Cheesy Garlic Bread

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Super Bowl Sunday is all about the snacks for Hubby.  I never make the same thing every year, mainly because I can never remember what I make from year to year.  This year, though, I decided to make a cheesy garlic bread that just might make an appearance again in our house–maybe even before Super Bowl Sunday next year.

This bread could be no easier to prepare, especially if you purchase a loaf of bread and have some garlic scape pesto on hand (or, if the mood strikes you, use regular basil pesto and dunk it in marinara sauce).  If you don’t have either, then it will take a little more planning on your part, but it’s still an easy, gooey, delicious treat to make.  If you like garlic, cheese, and bread, then this recipe is for you.

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Cheesy Garlic Bread

1 loaf of sourdough or French bread

1/2 cup garlic scape pesto (alternatively, melt 1/3 cup butter and stir in some freshly minced garlic, a little salt, some chives, chipotle pepper powder…whatever you feel like adding to the mix)

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

olive oil

To prepare the bread, use a serrated bread knife to cut the bread at a 45 degree angle, not quite cutting all the way through the bottom of the loaf.  The rotate the bread and cut at a 90 degree angle to your first cuts to give you diamond-shaped pieces of bread.  Place the bread loaf on a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil–this will be used to wrap the loaf while it bakes, so make sure the piece is large enough to completely wrap your loaf of bread.

Use a butter knife to smear garlic scape pesto into every possible nook and cranny of the bread you can locate (if using melted butter, use a brush).  Mix the cheeses together and stuff little bit of cheese mixture down in between the bread pieces, leaving a little bit to sprinkle on top.  Drizzle with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil on top.  Fold the foil along the long side of the loaf and roll down to secure.  Fold in the ends.  Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes, or until the cheeses have melted. Serve immediately.  You can serve with marinara sauce, salsa, or if you are feeling really threatened by vampires, more garlic butter.

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