Want an easy dinner that will make you look like a rock-star chef? Have I got the meal for you ;-) Even my kids are impressed by these.
Soup In A Bread Bowl
This looks complex, but really it's just store bought soup and frozen bread dough. It's simple to make--really!
Start off with buying some of Rhodes white or whole wheat frozen bread dough at the grocery store.
This is such a wonderful product. You literally just let it thaw, rise and then bake!
You get three frozen loaves of dough in a package. I cut one thawed loaf of bread dough into two pieces for bowl size bread and into thirds for cup size bread. Shape the cut dough into a ball with floured hands. Place the shaped dough on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and let it rise until it doubles in size. Then bake in the oven per the instruction on the bag.
When you remove your fresh fantastic smelling bread from the oven, rub the tops of the hot bread bowls with butter. Then, using a serrated knife, cut open a top (like carving the top of a pumpkin) and pull out some of the bread inside to make room for the soup. Be careful not to puncture the bread bowl while cutting (or your soup will leak out the hole).
Place baked bread bowl on a plate.
Heat up soup in the microwave or a sauce pan and pour into the bread bowl. I buy Safeway's Signature Cafe Soups http://shop.safeway.com/corporate/safeway/shop/signature_soups.asp both the Pacific Clam chowder and the Baked Potato soup work really well in the bread bowls, but many other flavors would be great too. These soups are also sold at Vons.
Place cut top off to the side for dipping. Sprinkle soup with desired toppings and serve!
Soup Toppings: Salt & Pepper, shredded cheese, bacon crumbles, green onions and for any extra bread--honey butter.
I always whip up a little honey butter when I make these to smear on the extra bread...YUM!