The Pantry: Cheesy Garlic Bread

Bread.  Do I really need to say more than that?  It doesn’t matter what kind it is.  It doesn’t matter how it’s baked.  If I could eat it alone as a meal, I probably would.

This cheesy garlic bread usually finds its way on our table when we have spaghetti, chicken parmesan, or a dinner salad. The nice thing about it is that it’s totally customizable—change the cheese, add some diced peppers or maybe some mushrooms, or mix up the spices a bit.  Whatever floats your boat.

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Ingredients

1 loaf Italian or French bread, split lengthwise

¼ cup butter, room temperature

1 heaping tablespoon garlic, finely diced

1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

½ teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup mozzarella, shredded

1 tablespoon Parmesan, shredded

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil.
2.  In a small bowl, mash together butter, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, and cheeses.


3.  Spread mixture on cut sides of the bread.

4.  Place bread on cookie sheet.  Bake for approximately 5-7 minutes.

5.  Change oven setting from bake to broil.  Broil on low until tops of bread are golden brown and bubbly.  Your time will vary depending on your oven.  It only takes 3-5 minutes in mine, and I keep my oven door open while the toast is broiling.

6.  Remove bread from oven.  Let cool, and then slice to serve.

Servings: 6-12, depending on how you slice it

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