January 25, 2015

Macaroni Grill Copycat Rosemary Bread and Roasted Garlic baked in the Crock-Pot

Being Italian {and just being a foodie in general} I love carbs! Pasta, potatoes, and especially bread!
I have made rolls and biscuits before but surprisingly I have never made a loaf of bread. When I came across this recipe for fresh baked bread in the Crock-pot {my very favorite kitchen appliance} I knew I had to try it! I love fix it and forget it Crock-pot cooking! 
This Rosemary Olive Oil Bread reminds me of the hearty bread served at Macaroni Grill. Crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. Even better I made some roasted garlic to serve with it!
Safe to say this bread was a hit in our house and was devoured in one sitting! 
Hope you enjoy as much as we did.

Ingredients: 

For bread:

  • 3½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 packet dry active yeast (2¼ teaspoons)
  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • ¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For roasted garlic:

  • one head of garlic
  • olive oil

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit 10 minutes. The mixture should become bubbly.
  2. Stir in half of the salt (1/2 teaspoon), half of the rosemary (2 tablespoons), the 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and all of the flour. Mix until fully combined. Work it together with your hands, if necessary.
  3. Lightly grease a large bowl and place the dough in. Cover it with a kitchen towel and leave the dough in a warm, draft-free area. Let it sit and rise for 1 hour.
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl and gently roll it into a ball on a floured surface. Let it sit for another 20 minutes.
  5. Set the crock pot to high. Line the crock pot with two pieces of parchment paper, leaving at least 2 inches hanging out of each side of the crock pot. Place the dough in the crock pot and sprinkle it with the remaining salt and rosemary.
  6. Drape paper towels over the top of the crock pot and then place the lid on. This should capture any moisture that would sit on the lid and prevent it from dripping back onto your bread.
  7. Cook the bread for 2 hours, and remove from the crock pot. It will most likely still be a bit pale on the outside. It tastes great this way, but I like to put mine on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put it under the broiler for a quick 3 - 5 minutes to get a crunchier, darker crust.
  8. Let cool before slicing. Serve with extra olive oil drizzled on top. 
  9. I serve with roasted garlic (recipe below) and flavored oil for dipping. 



For the roasted garlic:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Slice the top off your head of garlic and peel any loose papery skin off the garlic. 
  3. Place each head of garlic on a small piece of foil and drizzle a teaspoon or so of olive oil over the top. 
  4. Wrap in foil and set it on the center rack in the oven. 
  5. Roast until the head of garlic is soft and golden brown, about 40 minutes. Too see if it's done poke with a fork to test if the garlic is soft.  
  6. Carefully remove from the oven and let cool. Unwrap and use your fingers to squeeze the roasted garlic out of the clove or use a fork the pull out the garlic from the cloves.
  7. Spread on warm bread and enjoy!
Mix together yeast and sugar in a bowl. 
Add water and let sit for 10 minutes. 
The mixture should rise and become bubbly.
Fresh rosemary smells and tastes amazing in this recipe.
Stir in half of the salt (1/2 teaspoon), half of the rosemary (2 tablespoons), 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and all of the flour. 
 
Mix until fully combined. I use a rubber spatula at first then mix with my hands.
Lightly grease a large bowl and place the dough in. Cover it with a kitchen towel and leave the dough in a warm, draft-free area (I place on my stove with the oven on low heat). 
Let it sit and rise for 1 hour.
Remove the dough from the bowl and gently roll it into a ball on a floured surface. 
Let it sit for another 20 minutes.
Set the crock pot to high. Line the crock pot with two pieces of parchment paper, leaving at least 2 inches hanging out of each side of the crock pot. Place the dough in the crock pot and sprinkle it with the remaining salt and rosemary.
Drape paper towels over the top of the crock pot and then place the lid on. This should capture any moisture that would sit on the lid and prevent it from dripping back onto your bread.
Cook the bread for 2 hours, and remove from the crock pot. 
Meanwhile I roasted a large head of garlic drizzled with olive oil in the 
oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. 
Roasted garlic makes the best spread for homemade bread!
What goes best with fresh baked bread? Homemade soup!
I made this recipe for Crock-pot Chicken Noodle Soup. 
Place on a lined baking sheet, brush with a little olive oil, and put it under the broiler
 for a quick 3 - 5 minutes to get a crunchier, darker crust.

Let cool before slicing. 
 
Serve with extra olive oil drizzled on top.

I like to serve with a dipping bowl filled with flavored olive oil 
and fresh roasted garlic for spreading.
Homemade soup and fresh baked bread with roasted garlic.
Now that's a tasty winter meal!
Throw back to the last time I ate at Macaroni Grill! I was preggers with Ava and visiting my family and friends in Florida. Here I am after a tasty lunch with my friend Connie. You bet we enjoyed some Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread! So glad I can make it at home now too! 
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5 comments:

  1. I own a Philips AirFryer and use it often to enjoy French Fries, Fried Plantains, Chicken Wings, Chicken Fried Steak, Homemade Sweet Potato Tater Tots, you name it! IT'S AMAZING! Everybody should have one! Just saying.

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  2. Nice bog with nice and great recipes. I love reading your blog. It would be great to use roasted garlic to serve with this bread.

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  3. Hello Nicole Hood,
    This post is very nice. It is very delicious to look at. Thank you for sharing the ingredients and recipe. Hope your next recipe will published soon.

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  4. They look so delicious, thank to your post, I think I can do it more easily.

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  5. They look so easy . Will try your recipe tomorrow. Thank for sharing! visit my website

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