Italian Herb Bread from the Bread Machine

I’ve been using my bread machine more and more lately. I’ve had it for years, and probably like a lot of people’s bread makers, mine spends a lot of time in the back of the pantry sitting quietly. That’s kind of sad, because it makes great loaves of bread. Now, they’re not quite the perfect loaves I can get at the locally-owned bakery shop, but they’re mighty darned good and they leave the house smelling delicious.

This Italian herb bread has a tremendous aroma and taste. It made for the perfect sandwich bread. A nice light crust and soft insides, but not so soft that it can’t hold up to a mound of sandwich meat and cheese.
Any leftover ends or less-than-perfect pieces of this Italian herb bread get turned into fantastic croutons. Great croutons. So good in fact that I wouldn’t hesitate to make a loaf just for croutons.

Italian Herb Bread from the Bread Machine
Recipe type: Bread
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Serves: 1 loaf
  • 10-12 ounces lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flake
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeat
  1. Add ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed (check with your bread machine maker if it requires a different order for the dry and wet ingredients).
  2. Select the French bread setting and start the bread cycle.
  3. Let cool slightly after baking before slicing.

Italian Herb Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

We love French fries. But we don’t like heating up the house on a hot day just to enjoy some fries. That’s where my Char-Broil Big Easy comes in. I can cook (reheat, technically) frozen fries in it just like I would indoors. I like to kick-up my fries, and these Italian herb fries are definitely kicked-up. A little butter and a few tasty herbs and it’s time to devour some mighty tasty fries!
Italian Herb Fries on the Char-Broil Big EasyTo make these Italian herb fries I use the Char-Broil Big Easy cooking rack. Instead of the grates that come with the rack I use 9″ non-stick pie pans. You can also use 8″ pans and just set them on top of the grates.

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Italian Herb Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
You'll need a Big Easy cooking rack or a Bunk Bed basket to cook these fries.
  • 1/2 bag (about 1 pound) frozen French fries
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, slightly crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, slightly crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, slightly crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Add the fries to the cooking rack, or as I do, place them in 9" non-stick pie pans. Place into the Big Easy and cook until golden brown, 20-30 minutes. Fries towards the bottom of the rack might get done sooner, so start checking them after 20 minutes.
  3. Pour the fries into a large bowl.
  4. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  5. Stir in the spices.
  6. Pour butter mixture over the fries and toss to coat. Note: It's completely optional, but you can also return the fries to the Big Easy, after coating them, for about 5 minutes to get a little extra crunch on them and kind of 'set' the spices and butter.
  7. Serve.