Friday, April 2, 2010

Garlic Cheese Bread

Source: The Pioneer Woman

When we go back to Michigan, there are 2 places I absolutely HAVE to eat: Bravo Cucina Italiana, which is a chain, but makes the most A-MA-ZING chopped salmon salad (blackened salmon, field greens, tomatoes, asparagus, feta, Parmesan, and balsamic vinagrette). I also have to get pizza and three-cheese bread from Hungry Howie's. It's funny, there really aren't that many good pizza places that I've found in California, whereas Michigan is nothing BUT pizza. I love Hungry Howie's pizza, but even more I LOVE their three-cheese bread. In a line up of my favorite indulgences, it would come out number one, every time. I've tried other versions, like Domino's, but they're just not the same.

I saw this recipe and thought, "I have my dupe!" It was pretty close, but no dupe. First off, it's made on French bread, which is good, but just not the same as pizza dough. Secondly, though I typically love the taste of green onions, I did not like them in this recipe. As we've learned, I'm a carbs and cheese purist. Do NOT get in the way of my cheese flavor!

Another suggestion is do NOT refrigerate the cheese mixture. Or, refrigerate it, and then take out awhile before you're making the recipe. Similar to spreading cold butter on just doesn't work. Soften up that mixture first!

Garlic Cheese Bread


3-½ cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
¾ cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated (mozzarella would be a good substitution)
½ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
½ cups (real) Mayonnaise
4 whole Green Onions, White And Light Green Parts Minced
1 dash Salt
1 loaf Crusty French Bread
1 stick Butter
4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced

Preparation Instructions

1. Mix cheeses with the mayonnaise and the green onions. Add dash of salt to taste and set aside or keep in fridge until you need it.

2. Cut loaf of bread in half, then each half into half again.

3. Working 1/4 loaf at a time, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet and add 1/4 of the minced garlic. Place 1 of the 1/4 loaves face down in the skillet, swirling it to soak up the butter and garlic. Allow bread to toast in the skillet, removing garlic if it starts to get too brown.

4. Repeat with remaining butter, garlic, and bread.

5. Spread cheese mixture on warm loaves and bake in a 425 degree oven until cheese is hot and bubbly, about 10 minutes.

6. Slice and serve. And then get on the Stairmaster. Pronto!

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