additional oil
1 large egg white, lightly beaten (optional)
In a small bowl, stir 2 teaspoons sugar into the warm milk and sprinkle yeast over the top; let stand until foamy (5 to 10 minutes).
In a food processor, put remaining 1/4 cup sugar, flour, salt and butter and pulse until combined. Add the yeast mixture and egg yolks; process until mixed well, 20 to 30 seconds. Put dough into a large bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap; put in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Roll the dough into a this, large irregular circle (or 3 to 3 smaller circles). Spread the soft butter over the dough and sprinkle with herbs and garlic. Fold the dough in half and roll up the edges to seal. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray (of lightly with oil) and place dough on it. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise until not quite doubled (about 45 to 55 minutes – preheating oven to 350 degrees F after 30 minutes).
Brush bread with beaten egg white for a shiny top and bake until golden (40 minutes for large, 25 to 30 for smaller) and serve warm.
A rich, lightly sweetened egg and milk yeast dough, rolled out and covered with herbs and garlic, and folded over into and irregular half-moon shape, this primitive bread is PURE HEAVEN!
Italian Herb Focaccia with Three Cheeses and Caramelized Onions
Source: Pastry chef Bill Gormley of The Greenbrier
2 cups water, at 70 degrees F
2 teaspoons RapidRise yeast
4 to 4 1/2 cups bread or all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/4 cup olive oil, plus additional for coating dough
Place water and dry yeast in a 5-quart Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. Let sit 5 minutes.
Scoop in bread flour, and add salt and 1/4 cup olive oil. Mix 6-7 minutes. Dough will be sticky but manageable. Cover dough well with olive oil and a damp cloth.
When the dough has risen, take it out of the bowl and place on a 15-inch-by-10-inch baking sheet that has been coated with olive oil. Push the dough outward with your hands. Let the dough rest and repeat until the dough totally covers the baking sheet and doesn’t spring back.
Let the dough rest on the baking sheet until it reaches double its size. While waiting, gather the following ingredients:
2 onions, sliced and caramelized (see note)
3/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese
3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded Gruy
3 cups mashed potatoes
1/2 cup lard
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
After mashed potatoes are cooled, cut in lard and mix; add remaining ingredients and knead. Roll out very thin and bake on lefse grill.
1 loaf Italian bread
1/3 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
3/4 cup chopped tomato
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
Cut bread in half lengthwise. Place cut side up on foil.
Combine oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle over bread. Sprinkle with green onions and tomato. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake at 500 degrees F for 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted and edge is browned.
1 (30 ounce) package (12 rolls) frozen
cinnamon roll dough (with icing)
1 cup frozen unsweetened pitted tart
cherries, thawed and drained
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons toasted, sliced almonds
1/4 cup granola (no dates or raisins)
1 teaspoon milk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Thaw dough according to package directions. Cut each roll into 4 pieces. Arrange pieces about 1/2 inch apart on a greased 12-inch pizza pan or in a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Gently press pieces together to form a crust.
Toss cherries with 1/4 cup powdered sugar; spoon over crust. Top with almonds and granola. Cover; let rise in a warm place 1 hour.
Bake in a 375 degrees F oven 20 to 25 minutes or till center is done, covering with foil the last 10 minutes, if necessary. Cool on a rack 10 minutes.
Combine icing packets, remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar, milk, and extract; drizzle over bread.
Okra Fry Bread
Source: Paula Deen
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup self-rising flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups water
1 (16 ounce) bag whole okra, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
1/2 cup chopped Vidalia onions
1 tablespoon clarified butter, plus more as needed
In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour and salt. Whisk in water to make a thin batter. Stir in okra and onions.
Over medium heat, add clarified butter to a cast iron skillet. Use a small ladle to pour batter onto skillet. Pan should be hot enough to make batter sizzle. Cook until underside is browned, about 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and brown on the other side. Repeat with additional batter, adding more butter as necessary.
Olive and Rosemary Focaccia
Source: Bridgford Frozen Bread
1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1/2 cup pimento-stuffed green olives
1/2 cup kalamata (Greek) olives or ripe olives, pitted
Fifteen minutes before baking, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease 12-inch round pizza pan or large flat baking sheet.
On lightly floured surface, roll dough into 12-inch circle. Spread dough to rim of pizza pan or place on greased baking sheet. Brush dough with olive oil. Prick entire surface of dough with fork. Sprinkle with rosemary. Top evenly with olives, if using. Let dough rise in warm area until puffy.
Press olives back into dough and bake in preheated oven 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
To use for sandwich, cut into 6 to 8 wedges. Using sharp serrated knife, cut each wedge in half horizontally.
Yield: 6 to 8 large wedges
Pesto Chicken Bruschetta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic, coarsely chopped
8 (1/4-inch) diagonal slices sourdough bread
1/2 cup Asiago cheese, grated
2 tablespoons prepared pesto
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
12 slices mozzarella cheese
2 tomatoes, sliced
In a 10-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon garlic. Add 4 slices bread. Cook over medium-high heat, turning once, 5 to 7 minutes or until toasted. Remove from pan. Add remaining oil and garlic; repeat with remaining bread slices. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Asiago on bread.
In same skillet, combine pesto and pepper. Add chicken, coating with pesto. Cook over medium-high heat, turning once, 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken is brown.
Place 3 slices of mozzarella on each bread slice; top with tomato slice. Slice chicken pieces in half horizontally. Place on tomato; sprinkle with remaining Asiago cheese.
Makes 4 servings.