How to Use a Simple Loaf Pan to Create a Three-Course Meal

Fat Daddio's Loaf Pans Loaf pans are commonly used to make tasty baked goods such as pumpkin and banana-flavored loaves. This particular piece of bakeware is surprisingly versatile, however, and one can create a three-course meal with this one...

Fat Daddio's Loaf Pans
Fat Daddio's Loaf Pans

Loaf pans are commonly used to make tasty baked goods such as pumpkin and banana-flavored loaves. This particular piece of bakeware is surprisingly versatile, however, and one can create a three-course meal with this one useful pan. Grab a few loaf pans and spice up your next dinner party with this unique and fun three-course menu.

Appetizer

Kick -start your loaf pan dinner party with some Italian style cauliflower cheese sticks. With this simple recipe, you can have homemade bread sticks in just 45 minutes. Get started by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and gathering the following ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ of a large cauliflower head, “riced”
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • ½ teaspoons dried Italian herb seasoning
  • Marinara dipping sauce

Directions:

To rice your cauliflower, cut it into small florets and place them in a food processor,or you may rice it by hand using a cheese grater.Place the cauliflower in a bowl and cook in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the garlic with a teaspoon of olive oil and warm in a skillet over low heat. When the garlic has become soft and the cauliflower is cooked, combine the egg, Italian seasoning and just one fourth of the mozzarella cheese in a large bowl. Spread this mixture into your loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes. After the half hour has passed, flip the garlic loaf over, pour the remaining cheese on top,and bake for an additional 10 minutes.  After your garlic loaf has cooled, divide it into individual sticks, pour your marinara sauce into individual dipping bowls and serve.

Lasagna
Lasagna

Main Course

One of the most fun main courses you can create in a loaf pan is lasagna. This can be used for a romantic dinner for two, as you and your significant other can split the lasagna loaf while cracking open a bottle of wine. You can also bake a few loaves for a larger gathering. Consider having a “make your own lasagna” night, providing a variety cheeses and vegetables for your guests to use at will. This recipe is easy enough for anyone, as you simply need to layer the unbaked noodles and the ingredients of your choice, cover with tinfoil and bake for 35 minutes in an oven preheated at 350 degrees.

Sweet Stuff

Loaf pans are ideal for baking delicious treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth. This winter, try something different by using a loaf pan to create warm and delicious baked apples. You can serve as many as four people with just one loaf pan by placing the apple halves vertically in the pan, or use just two apple halves for a cozy dinner for two. Not only is this loaf pan dessert delicious, it is also incredibly simple to make. Simply core and slice your apples into halves and place them in the loaf pan. Combine 2 table spoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 2 tablespoons of flour and 4 tablespoons of quick oats. Pour this mixture into the apple halves and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon over the apples. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 30 minutes and serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The next time you are looking to create a different dinner experience, turn to your versatile loaf pan. You’ll wow your dinner guests with this tasty three-course meal.