Friday, November 19, 2010

190. Parmesan Bread Slices, Simple

The Fox River Valley, where I grew up, was famous for its abundance of restaurants. The Cock-a-doodle was the one closest to our home. The huge rooster model, which was attached to the building, always looked like he was announcing something. This restaurant's menu was strictly family-style and uncomplicated.

Every time we ate at the Cock-a-Doodle a basket of Parmesan bread was served before and during the meal. These narrow pieces of bread had been sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese and broiled. We loved the sharp, slightly salty cheese flavor and probably ate more of the slices than we should have.

I had almost forgotten about this side dish until the day I was too tired to fix anything more elaborate to go with a little left-over spaghetti. I wanted something bread-like, but I also wanted it to be more. Bread slices fixed with Parmesan are a tasty snack or a quick side dish for many meals, Italian or otherwise. I like to use French or Italian bread because of their satisfying texture. Other bread may be substituted.

Parmesan Bread Slices

Bread slices
Parmesan cheese, shredded

Set oven temperature to broil and raise top rack so food will be 5 inches from heat. Cut bread slices into 1-inch sticks. Place pieces onto a baking pan. Sprinkle bread liberally with shredded Parmesan cheese. Place pan in oven and broil carefully until cheese is melted and slightly browned. Remove pan and place bread in a napkin-lined basket for serving. Serve immediately.

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