7 Foods That Are Even Better in a Bread Bowl

Bread bowls might be best known for holding soup, but there's no reason they have to be limited to that.
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Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Beyond Soup

Bread bowls may conjure up memories of lackluster servings of broccoli-cheddar soup or clam chowder, but bread has been used for centuries as a vehicle for eating other savory foods. Here are seven dishes made even more amazing by being served in a bread bowl.

 

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Bowl Over Your Brunch

Hollow out a loaf of pumpernickel bread and use it as a vessel for cream cheese whipped with smoked salmon. Finish with tomatoes, capers and diced tomatoes.

Carb Loading?

Load creamy mashed potatoes laced with cheddar and studded with crispy bacon and chopped scallions into a sourdough bread bowl, and go to town.

If You Love Deviled Eggs ...

... but hate deviling them, chop hard-boiled eggs, whites and all, then fold with a dressing of mustard, mayo, paprika and chopped gherkins. Stuff into a buttery, soft loaf and serve with celery sticks for scooping.

A Bavarian Delicacy

The classic Oktoberfest cheese spread obatzda would do just fine inside a pretzel roll: Blend together soft cheese (like Brie) with a little butter, paprika and a splash of beer, then fill, dip and eat.

Nothing Beats Pizza

Except maybe pizza dip in a bread bowl. Fill an Italian loaf (if you live in a place where you can get prosciutto bread, so much the better) with tomato sauce and dollops of ricotta. Top with shredded mozzarella and chopped pepperoni and bake till bubbly.

New-School S.E.C.

Move the classic deli breakfast into a bowl: Scoop out the inside of a kaiser roll, scatter cooked breakfast sausage in the well, then crack an egg on top and finish with a slice of American cheese. Bake till the egg’s cooked, and eat with “saltpepperketchup.”

Leftover Curry

Take a cue from South Africa, where curry in a bread bowl is called “bunny chow,” and fill a square Pullman loaf of white bread with lamb, chicken or veggie curry.

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