November 8, 2010
Elephant Garlic Bread
This savory version of an Elephant Ear was one of our favorites at a local restaurant, unfortunately they took it off their menu (The nerve! :-) A certain wonderful husband had recently mentioned his elephant bread craving. So here's my try at the recipe. It starts with a basic pizza crust, but store bought would work out just fine.
Quick Pizza Dough recipe:
2 1/4 cup of flour
1 tablespoon of fast yeast
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, mix 3/4 cup of flour, yeast, sugar and 2/3 cup hot water (130 degree F). Stir in the oil, 1 1/4 cup of the remaining flour and salt and blend till it becomes a dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface (using the remaining 1/4 cup flour) until unsticky (is this a word?) Let the dough rise, covered (wet towel works best) in a warm spot for 30 minutes.
1 Clove of Elephant Garlic, small diced
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 tablespoon of kosher salt (if table salt, use 1 teaspoon)
1/3 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F.
In a skillet add the olive and garlic. Cook at a med/low heat until the garlic just starts to caramelize, remove from heat. Add the garlic to the melted butter.
Next, spread pizza dough out to fit your baking sheet, pizza stone, etc. I personally use a stone, and preheat it in the oven; thus spreading the dough on the counter top. Spread the butter/garlic mixture onto the flattened dough. Sprinkle the salt and Parmesan cheese across the dough evenly. Bake in the oven until golden brown: about 12 to 15 minutes.
It comes out slightly crispy on the edges and bottom, and soft. For some added flavor cracked black pepper is good, and adding some more melted butter after it comes out too! Yummy!