Monday, September 18, 2017

I Am Groot Garlic Bread


1 (13.8 oz) tube refrigerated pizza crust dough
2 black olives
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
herb butter (recipe below)
dried parsley



Preheat oven to 375º.

Spread pizza crust out onto floured work surface. Roll dough into ball and then shape into a disc. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out into large oval measuring 9x7". 

Using a bench/pastry scraper (or other sharp knife), cut lines and wedges into upper portion of oval. (Watch the above video for detailed instructions on this step.) 

Make deep lines across Groot's face with a pizza cutter to give the illusion of wood grain.

Transfer the dough to a cookie/baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Make two circular indentations with the back end of an extra large cake icing tip (or 1" round cookie cutter) for the eyes. 

Now, take a standard size icing tip and use the back end to cut out the center of the eyes. Remove the dough pieces. 

Place a black olive into each eye socket.

In a small bowl, whisk egg and water. Brush the entire surface of the dough with the egg mixture.

Take a scrap piece of dough (from the hair) and cut two thin slivers for eyebrows. Brush a little extra egg mixture (to act as glue) above each eye and then press the eyebrows into the dough.

Place the bread into your pre-heated oven and bake at 375º for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool while you make the herb butter. (Directions below.)

Brush entire surface of baked bread with herb butter. Sprinkle parsley over the top (hair) portion of the bread. Return to oven and bake an additional 5 minutes at 375º.

Remove from oven and serve hot with marinara sauce for dipping.


Herb Butter Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 drop green food coloring

Herb Butter Directions:

Place butter in microwave-safe dish. Heat for 15-20 seconds until melted. Stir in garlic powder and dried basil. Add 1 drop of green food coloring and stir again.

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