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CHEESY GARLIC BREAD

by Olivia

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What seems like ages ago I used to buy those frozen mozzarella garlic breads that you cook in the oven. They were the bomb.
This is similar but better, first because it’s fresh and second because you make it yourself practically from scratch aside from buying the bread. It starts with my recipe for the Best Garlic Bread then it’s topped with a trio of cheeses – mozzarella, Parmesan and white cheddar.

Why white cheddar on Italian-inspired garlic bread? Yes, I’m a mind reader. For a punch of flavor, mozzarella is so mild I wanted to give it a bit of a bite but still keep those melted mozzarella strings intact.

A loaf of Italian bread is sliced like an accordion or a hasselback potato so that the bottom is still attached. A mix of melted butter, olive oil, a ton of garlic and fresh chopped parsley is brushed between the slices then it’s wrapped in foil and baked.

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The slices are then cut all the way and set on baking sheets where it’s sprinkled with the cheese and set under the broiler to get bubbly hot and golden. Garlic bread dressed to the nines.
The leftovers are every bit as delicious – preheat them in a 350 degree oven for 5 – 10 minutes.

This is the perfect side to round out any pasta or Italian meal and is also good with soups and stews, roasted chicken, steak or meatloaf or all on its own, you know, just because, my favorite reason of all.

Just because it’s so tempting and delicious looking that you don’t want to wait for the perfect opportunity like dinner time so you make it now, right now, in the middle of the afternoon. I’m that girl. That’s my life every single day and I love it.

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For reading my posts and making my recipes and pinning my pictures and following me on social media even though it’s not my strong point.

There’s no reason without you.

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CHEESY GARLIC BREAD

CHEESY GARLIC BREAD

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes

My best garlic bread topped with a trio of cheeses – mozzarella, Parmesan and white cheddar then broiled until melted, bubbly-hot and golden.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 15- by 3 1/2-inch loaf Italian bread
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Italian seasoning, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir together the butter, oil, garlic and parsley in a small bowl.
  3. Using a serrated knife cut the bread into 1-inch-thick slices without cutting all the way through to the bottom, leave the slices attached to each other.
  4. Gently pull apart the slices and use a pastry brush to butter them with the garlic mixture.
  5. Wrap the loaf in foil and bake in the center of the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, unwrap and let cool until you can handle it without being burned.
  6. Heat the broiler with the oven rack in the center.
  7. Cut the slices all the way through and lay them out on baking sheets. Mix the parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella together.
  8. Top each slice with cheese and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.
  9. Broil them with the oven door ajar until bubbly with some golden spots about 3 minutes - check them often. Serve warm.
  10. Reheat leftovers in the oven about 5 minutes on 350 degrees F.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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