Bread Machine Italian Herb Bread

I am not a baker. That’s why I have a bread machine. I’m lucky even still to get something that resembles a loaf of bread. And I’m really lucky (and happy) if I get a loaf that tastes as fantastic as this Italian herb bread. The aroma from this bread as it bakes is insane. If I could bottle it I would put it into air fresheners. Herbs are throughout the bread so there’s no chance you take a bite and don’t get all that deliciousness.

Bread Machine Italian Herb Bread

I wouldn’t change a thing about this bread machine Italian herb bread. Well, that’s sort of true. I sometimes sneak in a pinch or two or three of red pepper flake. Just enough for a bit of spiciness but not so much that the bread is ‘hot’. But trust me, the bread is fantastic just as it is.

Bread Machine Italian Herb Bread

I sometimes sneak in a pinch or two or three of red pepper flake.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 259kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place ingredients into bread machine in the order listed.
  • Process on dough cycle.
  • Lightly flour a flat work surface and your hands. Remove dough from bread machine and work into a ball, folding with your hands.
  • Transfer to lightly oiled bread baking pan.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Transfer to a warm place and let rise until doubled, 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Carefully remove the wrap. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 347mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Pimento Cheese Spread

I made a big batch of super-tasty roasted tomato soup the other day. I think it’s pretty much law that you must have a grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of tomato soup. But, if you know me, I had to do things just a bit different. So, I decided to make pimento cheese. I’ve made pimento cheese grilled cheese sandwiches before, and I loved them, so to change things up I made pimento cheese bread sticks. I just took a great creamy pimento cheese mixture and spread it over toasted ciabatta bread. Under the broiler for a bit and then… fantasticness!

Pimento Cheese Spread

On the off-chance that you have some leftover pimento cheese spread, I cannot recommend enough just how great it can be on grilled burgers or hot dogs.

Also try my easy pimento cheese.

Pimento Cheese Spread

Creamy pimento cheese mixture, spread over toasted ciabatta bread. Under the broiler for a bit and then… fantasticness!
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 467kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup Asiago cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 4 ounce jar pimentos drained, reserve liquid
  • 2 pinches dried red pepper flake optional

Instructions

  • Combine the cheddar, Asiago and mayonnaise in a bowl.
  • Empty the jar of pimentos into a small food processor and pulse a few times.
  • Stir the pimentos into the cheese mixture. Add the pimento juice a little at a time, stirring. Add more juice until you get the consistency you desire.
  • Stir in the red pepper flake, if using.
  • Spread on crunchy bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 703IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 558mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Grilled Garlic Parsley Cheese Bread

When I made a big ole batch of smoked NOLA shrimp the other day I knew I needed something for sopping up that delicious, spicy, rich sauce left at the bottom of the plate. Grilled garlic parsley cheese bread to the rescue! The bread gets delightfully crunchy on the grill. The cheesy topping has hints of garlic with fresh parsley. On both sides of the bread! Yes! Double the flavor! I love garlic bread. But garlic bread with the topping on both sides? Crazy good!

Grilled Garlic Parsley Cheese Bread

You do have to keep an eye on your grilled garlic parsley cheese bread. Well, at least while you’re grilling it. Maybe after, too, in case someone wants to steal one of your pieces. As the butter melts, it may drip down into your grill and case a little flame up. If that happens (and it probably will), just temporarily move the bread away from the flame using some tongs. Wait for the fire to die back down, then move the bread back over the direct heat. No problem.

Also try my easy grilled chimichurri bread.

Grilled Garlic Parsley Cheese Bread

When I made a big ole batch of smoked NOLA shrimp the other day I knew I needed something for sopping up that delicious, spicy, rich sauce left at the bottom of the plate. Grilled garlic parsley cheese bread to the rescue! 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 249kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  • Cut the bread into 1/2" thick slices.
  • Place softened butter, garlic, cheese, parsley and salt in a bowl and mash with a fork to combine.
  • Slather the butter mixture onto both sides of the bread and transfer to the grill over direct heat. Grill 1-3 minutes per side until lightly toasted and crispy. Watch out for flare-ups as the butter melts. If you get a flare-up, move the bread to indirect heat until the fire dies down.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 544IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.