Cheesy Garlic Bread

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OK, we usually don’t eat like this, but once in a while, it’s fun to indulge in some garlicky, buttery, cheesy, crunchy goodness. 

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Even though it seems like there are a lot of steps, it’s actually really easy to make, and it freezes well too. I usually make 2 loaves at a time, giving me enough for that night’s dinner and 3 more in the freezer. But this post is just for one loaf. (Half for tonight, half for the freezer.)

grate the garlic

 First, preheat the oven to 400°

Then, start working on your butter & garlic mixture. You can either crush, chop, or grate your garlic. It just depends on if you want the actual garlic on the bread or just the flavor infused into your butter. If you want the garlic, use a zester to grate the garlic into the butter. I decided to grate mine, and my 5 year old took this picture for you.

Butter & garlic

 Then just gently heat the garlic and butter while you’re working on the bread and cheese.

Cheesy garlic bread-mix cheese Mix the cheeses, mayo, and basil in a medium sized bowl.

garlic-butter

With a serrated knife, cut the loaf in half.  Then cut each half horizontally. You’ll have 4 pieces; 2 tops and 2 bottoms.

Brush the infused butter generously onto each section of bread

 Divide the cheese mixture among the 4 sections and spread evenly to the edges. (And do a better job than I did on this piece.)

Cheesy garlic bread-ready

Cheesy garlic bread-Ready to Freeze

 Put two sections in a freezer bag labeled “Cheesy Garlic Bread” and pop it in the freezer for another day.
You may want to also write on the bag a note to bake on 400° for 10 minutes.

Cheesy Garlic Bread-browned Put the other 2 pieces on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and the bread is golden brown.

Cut into individual pieces and serve!

Garlic bread-Full Meal Here’s the meal we ate this particular loaf of bread with. That’s Sour Cream Noodle Bake  if you want to make it too.

 
Serves: 16
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Cheesy, crunchy, garlic bread
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf of French bread (Italian will work too)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ c mayo
  • tsp. dry basil
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 cloves garlic.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Place butter in a small saucepan on medium heat.
  3. To prepare garlic, break the skins off by hitting the cloves with something heavy like a soup can. Give the garlic a rough chop and add it to your butter,or grate it straight into your saucepan. (See picture).
  4. Let the garlic flavor infuse into the butter while you prepare the cheese mixture and bread.
  5. Mix the cheeses, mayo, and basil in a medium bowl.
  6. Using a large serrated knife, cut the whole loaf in half lengthwise, then cut each section in half horizontally, so you have a top and a bottom from each section for a total of 4 sections.
  7. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with foil and lightly spraying with cooking spray.
  8. When the garlic butter is ready, use a pastry brush to spread butter evenly onto the bread. If you used chunks of garlic, just remove the chunks. If you grated the garlic, try to make sure you don't get too much garlic in one area. You don't have to use all the garlic in the pan, the flavor will be in the butter.
  9. Divide the cheese mixture between the two halves of bread and spread evenly with the back of a spoon.
  10. Bake on the prepared baking sheet for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and the edges of the bread are lightly browned.

 

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