Stuffed bread with red peppers, feta & olives
I'm just going to come out and say this bread is a-ma-zing. Seriously. If you are looking for ideas for a friends hangout at your house, make that and your friends will love you. If they do that already, they will love you more. Actually, make it now to test it out and play with what flavors you want to use, as a practice run. Then make it again every time you want to cast a love-me-forever spell on anyone.
So you have been warned, this is quite addictive. It reminds of a pizza, but it's much better. Basically, anything that works on pizza would be great here. I decided to try two favorite flavor combinations on my loaf of bread. I used tomato and red pepper pastes, which softened the heart of the bread and then the ingredients above worked like magic.
If you guys make this, you have to come back and let me know what flavors you made.
Ingredients (serves 2-3):
:: 1 unsliced loaf of bread
:: 200gr of grated melting cheese ( I used gouda)
:: 2 big mushrooms
:: 2 medium onions
:: 3 big juicy tomatoes
:: 2 red peppers
:: 150gr feta
:: 12-15 kalamata olives
:: 1 tbsp butter
:: 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
:: 1/4 cup finely sliced scallions and parsley
Heat a medium skillet on medium. Add the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the onions and as they turn gold, add the thyme and the mushrooms. Cook 4-5 minutes until they start to sweat. Set the skillet aside and allow to cool.
In a blender mash separately the tomatoes and the red peppers.
Preheat the oven to 250 Celsius. Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust. This can be a little tricky, but I am sure you can do it. Place loaf on a foil-lined baking sheet.
If you are going to do it half-half like me insert between the cuts of the first half the red pepper mash the onions, grated cheese and mushrooms. In the other half add the tomato mash, the feta and the sliced olives. Use your fingers to push the ingredients down into the loaf.
Combine the scallions, parsley, salt and pepper and drizzle over bread. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet.
Bake at 200 degrees for 15 minutes. Unwrap the bread and bake for 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.