I hope your Tuesday is going along just fine. Mine is kinda middle of the road. Nice and low key. I love those days. It allows me to soak in all the little things that are happening. Like this morning. my son have me a super duper big hug and wouldn’t let go. I’ll cherish all of that. 🙂
Today, I wanted to share a basic Tastefully Simple recipe. It’s one of my solid go to appetizer dishes. It’s our Beer Bread with our Roasted Garlic and Herb cheese ball. I’m going to show you how I traditionally make it and share a couple of variations that show you how flexible the line is. So, here we go…
Beer Bread Ingredients:
Beer Bread mix
12 ounce can of beer (although, my favorite prep is with ginger ale which is what I am using in this recipe)
3 Tbs Butter
We are going to start with the beer bread.
Preheat your oven to 375
Put it in a mixing bowl.
Then add 12 ounces of beer or ginger ale. You could use any side you wish as well.
Mix with a spoon. I swirl it around 20 or 30 times. DO NOT OVER MIX. it’s ok that it’s a little lumpy. It adds to the texture.
Place in a loaf pan.
Melt 3 Tbs butter and pour on top.
Remove from the oven once golden. About 50 minutes.
Now onto the Roasted Garlic and herb cheese ball.
Two ingredients is all that you will need. The Roasted Garlic seasoning and a block of cream cheese set out to room temperature to soften. Add both to a bowl.
Mix and put in a serving bowl. Chilling for 2 hours will be optimal to reset the cream cheese and let the flavors marry. I like when they get happy. 🙂
I tend to cut the bread down the middle and then slice. Either way, serve and enjoy!
Now for our variations… These products can be used in many different ways which is why I love the products themselves.
Beer Bread Variations:
Add 2 Tbs of our Italian Garlic Seasoning and 1/2 cup of Parm cheese to make an Italian Garlic bread.
Prepare a serving of our Dried tomato and garlic pesto and a cup of shredded cheddar cheese and add to the beer bread mixture to make out cheese pesto bread. ~ This one is so yummy!
And a great breakfast or sweet tooth breakfast bread: Butterscotch Breakfast Bread
1 pack of beer bread mix
12 ounce cream soda
1 cup butterscotch chips
3 Tbs butter
3 Tbs sugar
Combine first 3 ingredients. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 for 50 – 55 minutes. Enjoy!
Roasted Garlic and Herb variations:
For a creamy pasta sauce: prepare cheese ball as directed, add to saucepan over low heat. Add 1 and 1/4 cups of milk and cook until combined.
Baked potato topper: add Roasted Garlic mix with 1/2 cup each mayo and sour cream. FABULOUS ON POTATOES!
Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes
2.5 lbs small red potatoes with skins, cubed
1 packet Roasted Garlic and Herb cheese ball mix
1/2 cup milk
8 ounce cream cheese
Boil potatoes (about 15 minutes) until fork tender.
Add potatoes to a bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. I use a hand masher but an electric mixer will work as well. Let sit for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as desired. You will LOVE this one!
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Talk with you soon!
To your abundance.
The Tastefully Simple guy