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Cheese & Garlic Bread Ring with fruity salad

Updated on June 17, 2015
Cheese and garlic loaf with fruity salad.
Cheese and garlic loaf with fruity salad. | Source

Quick and easy garlic and cheese ring with tomato melon salad

This completely yummy garlic cheese bread takes only a few minutes to prepare. Once it's then baking in the oven, help yourself to a nice glass of wine and enjoy those delicious aromas as the bread bakes.

This meat free recipe uses one of my favorite 'emergency' foods - a tube of ready-to-bake dough. Garlic and slices of cheese are added and as a concession to healthy eating, served with tomato, melon and salad leaves. Wow.

We have this as a meat-free dinner or lunch and it's perfect on its own. The addition of a bowl of soup is a wonderful idea, especially on cooler days. Heinz tomato is our favorite - imagine this lovely bread dunked in delicious soup. It's great as an accompaniment too, particularly if you're entertaining. Place the bread ring in the middle of the table and guests can help themselves. It's especially good with pasta dishes - use the garlicky bread to mop up the sauce. Mmm.

It's doubtful that you'll be able to stop this from being gobbled up at once but given the chance, this is also delicious when cold.

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All you need

Ingredients required
Ingredients required | Source

To make one ring

When we are having this for dinner or lunch, these quantities are perfect for the two of us - we are admittedly greedy. If you're serving this with a hearty soup it will serve four and with a pasta dish, even more people.

  • 1 tube French bread dough
  • 1 wedge melon. Cantaloupe is tasty - and pretty
  • 1 tomato
  • About 4oz cheese. I like to use a mix - this time it was mild cheddar and a tangy blue cheese
  • 4 garlic cloves - use less or more depending on how many vampires you need to keep at bay
  • Salad leaves

This takes about two minutes

Form the dough into a ring on a baking tray
Form the dough into a ring on a baking tray | Source

DOUGH

Pre-heat the oven to the temperature recommended on the can. This varies depending on the brand. Luckily, the dough comes out of the tube in a long sausage shape so there's no rolling involved. I simple grab each end and wobble it up and down for a few seconds. This makes the sausage thinner and longer. Arrange it in a circle on a baking tray or cookie sheet and lightly score it with a knife at intervals. Put this into the oven to bake and enjoy the smell of freshly-baked bread as it wafts through your kitchen.

OLIVE OIL

Pour the oil into a small bowl and add the crushed garlic. Let the flavor permeate the oil while the bread bakes. (If you make too much - and sometimes I do deliberately - this garlicky oil can be kept in the fridge and drizzled onto salads. It's particularly delicious on sliced tomatoes).

OXO SteeL Garlic Press
OXO SteeL Garlic Press

Don't you just love having fingers that smell of garlic?

No?

I don't either.

A good garlic press is the answer. This is the one that I use and it's goodbye stinky fingers.

 
Garlic
Garlic | Source

Assemble

Assemble the loaf
Assemble the loaf | Source

PREPARE THE BREAD

Remove the ring from the oven about five minutes before the recommended cooking time. The brand I use most has a twenty minute recommendation so I take it out of the oven after fifteen.When it's cool enough to handle, slice through the bread using the score marks you made earlier as a guide.

Don't cut all the way through - leave a centimeter or so at the bottom of every slice so that the ring holds together. Gently open each slice and pour or brush the garlic oil onto each surface. Use a brush or your fingers to smear it in. Save a little to add to the top of the loaf.

Add garlic to the loaf
Add garlic to the loaf | Source

Cheese

Slice the cheese
Slice the cheese | Source

CHEESE

Roughly cut the cheese into slices and pack them into the cavities. Return the loaf to the oven for the remainder of the cooking time or until the cheese is melted.

Pack the cheese into the loaf
Pack the cheese into the loaf | Source

SERVE

Allow the bread to cool a little while you chop the tomato and the melon. All them, with the salad leaves to the center of the loaf and serve.

Serve with fruity salad
Serve with fruity salad | Source
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      countrypeople 4 years ago

      This looks de-lish!

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      Writing Nag 4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yum! Looks easy and delicious!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DawnRae64: Thank you - it's very good :)

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      this looks interesting and tasty. I'm glad you did this lens.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @kellybrushwood7: I hope you'll enjoy it - remember that garlic keeps vampire away :)

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      kellybrushwood7 4 years ago

      This is really interesting. Something I never would have come up with on my own. It would be great for our Fall/Halloween party at work! Thanks for the idea!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Adventuretravels: Enjoy!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      Yes we are going to do this tomorrow! Thanks we all love garlic bread.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @silla lm: I know - it does sound a little odd! But it's really tasty and the fruit makes it healthier :)

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      silla lm 4 years ago

      The title of this lens caught my attention - it seems like a weird combination, but looks like it might taste good! I love garlic bread, so I might try this if I'm feeling adventurous :)

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      Wow. Gorgeous pictures...and wow, that looks good.

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      This colorful and creative bread, looks simply delicious! Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      What an interesting combination. It looks really good.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      oh looks so delicious!

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      Pinar Unlu 4 years ago from Mugla Turkey

      Looks so good, yummyy, I will try !You may like my page of Turkish Vegetarian Food Recipeshttps://hubpages.com/food/turkish-food-recipes

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: It is :) So easy to make too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Saw your lens featured on the IMMINENT! Things That Are Round Highlight ReelOne word.... YUM

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @yania227: Very tasty indeed :)

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      yania227 4 years ago

      Waw, great idea and it must be so good!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @girlfriendfactory: Thank you!

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      Yummmmmmmmmmmmy! This looks so good!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @masunyoananda: Thanks for visiting - I hope you try it :)

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      masunyoananda 4 years ago

      This looks really delicious and easy to give it a try. Thanks a lot for sharing...:)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @smine27: Thank you for visiting!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Stuwaha: Thanks you! It's so easy - even I can do it. When I take a bit more care with presentation, it makes a lovely centerpiece for the table.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @CSBSEWS: Enjoy - it's really good :)

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Brilliant misuse of fruit in the traditional British style. Don't your bread rings look like Mrs Cradock's?

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Wow this looks really good. Thanks for sharing!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      Another beautiful and simple recipe .... I really must try this :)

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      Carolyn Bennett 4 years ago from Longview, Washington

      Can't wait to try this..

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @JohnTannahill: Haha - John,I think I love you :)

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Oh that looks delicious. It may be sacrilege around here but Stilton and garlic are so good together.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Susan Zutautas: It's so good and so easy to make that it almost makes itself :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sounds great and I'll try your recipe one day next week when I'm having my carb day.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Nancy Hardin: It will be perfect with spaghetti!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Sounds yummy! Will make a great dish accompanying my spaghetti dinner. Thanks for sharing.

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