- 1 French Baguette (we use wheat)
- 1 cup Spinach
- 4 oz Pepper Jack Cheese
- 4 oz Cheddar Cheese
- 1 bulb Roasted Garlic
- Dipping Sauce (Marinara or Pizza Sauce)
A less guilty version of a extremely tasty, mostly guilty treat. This makes for a great snack or appetizer. See my blog for a story on this.
The first thing that you have to do is roast your garlic bulb. I do this by cutting off the base far enough up so that you can see each individual clove. Next heat a flying pan with olive oil. I like to sear the base of the close for about two minutes. This caramelizes the garlic and adds another layer of flavor. Next I place it in a covered baking pan or I just put a oven safe lid over my pan and place it in the over for 30 minutes on the second shelve at 350 degrees. Yes, this will make your house smell like garlic so shut your bedroom doors and open a window. Below are some more garlic roasting options:
This is a great Garlic Roaster that you will use all the time. You cook it in the oven versus the pan method mentioned above.
This is an electric option. This is the easiest way if you roast a lot of garlic.
Next is the cheese. Take a minute to shred your own cheese. Freshly shredded cheese is always better. It melts better and taste better. Did you know that most cheese manufactures coat their shredded cheese with cellulose to keep it from sticking together? Its just wood pulp but you might as well avoid it if you can because your food will taste better. I like Tillamook brand cheese. I think that it taste better than the other grocery store cheeses.
For the spinach, just chop it as finely and you can.
- Slice the baguette down the center hot dog way. Remember that from elementary school? Don’t slice it like a hot dog bun, slice it in half.
- Using a spoon, take that freshly roasted garlic and spread it on your bread. It should spread like butter. The more you use, the better it will last, and the more friends you will make because of your powerful aroma.
- Sprinkle on a healthy layer of spinach. The more you put on the less guilt you will feel about eating a loaf of bread covered in cheese.
- Pile on the cheese. Pull the shredder out of the sink, shred more cheese. Pile on more cheese.
- Broil on high until the cheese melts and start to drip off the bread. Pull it out when you get a couple of those tan dots on the cheese that makes it Yummy.