You know what I love about Rhodes rolls? You can do ANYTHING with them!!! They are so crazy versatile, all the hard work is done for you with pre-formed dough, and with just a bit of thawing and rising time you can have fresh bread in no time! When it comes to Rhodes bread, the neighbor gift options are nearly endless. They would make a fantastic neighbor gift in so many ways. I wanted to do a little something different that just handing over a bag of frozen dough, so I decided to make some whole wheat baguettes to pair with homemade garlic butter and marinara sauce. Hello Italian night!
Themed gifts are the best! When I started with the fresh whole wheat baguettes I just kinda rabbit trailed the rest of the way to come up with this fun gift set. I know you can buy a jar of marinara for a couple of bucks, but there’s just something special about receiving a gift that’s homemade. Made from scratch. Made from the heart. Put together your gift set with a lovely kitchen towel, a strainer, some whole wheat spaghetti noodles, your fresh bread, marinara, and garlic butter! Anyone you give this gift to would be a lucky recipient!
But wait! There’s more! I’ve got a couple of the recipes for you below, but for the Fresh Whole Wheat Baguettes, run over to the Rhodes Blog for the recipe! There you’ll find more awesome gift giving ideas from Rhodes!
Homemade Marinara & Italian Garlic Butter
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, drained
- 2 15 1/2 ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. dried basil
- 1 tbsp. dried parsley
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
Italian Garlic Butter
- 1/2 c. butter softened
- 1/2 tbsp. fresh minced garlic
- 2 tbsp. parmesan cheese grated
- 1 tsp. dried or fresh parsley
Heat a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil, allowing it to warm for a minute, then add the garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until golden brown and fragrant.
Add the whole and diced tomatoes, and all seasonings, stirring to combine. Simmer the sauce for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, then season it with additional salt, pepper to taste.
With an immersion blender, blend tomatoes to your desired consistency.
Italian Garlic Butter
In a small mixing bowl, beat butter on high for several minutes using the paddle attachment.
After 30-60 seconds, add in remaining ingredients & continue beating another several minutes.
Transfer to an airtight container & store refrigerator (as you would with regular butter).
Italian Garlic Butter from Kleinworth & Co. - http://www.kleinworthco.com/2014/05/italian-garlic-butter.html/2
Adapted from Just A Taste
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