Toast Rolls with Sauce

by Maryam on September 8, 2010

Many times I ask myself this question “what does my blog adds to the massive number of cooking blogs out there? I know that there are millions and millions of the delicious recipes available allover the web! And the professional cooks have there own numerous cooking websites. And don’t forget the professional photographers who take amazing shots for food and cooking steps. I know that I’m not a well known photographer a nor a famous cook. However..

I still believe that there is something especial about this blog in some way!

Here is the reason behind that; first of all, I know that when I prepare a recipe, I’m preparing it with passion for the people who I love and care for! And I know that, when I search for a dish to cook, I want my family, friends, and colleagues to eat something tastes good, be happy and enjoy the gathering while eating a delicious meal. I Believe that this blog is full of love, care and devotion!

In these days Ramadan is coming to an end; and this recipe may be the last one to be posted for this month. After nine or ten recipes (if today’s recipeis counted) within this month only, I found that this month was my best Ramadan ever! I was super active and so brave to try recipes I never imagine that I would ever do, and guess what? I decided to continue what I’m doing after Ramadan. Hope I stick to it .. cross fingers !

Yesterday my friend invited me for a “late dinner party”. When she called, I was so busy doing the “last minute shopping” for Al-Eid. And you know when it comes to the last minute holidays shopping how crowded and busy the shops and malls would be. That’s why I wanted to do something new they never tasted before, but in the same time I didn’t wanted to be a time consuming!

This recipe was on my to “cook list”. The ingredients were available except for the spinach, so after finishing shopping I went to the nearby supermarket and bought a frozen chopped spinach. When I came home everything was ready to start cooking the toast rolls.

This recipe is my second recipe from senses II cookbook. This book is the book which many people loved the toast pie recipe I’ve adapted from! When I posted this recipe I didn’t imagine that people would like it that much, and when I saw the recipe pictures I thought that they were a big disaster! On the other hand, I received many complements on them. At the end of the day I realized that it doesn’t always seems as we see it!

bon appetite ..

Shopping List

18 Slices brioche or fresh white bread

1 pack frozen spinach, chopped, drained

1/4 cup fresh basil , chopped

3 cups tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, sliced

1 tablespoon oregano

1 cup feta cheese

1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

2 cups whipping cream

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 cup water

Salt and pepper

Making the toast rolls

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, sliced

1 tablespoon oregano

1 pack frozen spinach, chopped, drained

Using a medium sized skillet, heat 1 table spoon of olive oil for a mintue over meduim heat. Then add the sliced garlic clove, oregano and spinach to the hot oil. Cook until the spinach is tender. Set the cooked spinach aside.

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, sliced

1/2 cup fresh basil , chopped

3 cups tomatoes, chopped

1/4 cup water

Salt and pepper

Oven proof dish

Using another large skillet, place the remaining spoon of olive oil and garlic over medium heat. When the garlic color changes to light brown, add basil, chopped tomato and ¼ cup water, bring to boil, season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the tomato sauce in the oven proof dish.

1 cup feta cheese

1/2 parmesan cheese

In the same skillet that used to cook spinach. Mix together spinach, feta cheese and parmesan cheese, until well combined mixture.

18 bread Slices

Rolling pin

Roll out the white bread into thin slices. Using sharp knife cut out the crust to get 3.5 x 4.5” white square sheets. Fill the toast with spinach mixture at one end with small spoon, 2 to 3 spoons for each slice*,then roll the flattened bread slice to form cylindrical shape. Lay the rolled bread over the tomato sauce.

2 cups whipping cream

1/4 cup water

1/4 parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Salt and pepper

Making the white sauce: Mix together cream, water and half amount of the parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Then pour cream mixture over the bread rolls. Sprinkle with remaining half of the parmesan cheese and the mozzarella. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden top and cream is bubbling. Serve hot.


enjoy with love,

Maryam