French Fridays with Dorie: Savory cheese and chive bread. With BACON. On Wednesday.

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.

Dorie says this bread has a French soul and she’s right.  It totally tastes like something that might be served in small cubes with a kir for an apéritif.

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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54 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Savory cheese and chive bread. With BACON. On Wednesday.

  1. My Carolina Kitchen March 9, 2011 at 07:10 #

    Lucky you with sous chefs in the kitchen. How handy. So glad you’ve tested another Dorie recipe for us. This bread is really pretty and would definitely be great with a kir.

  2. Adriana March 9, 2011 at 08:11 #

    I love the touch the Canadian bacon cubes bring. Glad to read you are doing much better!

  3. Mr. Neil March 9, 2011 at 08:25 #

    Yes, I was chuffed to see Mardi did not call us “Le Gros Chefs”!

    Have no fear, people…posts will come on brisket and peameal bacon and things. Food has been done and photographed, just waiting for Mardi to be able to return to computerland.

    (And don’t worry, she *has* been fed these past weeks…)

  4. Lynne March 9, 2011 at 10:21 #

    Good to have you back……..I certainly missed reading your post everyday. Look after yourself and don’t overdo it,

    Take care,

  5. Trix March 9, 2011 at 10:39 #

    I am glad you’re starting to feel better!! Better late than never, eh? Bacon certainly is a perfect addition tho this, and I think it’s at its best toasted.

  6. merry jennifer March 9, 2011 at 15:22 #

    Yay for good health returning!

    I’m really craving this bread right now. Your photos completely drew me in.

  7. Geoff March 9, 2011 at 15:28 #

    I take it the fact that the word BACON was crafted as BACON and not as bacon, was to ensure Mr Neil’s full attention

  8. Melody Fury // GourmetFury.com March 9, 2011 at 17:56 #

    This looks so moist, crumbly, and flavourful! Yikes, so hungry now…

  9. penny aka jeroxie March 9, 2011 at 19:18 #

    Get better coz I am coming!

  10. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having March 9, 2011 at 22:37 #

    This bread sounds wonderful! I’ve been meaning to try a savory quick bread.
    Get better soon!

  11. saltyseattle March 10, 2011 at 00:26 #

    maybe Mr. Neil will up and start his own food blog, what with you being laid up and only able to feebly command from your perch. while i’m sure your director duties are responsible for the splendor of those slices, the sous chefs did a right nice job putting the loaf together.

    • Mr. Neil March 10, 2011 at 07:37 #

      Perish the thought! One obsessive per household is more than sufficient…

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite March 15, 2011 at 16:50 #

      I delegate well, it’s true!

  12. saltyseattle March 10, 2011 at 00:27 #

    oh, and i forgot to mention that we all out here in the blogosphere miss you and hope you get well soon. xoxo

  13. Kelly @ Evil Shenanigans March 10, 2011 at 11:34 #

    Sorry you have been unwell, but your bread looks lovely! I would love to make that into a savory bread pudding! Mmmm!

  14. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle March 10, 2011 at 14:19 #

    I made this bread several weeks ago for dinner with some friends…and now thinking bacon would have been a great addition. My own bacon even better!

    Looks wonderful and hope you’re feeling better soon.

  15. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction March 10, 2011 at 15:40 #

    So glad to hear that you’re starting to feel a bit better.

    Love the look of this bread… I’m totally craving it now… Especially with bacon!

  16. Liz March 10, 2011 at 16:32 #

    Well, way to bring up the rear with a bang! Beautiful bread!!!! Hope you’re on the mend…no fun for a grown up to get an ear infection 🙁

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite March 15, 2011 at 16:48 #

      Definitely no fun for an adult but worse for a kid – I can’t imagine being little and not understanding vertigo!! Scary!

  17. Magic of Spice March 10, 2011 at 18:42 #

    My bacon crazed boys would love this 🙂

  18. K A B L O O E Y March 10, 2011 at 19:36 #

    Oh my god — that looks so golden brown and delicious. I love the combination of ingredients. And those bread cubes are nice to visit again too…

  19. MikeVFMK March 10, 2011 at 19:52 #

    Mardi, the loaf looks so savoury. Love the combination of homemade bacon and chives. Really, really tempting and my type of bread.

    On another note, feel better soon.

    Maybe Neil can be your permanent sous chef and sommelier.

  20. Conor @ Hold the Beef March 10, 2011 at 22:20 #

    Love the look of this, Mardi (erm, not Mardo or Mardio… I really need more sleep). Looks like it takes much longer than it actually does, which is always a win when serving it to others!

    Keep on keeping on… heal heal! xx

  21. Nancy@acommunaltable March 10, 2011 at 23:31 #

    Your bread turned out beautifully!! I’ve been eyeing this recipe and was sure it would be a winner – nice to have such great confirmation!!

    Thinking this would be perfect during the summer to with a light cocktail…

  22. Ethan March 11, 2011 at 09:58 #

    Looks like your sous chefs did quite well with your guidance. Sadly, I may be coming in last with my FFwD post for this bread later today!

  23. Jason Phelps March 12, 2011 at 07:46 #

    Anytime you put bacon and cheese in bread you pretty much get high marks. We had something along these lines in Provence, cheese/olive/ham, and I couldn’t stop eating it! I don’t have any right now and that is a problem.


  24. Paula March 12, 2011 at 21:53 #

    Oh My! Beautiful loaf of bread and a definite must try in my kitchen.

  25. cat March 13, 2011 at 09:06 #

    gorgeous! and the idea of cubes of this with wine as a nice little snack? love that!

  26. Elle (Bromography) March 13, 2011 at 16:15 #

    Lovely! The bacon and cheese totally hooked me.

  27. sippitysup March 15, 2011 at 18:57 #

    Bacon is the perfect addition. Lucky you had some around! GREG

  28. Jess March 18, 2011 at 23:26 #

    Oh gosh, just looking at this took me back to when I was younger and my mom would make bread like this. Looks so delicious, we must make it again!

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