Slow Roasted Tomato & Bread Salad

Josh Allen, Companion Bread Guy, shows how to make a fabulous bread salad with roasted cherry tomatoes and Companion’s Ciabatta. Perfect as a light dinner or as a side for a feast with friends. Enjoy! Click here to download the recipe! Slow Roasted Tomato & Bread Salad ½ loaf Companion Ciabatta, cut into cubes 2 pints cherry tomatoes, varietal 8 basil leaves, chopped ½ cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced 2 cups arugula 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for tomatoes and bread Salt and pepper to taste Put all ingredients in a food processor and mix. Add a pinch of pepper and salt; add extra olive oil to smooth if necessary. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, toss the tomatoes lightly in olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread them out into a single layer on a sheet pan and roast for 15-20 minutes, until they are slightly blistered and soft. In another bowl, toss the Ciabatta cubes lightly in olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread the bread cubes out on another sheet pan in a single layer and toast in the same oven for 8-12 minutes, until lightly browned but still soft. Allow bread and tomatoes to cool. Place all remaining ingredients in a large serving bowl and gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Let marinate for 10 minutes. Add toasty bread cubes and roasted tomatoes to salad, fold gently and serve immediately.
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Italian White Bean Hummus Recipe

Watch Josh Allen, owner of Companion demonstrate how to make Italian White Bean Hummus served with toasted or grilled Companion bread. This dish makes the perfect appetizer. Get the full recipe below. Italian White Bean Hummus 2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed ½ cup parmesan Juice from 1 lemon (2 tablespoons) 1tablespoon fresh thyme ½ cup extra virgin olive oil Put all ingredients in a food processer and mix. Add a pinch of pepper and salt; add extra olive oil to smooth if necessary. Serve with toasted or grilled Companion bread.
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Perfect Crostini

Watch as Josh Allen, owner of Companion, demonstrates how to make the perfect crostini. This recipe is perfect for a soup, appetizer, or to snack on. Get the full recipe below. The Perfect Crostini Olive Oil Salt and Pepper Baguette (You can also use French Baguette, Pain Beaucaire, Cibatta, or Farm Bread) Cut the baguette into small, thin strips then put the strips into a bowl. Pour desired amount of olive oil over the bread and season with salt and pepper. Toss in bowl in order to cover bread then lay on a sheet pan. Bake in oven at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
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Baked Egg Dish

Watch Josh Allen, owner of Companion demonstrate how to make the perfect breakfast dish- Baked Eggs!  Served with a side of Companion bread, this dish is ideal to share with family or friends. Whether you make it the day before or the morning of, this dish will make breakfast your favorite meal of the day! Get the full recipe below. Baked Egg Dish 1 lb red potatoes 9 eggs 2 oz butter 2 oz flour 12 oz mile 12 oz creme 3 oz Parmesan cheese 1 oz dijon mustard 1 pinch salt and pepper 6 oz Gruyere cheese 1 cup of bacon pieces Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roast 1 lb of potatoes- add salt, pepper, olive oil and rosemary to your liking- set aside.Mix 9 eggs in a bowl and set aside.Melt butter and flour in a dish for 2 minutes. Add milk and creme. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes or until you get a consistency similar to pancake batter. Remove from heat.Wisk in Parmesan cheese and Dijon mustard. Add salt and pepper.Add 1/4 of the sauce to the mixed eggs and wisk. After wisking, add the egg mixture to the sauce.In an 8×8 pan, put the potatoes on the bottom. Cover the potatoes with the Guyere cheese then pour sauce and egg mixture on top.  Sprinkle with bacon.Bake for 45 minutes.
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Seasoned Bread Crumbs

Watch Josh Allen, owner of Companion, demonstrate how to make seasoned bread crumbs. The perfect solution to leftover bread, this recipe is fun and easy to make! Get the full recipe below. Seasoned Bread Crumbs Recipe Leftover Crostinis (You can also use Companion French Baguette, Pain Beaucaire, Cibatta, or Farm Bread) 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese Optional- salt, pepper, basil, oregano, parsley, thyme In a food processor, mix leftover crostinis and parmesan cheese. Add any other additional seasoning. Mix them together and you’re done!
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Grilled Bread

