I wanted to call this “Party Bread” because it is sooo awesome – its best served at a party but it’s also like a party in your mouth. When you take a bite you wanna dance around in place a bit 🙂 People do that sometimes when they eat something really good. Well, the people I know at least.
I made this the other night to test it out and brought it over to my parent’s place for a little get-together. Everyone got so excited upon first seeing and then tasting the bread! I knew it would be delicious but I did not expect such a reaction. Maybe they were very hungry.
How can you go wrong – Garlic, cheese and good warm bread with a crunchy crust, you know the kind that almost hurts your mouth…
I bought a plain white Miche at Premiere Moisson, although you can use sourdough as well. That’s step 1. Your bread has to be fresh and delicious to start off with.
1 Miche loaf , plain white or sourdough
1/2 cup of olive oil (or 1/2 cup of melted butter if you dare – That’s 1 stick melted)
3-4 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 cup* of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup* of shredded mozzarella
(or just 1 cup of mozza-cheddar by Kraft)
*Adjust cheese quantities to your liking.
Preheat oven to 375F
Combine minced garlic and olive oil in a small bowl to marinate for a bit. You want your oil to be infused with garlic flavour. Add hot pepper flakes if you wish.
Cut your bread creating a crosshatch pattern, length-wise and cross-wise, cutting down to the bottom crust without cutting all the way through.
Brush olive oil and garlic pieces into all the slits.
Fill slits with shredded cheese, as evenly as possible.
Wrap in aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Uncover top and bake for about another 15 minutes or until cheese has melted and bread is crisp. (Don’t brown the cheese as this will cause it to harden and it won’t pull apart nice and gooey)
Serve immediately or do as I did – bring it to a pot luck and warm it up there.
Serve on an appetizer table or with the main meal.
Variations: you can add pepperoni to make it a pizza bread or simply brush in your favourite pesto.
Serving tip: Provide a knife for as the bread cools they may need a little help breaking it up and of course to eat the bottom crust as well.
Adapted from Justataste.com : http://www.justataste.com/cheesy-pull-apart-garlic-bread-recipe/