This year, I'm attending my second annual Friendster. While it sounds like it is named after a defunct social network, it's actually an Easter potluck with my degenerate group of friends. This year, I'll be making one of my family's favorite holiday treats: Homemade Spinach Bread.
The hot and crisp home-baked bread is stuffed with garlicky spinach, nutty parmesan and gooey mozzarella cheese. It's big enough to feed a crowd, and it's perfect for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner or linner (not dunch though...never dunch).
You can stuff the freshly made dough with anything you'd like, but here's how I make the most amazing homemade Spinach Bread:
Ingredients Good-quality pizza dough (homemade recipe here) Cooking spray Olive oil 10 oz chopped frozen spinach 3-4 cloves garlic Crushed red pepper Salt Parmesan cheese 8 oz shredded mozzarella Eggs
Prepare homemade pizza dough.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and coat a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and coat lightly with olive oil. Add frozen spinach, chopped fresh garlic, and a few sprinkles of crushed red pepper, cooking until heated through. Season with a bit of salt to taste. Let cool and drain, pushing down to squeeze out excess moisture.
Meanwhile, on a floured surface, roll out prepared dough into about a 12x18-inch rounded rectangle. Top the dough with drained spinach, shredded mozzarella, and 2 tbsp parmesan cheese.
Starting at one of the longer edges, roll the dough up to form a long cylinder, pinching the edges to seal. Carefully transfer to baking sheet, curving the bread if needed, and brush with egg wash.
Bake 35-40 minutes, until bread is golden-brown and crisp.
Slice and serve warm.
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While the spinach is one of my favorites, there are plenty of other fantastic stuffing options. Try crumbled sausage mixed with scrambled eggs, parmesan, mozzarella and black pepper; thinly sliced pepperoni topped with provolone and mozzarella; shredded chicken, chopped broccoli, cheddar and honey mustard; or thinly sliced capicola, salami, provolone and mozzarella.
Friendster, here I come. What are some of your holiday potluck favorites?