Monday, December 4, 2006

Bread boats

I've made this recipe over and over again for almost two years now (since I got married, actually). It's a delicious and quick to prepare snack - something good for weekends or those days when we don't feel like cooking "real food".
I got a recipe from a Brazilian cook, who is specialized in light food and food for diabetics, and changed it a little bit. She uses leeks instead of hearts of palm and then covers the snacks with whipped egg whites + cream cheese before taking them to the oven. I use pizza cheese and no eggs.

I haven't tried it yet, but I think this recipe can be transformed into bruschettas just by changing the type of bread.

Bread boats

2 small baguettes, or 1 big one, cut in half
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 hearts of palm, sliced
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
4 tablespoons water
100g pizza cheese, thinly sliced or grated
olive oil (extra)

Pre-heat the oven (220ºC).
In a small pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it's golden brown. Add the hearts of palm, season it and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the water, cover the pan and cook (low heat) until the hearts of palm are softer and the water is absorbed. If necessary, add more water.
Remove from heat and add the parsley.
Cut the baguettes in half, horizontally - this is when you get the "boats". Spread the hearts of palm mixture on each piece of bread and cover with cheese. Sprinkle with olive oil and bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is light golden.

Serves 2


Anonymous said...

I can't see the photo but this certainly sounds interesting. One of my favorite ways to eat hearty stews is in bread bowls. You get a big round piece of bread with a thick crust, hollow it out an duse it like a soup bowl. Then you've eaten the soup the bread is just perfection: soaked in delicious juices and oh so tasty. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Anonymous said...

Hi's tatter from Dan's bread forum...your English version looks great...
Could you post the recipe for the lamb roast...

Valentina said...

Pat, every time I see this recipe it sounds an even better option. I shalla definitely give it a go when at get to my mum's. I will have more time then.Can't wait.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Ari, you're soooo right!
I love buying Italian bread (in a round shape) and putting soup inside of it - nothing better for cold nights!

Tatter, I'm so glad you came back here! There'll be more recipes in English, I can assure you!

Valentina, my dearest, I think you'll like it. Tell me later, ok?

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