Thursday, November 14, 2013

Garlic bread

You can say what you want but bread and butter are an unstoppable combination. There is just something about hot right out of the oven bread served with salted room temperature butter that just makes everything better.

When I was a kid my Grandma who lived with us would make sandwiches with butter instead of mayonnaise. I thought it was brilliant my brother thought it was gross. Of course my brother and I also disagreed on the whole Miracle Whip vs. Mayo debate as well. I love Miracle Whip and he hates it so we always chose to disagree on those topics. One thing we both agreed on though, hot buttery garlic bread is always a good thing.

Now garlic bread is something that gets a bad rap I think. So much garlic bread is kinda badly done. For example you can definitely taste the difference between frozen garlic bread and garlic bread made from scratch. Although I will say that "Cole's" brand garlic bread in the freezer is pretty darn good.
But I digress. The best garlic bread I ever had was the garlic bread at a place called Vienna Trattoria in Vienna Virginia. My family would go there for Pizza on movie nights and besides the pizza dough being spiced ever so slightly with nutmeg which was actually rocking good, they had the best garlic cheese bread I have ever had. So rich and juicy and cheesy and good. It was the best part of the meal. And like the cheddar garlic biscuits at Red Lobster it was addictive.

Now make regular garlic bread when I make my Half Time Scallops dish and use it to mop up the sauce. But I also make it when I make simple spaghetti and meat sauce and when I make roasted Oysters. However garlic cheese bread is for special occasions and dishes that need a boost like a big dinner salad or soup meal. That's when this bread is the best. You can also serve it with Cioppino the San Francisco seafood stew. It's great with that.

So now that the weather is getting colder and we are enjoying warming foods that make out tongues and tummies happy. So get in on this stuff it's good! Enjoy Ya'll.

"Garlic Herby Cheesey Bread"

So this is my super secret ( not really) recipe for garlic cheese bread. Those of you who have had it know of it's goodness, those who have not, should make it!

1 large loaf fresh good quality sourdough french or Italian Bread or Ciabatta works well
1/2 Stick butter at room temperature
4 ounces of Boursin cheese room temp
3/4 cup Mayonaise
6 cloves ( about 1/4) cup cut in half
1/2 cup fresh parsley finely chopped ( half reserved for sprinkling over the top)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoons dried Italian Seasoning
4 whole green onions chopped
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Slice the bread in half longwise
Melt 1/2 of the butter and place garlic in it and let sit on warm heat till garlic is infused about 10 mins then strain garlic let cool
In a bowl add all ingredients including the rest of the butter.
Stir well to combine
Cut loaf in half length-wise
Spread melted butter on bread
Spread mixture on top
Place open faced on baking sheet
Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 mins till bubbly
Slice and serve warm!


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