Just a good ‘ol summer meal on a good ‘ol lazy kind of day.
Really nothing, in my opinion, could beat a summer meal. Yes, I do admit to loving a piping-hot bowl of beef stew on a cold winter evening, but SUMMER? I mean, c’mon. There’s not really much of a contest there. I would pick a dinner of hamburgers and corn-on-the-cob over a bowl of chili any day.
And all the literally thousands of summer desserts I have? Strawberry shortcake… Fresh berry pie… Homemade ice cream…Forget it. If I could I would live in an endless summer all year, I would in a second.
So fair warning: Don’t expect this to be the last summer menu. I got many more a’coming 😉
On my picnic table today: Pizza Bread Bowls.
No, it’s not just bread bowls for dinner; but that’s the only recipe I’ve got for you today.
I got my siblings busy shucking corn while I got water on to boil and chopped up some fresh fruit to add some color to my plate 🙂
Like I said, it’s just a good ‘ol lazy-summer-day dinner. Less than an hour spent in the kitchen and delicious results. You will see on my recipe card below that you will need 8 prepared bread bowls for the Pizza Bread Bowls. You can use store-bought or you can make your own homemade bowls like I did, using this recipe.
The bread bowls are sooo easy and they taste just like a pizza in a bread bowl! Leftovers would make a great lunch. Simply wrap the bread bowls individually in foil and store in the fridge. When hunger strikes, remove the foil and reheat in the microwave. Presto. Lunch in five.
On to dessert! What could possibly complete a summer meal better than this amazing ice cream? Yum. One of my absolute FAVORITE ice cream recipes.
Have a great Monday!
Pizza Bread Bowls
- 8 prepared bread bowls
- 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 medium green pepper diced
- 1 cup crushed tomatoes
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sliced olives
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms optional
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 F. Place 4 bread bowls on each baking sheet and set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, brown ground beef, onion, and pepper until beef is no longer pink. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, combine crushed tomatoes, garlic, oregano, pepper, and salt. Spread 2 rounded tablespoons tomato mixture in each bread bowl. Top with ground beef, olives, and mushrooms if desired. Spread 1 tablespoon more of sauce over toppings. Sprinkle bread bowls with cheese and bake in preheated oven 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is slightly browned and bread is golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Yield: 8 servings
Store in refrigerator up to 3 days.
1. If making dessert, do all the prep for this early in the day and churn it in the afternoon according to recipe instructions. Let ripen in freezer while you prepare the rest of the meal.
2. Prepare the Pizza Bread Bowls and bake according to recipe instructions.
3. While bread bowls bake, prepare the corn-on-the-cob and chop fresh fruit.
4. Once the bread bowls are done, let stand 5 minutes while you set the table.
5. Serve up your fresh summer dinner.