Potato Soup Served In A Bread Bowl
Personally, my favorite is clam chowder in a bread bowl, alongside a salad with vinegarette or hearts of palm and artichoke hearts with a lemony dressing. Broiled tomatoes are another "light" juicy favorite accompaniment and some grilled asparagus. For dessert, maybe a strawberry shortcake, or even just some simple cookies, like florentines, cheese rugelach, and jelly thumbprints...
I like any creamy soup in a bread bowl - broccoli cheddar soup, corn, ham and potato chowder. Serve with a salad of romaine, orange segments, thinly sliced fennel, gorgonzola cheese and a light lemon vinaigrette. Fruit kebabs are easy and fun. Easy desserts are best - all cut small and people can try more than one - lemon bars, barefoot contessa brownies, chocolate chip cookie bars, mini muffins - cranberry, banana.
chowder, i think, is the classic. but chili in a bread bowl is also very very good.
i also like it when a place does something "more" with the bread bowl - doesn't just use the plain bread, but seasons it and toasts it before the filling goes in. It just makes the taste that much better.
It's getting a little late in the season for this, but I serve beef stew in bread bowls. I use the plain white bread recipe from Beard on Bread. After baking, I slice off the top and hollow out the inside. Then brush with garlic-infused olive oil and re-bake until the interior of the bread bowls is crispy. I make crumbs from the bread "insides" and sprinkle on top of the stew.
For a Mexican twist on the theme, how about Sopa de limon or Sopa de Ajo in a toasted bollelo.. Salad of sliced strawberries or mangos with avocado in a sesame vinagrette. Dessert a pina colada bread pudding.
Whatever you decide to make, adding the garlic oil to the bread bowl boasts the WOW factor.
Hey guys - OP asked what to serve WITH the bread bowl - not IN it!
I would go for salad with lots of crunchy vegetables - a nice contrast with potato soup and bread bowl which are both starchy. Bright colors would be a good addition too (bread bowls are fun but a bit boring to look at). Red peppers and carrots on dark green lettuce would be pretty. Fruit would be good too and of course one should always serve dessert ;) Maybe a fruit dessert? Something with chocolate for a flavor contrast - a dese flourless cake with raspberries?
In my experience you can serve anything at church and it will get eaten and appreciated!