Yes, yes, bringing up the rear in last week’s French Fridays with Dorie entry. I am still recovering from the inner ear infection (actually it’s viral meaning lots of rest is the only thing to fix it) but slowly am getting back to normal. I have taught a couple of classes this week (I miss the boys!) and starting to emerge from the fog. With French Fridays with Dorie posts, I generally have a lot of them written up well in advance which is the case for this and the next couple – the only thing that stopped me from posting last Friday was, err, that I had not made the dish! I might have skipped this but for two things: 1. It looked like something that would go down well in my quest to start eating food other than soup and baked potatoes and 2. Dorie said it would only take 15 minutes to prepare – perfect for the recovering cook.
Actually I got lucky and when Neil invited our friend Jane over for some Charcutepalooza corned beef on Sunday (sadly, I have had no appetite for the spoils of this month’s challenge ), I decided to put them both to work. From my chair in the kitchen, I directed the proceedings, and my two sous chefs had this in the oven in no time at all.
I can see a lot of potential in this bread – so many different addins you could include and different cheeses and herbs. We stuck with cheese (Asiago and Emmenthal) and chives but chose to add some of our Charcutepalooza peameal bacon – cubed, fried and drained the day before and just tossed into the mix at the last minute. It’s a pretty bread to begin with and the bacon just adds an even prettier dimension, the pale pink against the yellow cheese with flecks of chive…
And since this was ready to eat about an hour after it was started, I say this is a winning dish. It’s been great this week with some soup, lightly toasted, sliced thin, for dinner and just as a mid-afternoon snack. Salty and cheesy with just enough chew factor. I’ll definitely make this again – I can see it working very well for bread cubes, like these or these… Imagine the flavour possibilities!
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