Thursday, March 29, 2012

When you are too busy...Bloomin' Pizza Bread

Where does time fly? Has it ever occurred to you that you need the day to be 48 hours so you can get few things done? It is how I feel these days. I have so much to do on my list and yet I feel like I am spinning in endless circles and nothing is getting done. The crazy part is that my “to do list” keeps piling up with more and more things to do…sigh!! There are still many things to do for the baby and the kids’ rooms which I have to …I mean have to find time for next week before I start to feel even heavier with the extra weight.

Last week for example was just plain simple crazy, I had to be at more than four family gatherings, one wedding (still have one more to go to tomorrow) in addition to helping my father and brother in managing their new business which required going to the office from morning to noon on a daily basis. Not to mention a doctor’s appointment earlier in the week, my monthly article to Family Flavors Magazine for June and just today a cake I did for a friend for her son’s birthday, my daughter’s talent show in the afternoon and another family gathering at night to celebrate my son’s birthday. I also ran many errands in between during the week including picking up groceries, cheques, going to the hair dresser (maybe just the only thing I did for me this week) and the list keeps going…I can sit here and ramble more but enough already!

 All of this didn’t allow me much time to cook new dishes yet I did cook almost every day including Mansaf (the traditional dish of Jordan), Mulokhia and Maqlooba. All very traditional dishes which I love and were very convenient considering the little time I had to cook.  Another great quick dinner was this Bloomin’ pizza bread which is a great alternative when you are craving Pizza…here is how to make it

Bloomin' Pizza Bread
Inspired from the The Girl Who AteEverything

Ingredients:
1 unsliced round loaf crusty bread
1 pack sliced  mozzarella or white cheddar cheese, I used yellow as well
1  package pepperoni or salami
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
pizza/marinara sauce for dipping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 175 degrees.

Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust.

Place bread on a foil-lined baking sheet and insert cheese slices and Salami between cuts. Combine butter, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings. Drizzle or brush over bread with a pastry brush. Sprinkle bread with Parmesan cheese. (I used some of the chives butter which I featured on this blog before).

Wrap bread completely in foil and bake at 175 degrees for 15 minutes. Unwrap the bread and bake 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and salami is a little crispy.



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