Season 5, Episode 13

Brown Baggin' It

Michael liberates the tired (of cafeteria food), poor (from expensive lunches) and hungry masses with a brown baggin' party where everyone gets together to make lunch. Plus, special tips on transporting these delectable dishes and keeping them fresh!


Gameplan
1 Day Before the Lunch Party:

  • Toast Barley for Roasted Barley Salad. Simmer barley in chicken stock.

  • Core and chop tomatoes for Roasted Tomato Soup. Roast chopped tomatoes with garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

  • Mince and sauté onions, basil, and roasted tomatoes for Roasted Tomato Soup.
  • Drain barley and set aside to cool.

  • Puree roasted tomato mixture to soup consistency and cover and refrigerate overnight until ready to serve.

  • Slice and roast zucchini for Frittata and Tomato Sandwich.

  • Blend egg mixture for Frittata Sandwich. Remove roasted zucchini from over, chop into large pieces and stir into egg mixture.

  • Cook frittata in a large skillet. Finish frittata by cooking under a broiler. Sprinkle with Provolone cheese. Set aside to cool. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  • Slice bread and line up on sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toast bread slices in the oven. Cool and set aside.

  • Chop and cook smoked bacon for Roasted Barley Salad.

  • Chop zucchini, garlic, thyme and carrots for Roasted Barley Salad. Saute chopped vegetables in leftover bacon fact. Add apple cider vinegar to the pan to create dressing for salad.

  • Assemble Roasted Barley Salad with barley, bacon, and dressed vegetables.

  • Chop parsley and set aside for Roasted Barley Salad.

Morning of the Lunch Party:

  • Slice bread for Frittata and Tomato Sandwiches. Pack in paper bag.

  • Pack toasted bruschetta slices into paper bag.

  • Reheat Roasted Tomato Soup and pour into thermoses.

  • Slice tomatoes thickly for Frittata and Tomato Sandwich. Pack into small plastic container.

  • Pack salt and pepper and chili flakes.

  • Stir reserved parsley into Roasted Barley Salad. Pack up salad.

  • Slice Frittata and pack into container.

  • Pack basil leaves into small container.

At the Party:

  • Assemble Frittata and Tomato Sandwiches.

  • Serve Roasted Tomato Soup in mugs. Top with bruschetta slices.

  • Serve Roasted Barley Salad.

Eat and Enjoy!


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