Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 200: Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls

I spent yesterday with my cook off partner, Kris, practicing for the Wasatch County Fair cook off.  And boy is it a good thing we did!  Its amazing the things you don't think you'll need.  It was an eye opener.  Our dessert is going to take some work, but I think it will be really beautiful once we get it right.  I really hope we got out all of our mess ups at my house last night so things will go smooth at the cook off.  Its pretty nerve wracking trying to think of everything we'll need.  We are doing Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Parmesan Roasted Potatoes, Tomato Upside Down Cornbread and Crepe Cake with Chipotle Raspberry Sauce.  All this has to be finished in 3 hours.  It should be interesting to say the least.  It will be nice to have a partner this time so I don't have to do everything myself.  We're also going to try and enter the cook off at the Utah State Fair.  I've gotten several emails from people hoping I'll attend, and right now its looking good!

Well, on to today's recipe.  I found this one at a site called Our Best Bites.  Its one of my new favorite food blogs.

Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls
12" dutch oven

French Bread Dough:

1 Tbsp. yeast
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
4-5 1/2 c. flour
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 egg yolk

Garlic Butter:

1/2 c. (1 stick) of real butter, no substitutions
1 1/2 Tbsp. garlic bread seasoning (recipe below)
Shredded mozzarella cheese

Combine yeast, water, and sugar in large mixing bowl and allow to stand 10 minutes or until bubbly. Add salt, vegetable oil, and egg yolk and combine. Add 3 c. flour and mix well until combined. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough that barely sticks to your finger. Knead, either by hand or in mixer for another 2-3 minutes. Cover and allow to rise 1 hour.

While dough is rising, combine butter and garlic bread seasoning. Set aside.

Roll your rough into a rectangle that's about 18-20 inches by 6 inches (mine was bigger than that). Smear garlic butter over the entire surface of the dough and then sprinkle with cheese.

Roll up jelly-roll style and then use dental floss to cut into slices.  Place each slice in a well greased dutch oven. Cover with a clean cloth and allow rolls to rise until doubled.

Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes with 1 1/2 rings on top and 1 ring on the bottom.

Garlic Bread Seasoning

1/2 c. powdered Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. basil
2 tsp. marjoram
2 tsp. parsley

Combine ingredients in a jar (preferably one with a sprinkle top) and shake.

Sprinkle on top of bread sticks or combine 1 1/2 Tbsp. seasoning with 1/2 c. of softened real butter and spread on a loaf of French bread (cut in 1/2 lengthwise). Wrap in foil and bake at 375 until butter's melted. If you want, you could also pop it open-faced under the broiler for a few minutes so it gets brownish and crispy.
The Finished Product
I got the tops of mine a little to brown, but inside they were soft and delicious!
The Review
Move over garlic bread!  These were super good!  I'll make these whenever I need garlic bread and when I have the time.  They were really easy, you just have to be able to plan ahead.  They were full of garlicky, cheesy goodness and I could have eaten them all day.  These did dry out the next morning, but I really don't think having leftovers will be a problem.  This is yet another recipe that will go into my "tried and true" file.  Grade A.


  1. Congrats on Day 200 :) I've been so busy with my straight razors that I forgot to keep an eye out here for a few days and almost missed it :p

  2. Thanks Chef! I still can't believe its been that long!


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