Sunday, February 6, 2011

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread for Pennies

If you're like me, this always happens: You buy some lovely fresh rolls or buns from the bakery, use half of them then watch the other half get old and stale in your pantry before you find some way to put them to good use. Well, I found a way to always use up those pesky stragglers. With just a few ingredients, you'll never have to waste another roll and you'll always have cheesy garlic bread on hand. Bonus!

Here's what you'll need:
  • Bread,* of course
  • Spreadable butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Cheese, shredded or sliced (Mozzarella works well but you can use any cheese you have on hand, which is also great for using up that smidgen of cheese you have in the skinny drawer in your fridge. You know the one.)
  • Dried parsley flakes (or basil, oregano or thyme)
*This works with any type of bread. I've even used left over hot dog buns and they were delicious.

Here's the How-To...

Split the rolls/buns. Top with butter spread, a light dusting of garlic powder (Careful! This can get over-powering!), cheese and parsley. FYI, if you don't have cheese, the bread is still great as garlic bread.

Cover the top of one side of the roll with wax paper. Quickly flip it on top of the other half to make a "wax paper sandwich."

Cover with plastic wrap, then foil and store in a freezer storage bag.

To bake, simply remove the bread from the freezer, spread the foil on a baking sheet or directly on the oven rack. No need to defrost! Discard the plastic wrap and wax paper. Place the bread on the foil cheese-side up and bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it until it's as soft or crispy as you like.

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