Thursday, November 7, 2013

Garlic Basil Cheese Bread

I love bread.  All bread.  I don't discriminate because there bread goes with everything.  In my humble opinion every meal should be served with it.  This has a lot to do with why I'm not two sizes smaller than I want to be and I don't even care.  Breakfast should have biscuits or toast.  Dinner should be served with yeast rolls or french bread or this ooey gooey cheese bread.

This recipe originated as a grilled side item to bring to bar-b-que's when I lived in Cincinnati.  After burning it one too many times I now stick with throwing it in the oven.  Kroger, a grocery store for those of you who don't know, carries a sweet italian loaf that they sell in their bakery.  It's like King's Hawaiian bread but a little denser.  It's delicious on it's own but when you add butter, garlic, basil and mozzarella cheese to it, it becomes out of this world!  My mouth waters just thinking about it.

My friends ask for this recipe regularly.  Normally by text messages that go something like this.  "How do you make your bread?"  My bread.  That's right.  I feel like an amazing culinary genius when I receive these messages and phone calls.  I'm FAR from culinary genius.  Far.

Garlic Basil Cheese Bread


1 loaf sweet italian bread (or any loaf bread you prefer)
1 stick of butter
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
4 basil leaves finely chopped
1 16 ounce bag of mozzarella cheese

Accordion slice the bread making sure not to cut all the way through.  In saucepan or microwave melt the butter with the garlic.  Once it's melted add the basil and the cheese.  Mix well and place in between the slices of bread.  Bake on a sheet tray in a 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted.

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