Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread

Wow!  It's been a long time but I'm back!!! 

All I'm saying is that computer viruses are a royal pain!!

So guess what?  Father's Day is coming up....!

I'm going to do a series of posts for items that are PERFECT for father's day...whether it be a backyard grill, potluck supper, or a nice intimate dinner...these dishes are great tasting, and totally fit the bill.

First off...an appetizer.

I spotted this recipe over on Sara's and Kate's site, Our Best Bites.  These girls can really cook!  Go and check out their site...they also just published a cookbook...woohoo!

So I just had to try their Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread.  I made it as an appetizer over Memorial Day and it was cheesy herby heaven!  Let's just say that there was not one piece left!  This is such a versitale dish that you can vary the ingredients and change up the flavors.  I prepared it the original way this time, (with pesto and mozarella cheese) getting a large round loaf of bread to serve all our guests.  The magical thing is that it b l o o m s in the oven, just like a blooming onion!!! Really, it does!!

So here's the recipe...as written by Our Best Bites.  

Please make it....it's fabulous and a perfect appetizer. 

Note:  You can also use a little round loaf of sourdough and get a small version of this appetizer.

Oh My!

Click here for the link to the recipe on their site, or see the recipe below.
Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread
Recipe by Our Best Bites
1 loaf (16-24-oz.) crusty bread (we recommend sourdough)
8 oz. mozzarella*

1 of the following toppings:
   –1/2 c. pesto 

   –1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil mixed with 3-4 cloves pressed garlic (allow to stand for at least an hour before brushing onto the bread)
  –1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil mixed with 3-4 cloves pressed garlic and 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  –1/2 c. butter mixed with 3 tablespoons Garlic Bread Seasoning

  –1/2 c. butter mixed with 2 cloves pressed garlic, 1 tablespoon each fresh, chopped basil, rosemary, and parsley

*If you want to lighten things up a little, you can leave out the cheese and sprinkle to top of the bread with kosher salt and a little freshly ground black pepper.

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Slice bread into 1 1/2″ slices, not cutting through to the bottom. Rotate the loaf 90 degrees and slice the bread again every 1 1/2″ so you have 1 1/2″ pieces that are still attached to the bottom of the bread.

Place the loaf on the prepared baking sheet. Gently spread the desired filling into the cracks. Gently stuff the cheese into the cracks (you can just put the cheese going in one direction rather than on all four sides of each piece). Brush a little of the remaining filling on top of the loaf and sprinkle with a little remaining cheese. 

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until the bread is toasted on top and the cheese is melted. Allow to stand a few minutes before serving.

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  1. oh man, this looks crazy good! I can't wait to make it.

  2. Oh I have got to try this,nothing makes me happier than cheese & garlic.

  3. That bread looks so so good. I think I could eat the whole loaf all by myself. Thanks for coming by to share your recipe :) Have a great weekend!

  4. One word... AMAZING!


  5. OMG am i a sucker for bread! This looks AMAZING! thanks for linking up!

  6. This sounds like HEAVEN. I seriously could eat just this for dinner.

    I'm stopping in from This Chick Cooks.

  7. Your recipe is in the spotlight this week on These
    Chicks Cooked! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. This looks great I Have the magazine where this bread was, I have been drooling over it ever since I bough the magazine! I want to make it so bad, but I'm afraid I would eat it all :)

    Come see me at http://www.willcookforsmiles.com/

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  10. Oh goodness this sounds amazing! Must try it!

  11. Hello Beth!
    I found you through 'Fresh Food Friday' at Roz's place ans was so taken over by your Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread that I thought of dropping in!I absolutely loved your recipe.I have this event going on at my place for anything with bread in it...would love if you'd come over and take a peek!And link up maybe!:)


  12. Hi Beth, thanks so much for sharing this great bread recipe on Fresh Food Friday and Seasonal Saturday last week. It is one of the featured recipes for this week's edition! I hope that you can stop by, check it out, grab the 'featured' button, and share another recipe or 2 from any date. Thanks again! Roz

  13. PS: Forgot to tell you that I'm now your newest, happy follower too!

  14. This is always one of my favorite appetizers for parties! Found you on Melt in Your Mouth Monday and am your newest follower :)


  15. Saw this bread on What's Cooking Wednesday and it looks out of this world! Yummo! Thanks for the great recipe!

  16. Bread and cheese - I'll take 2 please! :) Great recipe. I'm so glad to see that you linked up this week! Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back next week!

  17. this looks beautiful and delicious thanks for sharing! You have such a great blog! I am your newest follower. I am featuring this on my blog today for Mouth-Watering Monday! Come check it out and feel free to grab a featured button!

  18. You're killing me with your recipes, lol. I could eat this entire loaf, no lie! Thanks again for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)



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