I am writing today’s post as I wait in anticipation for the Oscars Red Carpet to start in a few hours. I cannot wait to see all the glamorous looks tonight. The nominees for the acting categories tend to look the best because the designers are eager to dress them, in case they win. So I have a feeling Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Ryan Gosling, Mahershala Ali, and all the other nominated actors are going to look flawless.
Okay sorry – just had to share my love of the Oscars one last time before awards season is over. On to the food!
This Asiago cheese bread started as a focaccia bread. I looooove rosemary focaccia so I really wanted to create an amazing loaf of it at home. However, after two attempts, it just wasn’t going as planned. The first loaf was too dry and thin and the second, though it tasted amazing, was too complicated that I didn’t feel comfortable sharing it with you guys.
So I decided to try making an easier version using store-bought pizza dough. I had leftover Asiago cheese so I decided to make one loaf with Asiago cheese and one with rosemary leaves.
And the Asiago cheese loaf came out unbelievably delicious! So that’s the one I want to share with you guys. Don’t worry – I’ll keep perfecting the rosemary one and will share later on.
Bread is super fun to make, but sometimes, getting the texture that you want can be difficult. So there’s no shame in taking a shortcut or too, especially if it yields incredible results.
Using store-bought pizza dough is one of my favorite shortcuts because it (1) cuts out all that rise time so I can use it almost immediately and (2) tastes just as amazing as the homemade version. I get mine from my grocery store’s bakery, so your local store probably sells it too. If not, most pizzerias will sell you a ball of dough so stop by there, as well.
After you’ve bought the dough, all you need to do is let it get to room-temperature, which can take about 1 hour. This makes it so much easier to work with. When the dough is cold, it’s stiff and hard to form into the shape you want. That’s important to avoid because, if you work the dough too much, it will loose all the air bubbles and become too flat.
As I mentioned above, my choice to use Asaigo cheese was based on the fact that I had a wedge of it leftover. So I shredded it and sprinkled it over the prepped dough. But you can use any toppings that you want: roasted red peppers, Italian herbs and Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, olives – whatever you want!
To help you along with this recipe, I have a few more tips for you:
- Asiago is a hard cheese so when you buy it from the store, the shreds will be pretty stiff, similar to shredded Parmesan. However, when you shred it yourself at home, it’s a little softer and fluffier so it has a nicer texture once it melts. Therefore, I highly recommend shredding it yourself at home, if you can. I used the grating blade on my food processor so it took SECONDS to shred. Here’s the one I have, which is super simple and affordable.
- Like I mentioned above, you don’t want to overwork the dough when you’re shaping it. Therefore, I recommend using your hands to shape the dough into a disk instead of forcefully forming the dough into a dish once it’s in the pan.
And that’s it, folks! It’s so simple to make that I don’t need to give you many tips. Hooray! Make this bread for your next pasta night or to serve along with your favorite cup of soup! What dish are you going to enjoy with this bread? Let me know in the comments below!
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Yummy pasta and soup recipes to eat with the Asiago cheese bread: