My $7 Costco Buy That Won Dinner Last Weekend

published Jun 7, 2022
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Last weekend we had family in from out of town, and I did that thing (maybe you can relate?) where I scrambled last-minute to figure out what we would all eat. Lots of kids, three pairs of adults, hot weather, and little time to prep. I used Instacart to order a big batch of groceries from Costco because sometimes you just need an easy button! I ended up deciding on easy dinners of grilled chicken thighs and the ultimate grilled steak. And I also threw in one last-minute buy that turned out to be the delicious STAR of these family meals. Want to see?

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I bought two bags of their Kirkland Signature Artisan Rolls. (I paid $7.39 for 12 because I ordered through Instacart; if you pick up in store they would be $5.99, as seen on the bag above). These are ciabatta-style rolls, split in half, with an airy, chewy texture.

And then I did something so easy and simple (especially if you already have the grill fired up). I opened up the rolls (they’re already cut) and drizzled them lightly with olive oil. Then I sent them out to the grill, where we grilled them cut-side down for a few minutes right before dinner. This got them all blistered and crackled, with toasted edges and a delicious warm chewiness. If I hadn’t been out of garlic salt I would have shaken a little bit over them to make them a super-basic version of grilled garlic bread.

As it was, they were the most delicious dinner upgrade. People went for seconds and thirds, and turned the grilled bread into impromptu open-faced sandwiches heaped with salad and sliced steak. Toasted bread really is the best, isn’t it? It’s irresistible — especially when it has a little grill smoke, too.

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If you want to try this just buy ciabatta rolls from the grocery store (or Costco if you’re there). Split them, drizzle with olive oil, and grill. Or, if you don’t have a grill, run them under the oven broiler for two to three minutes or until they get just a hint of black around the edges. If you want to get extra fancy, add a shake of garlic or onion salt, or some dried herbs.

Yes, I know, toasted bread: It’s such a basic thing, right? It’s not rocket science that everyone loves it. But sometimes it’s good to remember just how easy it can be. Don’t bake; just toast!

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This post originally published on Kitchn. Read it there: My $7 Splurge from Costco That Won Dinner Last Weekend