Watch as Josh Allen, owner of Companion, demonstrates the perfect solution to stale bread- grilling it! Although it is a simple process, there are certin breads that make especially great breads once their life becomes a little stale. Read the instructions below. Grilled Bread Instructions Cut desired bread diagonally, in half horizontally, or in slices. Lightly coat with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and set directly on hot grill.
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Caramelized Brussels Sprout Bruschetta, Brick Chicken with Root Vegetable Bread Salad, and Affogato

This week our “Bread Guy” – Josh Allen partnered with Chef Gerard Craft of Niche to host a behind-the-scenes cooking and baking demonstration and discussion for local bloggers and food writers. The gathering focused on three delicious courses that utilized the same Companion bread, Pain Beaucaire. The Chefs whipped up Caramelized Brussels Sprout Bruschetta for starters, Brick Chicken with Root Vegetable Bread Salad as the main course and Companion Affogato for dessert. Check out one of the great blogs and a few pictures of the event by clicking here Pictures of each delicious dish: Bruschetta Chicken Affogato
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Pulled Pork Ciabatta Sandwich with Schlafly Kolsch Barbecue Sauce

bbqSchlafly Kölsch Barbecue Sauce 4 oz bacon, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 Poblano pepper, chopped 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 1/3 cup molasses 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon yellow mustard 12 oz chili sauce ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 12 oz Schlafly Kölsch 1 teaspoon kosher salt In a heavy saucepan, render the bacon until crisp.  After the bacon is crisp, add the peppers, onion and garlic.  Cook until tender.  Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Carefully blend or puree with a hand blender and refrigerate. Counter Top Pulled Pork 2-4 pound boneless pork shoulder 12 oz Schlafly Kölsch ¼ cup orange juice 1 cup chicken stock Rub Ingredients: 2 tablespoons Kosher salt 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper ¼ cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon dry oregano 1 tablespoon dry thyme 1 tablespoon dry basil ½ tablespoon cayenne pepper Combine rub ingredients, rub evenly over the pork, wrap tight and refrigerate overnight.  The next day, place in crock pot and set to 250.  Add Schlafly Kölsch, orange juice and chicken stock.  After three hours, rotate the pork and continue cooking for 3-4 hours, until fork tender.  Remove from crock pot, shred meat and toss in Schlafly Kölsch barbecue sauce and serve on toasted Companion Ciabatta bread.
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Muffaletta

Josh and Mark Erker of the Boathouse restaurant in Forest Park appeared on Fox 2 News in the Morning to show viewers how to make the Muffaletta sandwich currently featured on the menu at the Boathouse.  Mark Erker is the first chef in the CollaBREADtive III series that kicked off last week. To learn more about the delicious Muffaletta sandwich and the CollaBREADtive III series watch the video below and visit our CollaBREADtive page here. For the Muffaletta recipe click here.

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Roasted Garlic Fougasse in Panzanella “Bread Salad”

CollaBREADtive Series 2 is coming to a close, and the final round features Chef Vito Racanelli of Onesto Pizza & Trattoria. Chef Vito has created a Panzanella “Bread Salad” with our Roasted Garlic Fougasse, a traditional French flatbread with chunks of roasted garlic. Check out the video of Chef Vito preparing his dish here, and try the recipe below at home. Click here for a list of places to pick up the Roasted Garlic Fougasse! PANZANELLA “BREAD SALAD”
  • 2 cups cubed Companion Roasted Garlic Fougasse (or you can use Companion Ciabatta, Pain Beaucaire, French Baguette or Millers Five Grain)
  • 2 cups chopped, varietal tomato
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup julienned red onion
  • pinch of salt & pepper
Salad-HOR-LRToss bread in a 1/2 of cup of olive oil with salt & pepper. Lay it out on a sheet pan and bake it at 350 degrees for 10 minutes Let cool for 15 minutes. Mix tomato, cucumber, basil, red onion, parmesan cheese, and olive oil. Marinate all ingredients for 10 minutes. Add Roasted Garlic Fougasse minutes before serving and toss all together.
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