Breads! A fabulous loaf is all that you need to satiate those cruel hunger pangs. I personally know lots of people who ‘love and live’ on bread. There are scores of things that you can do with this heavenly carb. I tried this new version, where we stuff the insides of a plain variety with veggies and top it with cheese and bake to crunchy perfection! Usually I complete my meal, by making a soup with it. This time it was a mushroom-broccoli blend. I need not elaborate on the absoluteness of our supper.
You can use any type of loaf or buns or rolls. I used burger buns, but the only problem I faced was, they were kinda small to be stuffed. The entire process got a little painful. So I would suggest, use a long loaf, like a french bread or something.
- 1 whole wheat french loaf or any italian bread
- 1 green capsicum, minced
- 1/4 cup red and yellow bell peppers, minced
- 1/4 cup mushrooms, minced – optional
- 1/4 cup broccoli, minced
- 1 onion, minced
- 2-3 green chilies, minced – optional
- 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsp italian seasoning
- 3 tbsp pizza sauce
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Grated cheese
- spring onion greens to garnish
Make “X” like incisions on your bread, taking care not to cut through it. The “X” should be deep enough to fill but not slice the bread apart.
To prepare the filling –
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil, saute garlic, onions and green chilies. I added the chilies, since we like our food spicy. You could avoid the extra heat if you like. Next throw in the minced veggies. I minced them, coz the smaller, the better to fill. Now add the pizza sauce, and saute on high till all extra water evaporates. It should not be of runny consistency. Sprinkle italian seasoning, salt and red chili flakes according to taste. Keep aside.
Preheat Oven at 150 degree C.
To Proceed –
Mix 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter. Take your X marked bread. Now carefully, pour the olive butter mix into the incisions. Smaller the spoon the better. Then, patiently, stuff your veggies into it, using a butter knife to push it down. Top with grated cheese.
Now wrap the entire ensemble tightly in an aluminium foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Unwrap, and bake open for another 5-7 minutes, until all your cheese has melted into perfection. Mine, was slightly charred, since the husband likes it extra crisp. I would rather prefer a molten golden look. But, trust me, when you take one bite, your neighbor will hear the crunch;)
Sprinkle with chopped spring onion greens and serve with ketchup or Tabasco.