Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Recipe: Hot Car Garlic & Rosemary Bread

When we first moved to Missouri from Albuquerque NM, I was in High School and it was a really hot summer.  My mom came up with a clever trick when dinner time rolled around.  She often planned a dinner that wouldn't heat up the house too much.  We all loved to have warm loaves of bread or rolls with dinner, but Mom didn't want to use the oven.  So she tossed the loaf of french bread, still in it's packaging from the store in the car before she started dinner, by the time it was done, she's send one of us out to get it, and we had piping hot bread!

I decided to put a gourmet spin on this 1982 family classic.  I made this bread last night to have with spaghetti, here's the recipe
Mickie's Hot Car Garlic & Rosemary Bread

1 loaf of french bread
2-4 cloves of garlic depending on preference
2-3 springs of fresh rosemary
1/4 cup butter or margarine
Parmesan cheese
aluminum foil

(Most recipes don't start like this) In your driveway, on a hot summer day, roll up your windows and preheat your car to 100-120 degrees, or however hot it gets in the middle of summer by the power of the sun only, do not turn on the car.

Slice the loaf of french bread length wise.  Put the butter in a small dish. mince the garlic cloves and mix with the butter using a fork.  Spread it on both halves of the bread. Pull the rosemary leaves off the stalks and chop coarsely.  Sprinkle on both halves of the bread.  Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese.  Put both halves of the bread back together and wrap with aluminum foil, shiny side in.  Place the bread, seam side up in your car, in a sunny spot if you can.  Bake in the car for 30-45 minutes.  Slice and enjoy!
If your car feels like an oven, why not?!



  1. That is an awesome idea! I had a friend once try to fry eggs on the hood of his car, but that was more "just to see" as opposed to an actual side dish. Looks tasty :)

  2. Yeah, I would like to see if the eggs would cook, but I don't think I would want to eat them after the fact! LOL The bread was really good! I think we're going to make it again soon, although I will be glad when it's not hot enough to use the car as an oven. :o)


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