Friday night we’re going to the drive-in movies. Do you remember drive-ins? I do, from my childhood, and we’re lucky enough to have one not far from where I live now.
When I was little, my parents would load up the harvest gold Dodge Hornet with blankets, bags full of buttered popcorn and pillows, and we would head out to the local theater, where, so they tell me, I’d fall asleep before the previews even ended.
Some things never change. Movies at night still have the tendency to put me to sleep. That’s why I love the drive-in. Because it’s REALLY loud and I can move around if I need to. But, like my parents, I pack the car full of blankets, camping chairs and pillows in case one of us needs to catch a few zzzz’s.
I usually pack dinner as well. In the past I’ve made sub sandwiches or picked up some take-out pizza on the way. But this was an absolute hit last time I tried it. Just take it out of the oven and leave it wrapped in the foil, wrap the whole thing in a (clean!) hand towel to help keep it warm and bring it with you. Delicious, fun, finger-food!
Stuffed Italian Bread
1 stick butter, melted
1/8 cup olive oil
3 tsp minced onion
2-3 cloves garlic, grated
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
3 tsp chopped parsley
1 Italian loaf, about 12 inches long
12 oz grated cheese, mix of white cheddar and Monterey Jack
Preheat the oven to 350º F.
Mix the melted butter, olive oil, onion, garlic, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds and parsley in a bowl.
Cut the bread into cubes with X slices without cutting all the way through the bottom crust.
Pour the butter-garlic mixture carefully into those X cracks and over the top of the bread using a small spoon. Fill those delicious cracks with the grated cheese.
Wrap the entire loaf with foil, sealing the sides properly and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and unwrap. Bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and gooey.
Nutritional Information:Calories Per Serving: 638, Calories from Fat: 529, Fat: 60 g, Cholesterol: 150mg, Sodium: 780mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 1 g, Protein: 23 g