Saturday, March 31, 2012

Garlic Cheesy Bread

I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to cheat a little bit by using Pillsbury's Crusty French Loaf dough (find it in the dairy aisle...it's packaged in one of those blue tubes like their cinnamon rolls). Feel free to make your own French bread loaves from scratch, if you have time. I made my own garlic butter (instead of buying pre-made) because it's a cinch. Use whatever kind of cheese you like! You will LOVE this bread...I mean, hello? Look at this cheesy, garlicky goodness!!


 Ingredients
1 package Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf dough (found in dairy aisle)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. garlic salt (or plain garlic powder if using salted butter)
1/4 lb. cheese (I used provolone, but mozzarella or white cheddar would be delicious, too!)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dough from the package and place (as is) onto a lightly greased baking sheet (seam-side down). Cut 4 or 5 shallow slits on top of the loaf. Bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the melted butter, minced garlic and garlic salt or powder.

After the 20 minutes of baking time is up, remove the bread from the oven and brush generously with some of the melted garlic butter. Bake another 5-7 minutes or until the bread begins to turn a golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, thinly slice the cheese.

Cut 1-inch slices 3/4′s of the the way through the loaf. Brush garlic butter in between each slice and fill with a slice of cheese. Bake another 3-5 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
Serve immediately.


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