Using smaller rolls with different toppings not only adds variety but makes it easier for guests with food restrictions.
Use your favorite rolls or sourdough bread. The toppings used for this recipe included: Basil, parsley, red onions, mushrooms, jalapeno, pepperoncini, olives, salami, pancetta, chorizo, roasted peppers and capers. Have fun and create your favorite toppings!
Tip: Placing all your ingredients on a cutting board or baking tray makes it easier for assembly / pre prep and you can also place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Another idea to have your guests build their own rolls. Have the bread sliced, meat cooked, vegetables chopped. Not only will your guests have fun making their own creations but the bread will be served right out of the oven.
- 12 rolls or your favorite bread
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cheese: mozzarella, cheddar, gorgonzola, pepper jack, etc
- Toppings: bacon, sausage, chorizo, pancetta, herbs, olives, mushrooms, roasted peppers, capers, etc
Heat oven to 350°F.
Using a serrated knife, slice rolls in one direction, then turn it 90 degrees and slice the other direction, making sure not to cut through the bottom crust. (If the bread is too soft to cut through, place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before cutting). Place rolls on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
In a bowl or cup, mix together the melted butter, minced garlic and salt. Using a spoon or turkey baster, drizzle melted butter over rolls making sure to drizzle between the cut areas.
Add cheese and toppings into the cut areas of the bread. If using raw meat, cook before adding to the bread.
Wrap foil loosely over the rolls and bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted Serve immediately.
To make ahead: assemble rolls with toppings and place in the refrigerator. Bake when your guests arrive.