With that in mind and also giving a nod to the busy lifestyle that most people have adopted today, it seems appropriate to take a look at some creative ways to accompany your soup with bread without taking half a day or more to make it from scratch. So, instead of long rising times and lots of kneading, these recipes use sliced bread from the bag, convenience items and ingredients you probably have on hand right now. Just because you have a cup of soup to enjoy doesn't mean that you either have to give up a lot of time and effort to give it a bread-based sidekick or go without. Use these recipes to get you there in no time with little effort.
- 1 pkg. refrigerated biscuits
- Seasonings of choice
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Open the biscuits and arrange the eight rounds in a circle with one in the center on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press the dough down to form a circle with scalloped edges. Sprinkle the dough with the seasonings of your choice and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
- Yields: 6-8 servings
- Preparation Time: 20 minutes
- 2 slices bread -- I like oatmeal bread because it tastes very nutty when toasted
- 2 tsp. butter
- 1 tsp. coarse mustard
- 2 slices ripe tomato -- skip this if fresh tomatoes aren't available
- 2 oz. grated cheese -- I like almost any sharp cheese for this
- Pinch salt and pepper -- don't skip this step!
Find two heavy skillets -- one larger than the other -- and place them over medium-high heat on the stove.
Spread a teaspoon of butter on each of the slices of bread. Spread the mustard on the opposite side of one of the slices of bread. Arrange the tomato, cheese and seasonings on top of the mustard and place the other slice of bread, buttered side up, on top of them.
Place the sandwich in the larger hot skillet and quickly place the bottom of the other hot skillet over the top of the sandwich. Remove the larger skillet from the heat, making sure the other skillet stays on top of the sandwich. Allow it to rest in this arrangement for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Serve immediately.
- Yields: 1 sandwich
- Preparation Time: 15 minutes