Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I've been experimenting...

Several months ago my friend Iliana made the most delicious Ham & Cheese Bread Roll at our monthly book club get together. A couple weeks later I made it for my husband and it went over so well that it quickly became a "regular" around our dinner table.

But lately I've been doing a little experimenting. I've never really been good at leaving well enough alone. Even when "well enough" is pretty darn good. We needed a little change, so I've come up with a couple alternatives for change. One is a lot more fattening...for him. And the other is a lot more healthy...for me! But I included the original as well. All highly recommended!

*As a side note. I was watching Rachel Ray last week and "The Hungry Girl" was a guest. She had all these great idea's for using Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese as a substitute for cream cheese, butter or misc. cheeses in recipes. It cuts the fat by 50-80% in a lot of dishes. That's where I go the idea to use Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese in this Ham and Veggie roll. It really was yummy. You could also eliminate the ham all together, use more veggies and make this a Vegetarian Roll. Just an idea.

(Mindi Original...kind of)

1 loaf Rhodes Bread dough (or one recipe for bread dough)
4 wedges Laughing Cow swiss cheese spread (This can be purchased at Costco or in the specialty cheese section of most grocery stores.)
¼ C. low fat sour cream
1 t. dry ranch dressing mix powder
2 C. cooked veggies (I used broccoli & red pepper. Other ideas would be cauliflower, zucchini, asparagus, etc…)
3-6 ham slices (Enough to cover the inside of the roll, depending on the size of the ham you use.)
¼ C. grated Parmesan
salt & pepper
2 t. sesame seeds

1. Follow the package direction to defrost and raise the Rhodes dough loaf. Once it has defrosted and risen appropriately, roll out the dough into a rectangular shape approximately 10 inches wide by 15 inches long.
2. Bring the laughing cow cheese to room temperature and mix it with the sour cream and ranch dressing powder.
3. Spread half the mixture down the center of the dough, lengthwise. Place the ham on top of the cheese spread, then the veggies on top of the ham.
4. Season with salt & pepper and dollop the rest of the cheese spread on top of the veggies. Top with Parmesan cheese.
5. With a small knife, slice strips in the dough on either side of the middle toppings.
6. Pick up the corresponding strips on either side and cris-cross them over the top. Continue this with the entire roll.
7. Sprinkle the top with sesame seeds.
8. Allow the roll to rise for 15-20 minutes.
9. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown.

*For the pizza version, use pizza sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, & pizza seasoning.

*For the original version, spread ¼ C. softened butter topped with 1 T. ranch dressing powder mix, Ham & Cheese, and 1 T. poppy seeds.

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Valerie said...

Experimenting and mixing things up are the perfect ways to find wonderful new favorites! Glad you shared your secret of using Laughing Cow chese. I love that stuff, but haven't baked with it. Yum!

Chocolaty Lifestyle said...

I have tried something similar with cabbages and cheese, it turned out so great! Your recipe is looking realy temting! :)

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