Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Three Cheese Garlic Bread

What's a pasta meal without some good garlic bread to sop up extra pasta sauce? For the recent pasta party dinner I hosted, I knew garlic bread would make it to the table. However, rather than the usual garlic butter slathered bread most are familiar with, I added a trio of cheeses on top for good measure and good eats! My Three Cheese Garlic Bread didn't last long and it's no surprise why...

I'm sure many people have their own special way of making garlic bread. I usually make a compound butter with softened unsalted butter, fresh and dried herbs (oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil, tarragon, etc) and minced garlic. This is then spread onto french bread halves and baked until toasted. This time around, after toasting the bread, I sprinkled a trio of mozzarella, asiago and provolone cheese on top and baked it in the oven until it melted into cheesy deliciousness. Mmm... cheese always makes things better!

Three Cheese Garlic Bread
original Joelen recipe

1 large French bread or Pane Italiano bread loaf, halved crosswise
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1-2 roasted garlic cloves, smashed
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, finely minced
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded asiago cheese
1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a bowl, combine the butter, garlic powder, roasted garlic, salt and parsley to create a compound butter. Spread the butter on each bread half and bake in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes until slightly toasted.

Meanwhile, combine the shredded cheese in a bowl.

Remove the bread from the oven and top with the combined shredded cheese. Place the cheese topped bread halves back in the oven and bake until cheese is melted. Serve hot.

* To make ahead/freezer meal - Prepare the compound butter as directed above and spread on each bread half. Wrap bread in foil and freeze. When ready to prepare, bake in preheated oven as noted above. Remove bread from oven and top with shredded cheese and continue baking as directed above.