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Semi-homemade Garlic Bread

We had a fun busy weekend.  We got to celebrate Christmas a little early with my family.  We got to open a few presents and eat A LOT of food – already – and it’s only mid-December.  It’s weekends like we just had that make me realize how lucky I am. 

I have both of my parents, my stepmom  and my in-laws still living, my siblings and all of their kids were able to attend and we were joined by a couple of my step-siblings and their spouses.  It was a weekend filled with laughter and tears (both sad and joyous) and did I mention FOOD!


Why is it when we get together we overeat?  Could it be because my stepmom makes the best darn lasagna I’ve ever had and I only get it once a year?  Could it be that my mom’s full course meal of ham, turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes just tastes better because mom made it?  Could it just be the season?


Since I spent my weekend eating, laughing, eating, talking and eating, I decide to share the easy, semi-homemade garlic bread I made for the weekend to help with my family’s weight gain.  You start with some Rhodes frozen bread dough balls.  They can be found in the freezer section.  They are wonderfully easy to work with!   Prep your pan with pan goop; spread some minced garlic around; add your dough balls and let rise for 6 – 8 hours.  When ready, just bake and serve.  It makes your house smell WONDERFUL!


So when you are planning out your holiday menu, put this garlic bread on your list. I promise it too will help with your family’s weight gain this holiday season.

Semi-homemade Garlic Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes to prep pan, about 6 - 8 hours for bread to rise

Cook Time: 20 - 22 minutes

Total Time: 6 1/2 - 8 1/2 hours


Pan Goop
1 - 2 tablespoons minced garlic
Rhodes individual frozen bread dough balls


1. Grease your pan generously with Pan Goop. Any basic baking pan will do. An 8x8, 9x13, 9" round, etc. Each size of pan will hold a different amount of bread. An 8 x8 pan will hold approximately 9 balls, 9x13 - about 16, and a 9" round will hold about 8.
2. Spread about 1 - 2 tablespoons of minced garlic around the bottom of your pan.
3. Place frozen bread dough balls into your pan leaving space inbetween for them to spread and rise.
4. Cover pan with a tea towel and place in a warm place for 6 - 8 hours or overnight. This allows the bread dough to thaw and rise. I have started this recipe right before I go to bed and when I get up in the morning, it's ready to put in the oven. Or start right away in the morning and it will be ready to bake for dinner that night.
5. When dough is done rising, remove towel and place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees.
6. Bake for 20 - 22 minutes until the bread is golden brown.
7. Let cool for 5 minutes.
8. Serve warm with butter.
9. If you want to bake these ahead of time, cool completely then store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

These rolls are nice and soft and the little bit of garlic you add (which will adhere to the bottom of the roll) is just enough garlic taste but not so strong that no one will talk to you after eating them.

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One Response to “Semi-homemade Garlic Bread”

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    Audrey (Mom) — December 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Yes, the garlic rolls are so delicious – thanks for making and bringing them and for the weight gain too, Kendra! I even had one for breakfast with left over ham.