Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cheesy Homemade Garlic Bread

Life moves really fast sometimes - where it becomes so easy for us to buy all of the pre-made frozen garlic bread and just cook that up whenever pasta is on the menu.  This recipe may take a few minutes longer than it's frozen counterpart, but it is super easy and definitely a fresher option.
The freshness of the French Bread and gooeyness of the melty cheese creates a winner side dish for any pasta dinner for everyone in the family - kids included.  

One thing that makes this incredibly flavorful is the time to infusing the melted butter with garlic.  The rich garlic flavor that develops from that infusing is perfectly balanced by the mozzarella.  One big thing, when you pull these out of the oven and cut them, make sure to tent them with tin foil.  They lose heat quickly and are great when they are still hot/warm!

Cheesy Homemade Garlic Bread

Ingredients:

  • One loaf French Bread
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • Garlic powder, if desired**
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preparation:
  • Begin by melting the butter on the stove over med-low heat placing the 2 crushed garlic cloves in and let the butter infuse with the garlic flavor.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.  
  • Cut the French loaf down the center.  Brush the bread with melted butter.  **If desired, sprinkle garlic powder over the butter.  Cover with tin foil, place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven, remove foil, add shredded cheese to bread. Place back in oven and bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese is all bubbly and melted.  Remove, let stand for a minute and then cut for serving. 

Happy Melting!!!

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