Cheap Eats

17 Jun

 The sad but true story around these parts is that I can’t find a full-time job, and I am struggling on the money front. Even though today is payday, I’ve paid a few bills and now have just $78 for the next two weeks. This means I need to be really frugal with my grocery shopping and meal planning and need to rely on what’s in the pantry and the freezer. I’ve just discovered a blog called Cheap Eats and also a site called Eating Well that seem to have some promising ideas. The trick of eating cheaply is to make sure you eat fruits and veggies, of course. I’m sold on the idea of making this bread and heating up some frozen spinach with lemon spaghetti. I would only need to buy a jar of marinara sauce–I have all the other ingredients at home and the pot of basil and parsley out by the front door. I will post again soon with a grocery list and my meals for the week!

Recipe and picture from The Pastry Affair:

Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread

Yields 1 loaf

2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/3 cups barely warm water
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
3 1/2 cups all purpose (or bread) flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yeast and water. Let sit 5 minutes until yeast is foamy. Mix in the olive oil, salt, and flour. If you have a stand mixer, attach the dough hook and knead the dough for 5-6 minutes, or until elastic. If you are doing this by hand, knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until dough is elastic, 7-10 minutes. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until dough is doubled in size.

In a small bowl, combine melted butter, parsley flakes, and minced garlic. Set aside.

Punch down the dough. Tear off small pieces of dough (roughly the size of the bowl of a medium spoon), coat in the butter mixture, and place in the bottom of a bundt pan. Repeat this process until you have one layer of dough balls. Sprinkle on 1/3 of the Parmesan cheese. Continue layering the dough balls and cheese until you have 3 layers. Cover the pan with a clean towel and allow to sit until dough has doubled in size, 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bread is golden brown. Serve hot with a side of marinara or tomato sauce.

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