My friend Michelle loves to throw big parties, with plenty of food and plenty of friends. I think it must be the large Italian family thing, one is never at a loss for food or great company at her house.
One of my favorite dishes that usually makes an appearance at Michelle's is this "cheesy bread", a sort of cross between garlic bread and pizza. It's a great way to help feed a lot of hungry people, and easy to pull together, even at the last minute.
I've shown them sliced, but you could easily cut them crosswise again for smaller appetizer bites. But watch out, they're addictive!
Have a variation of cheesy bread that you love? Tell us about it in the comments!
This recipe can easily be doubled or scaled up to make even more.
4 ounces (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
8 ounces (about 2 cups) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped green onion (to taste)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sour cream, optional
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 stick (1/4 cup, 2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened to the point of being slightly melted
1 loaf French or Italian bread (I used Ciabatta)
Make the cheesy topping:
In a small bowl, mix the butter and garlic together until smooth. In a separate large bowl, mix together the cheeses and the green onion. Stir in the mayonnaise and sour cream. Add the butter mixture to the cheese mixture.
Spread cheese over bread:
Preheat broiler. Slice loaf of bread in half horizontally, lay crust side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spread cheese mixture over the bread.
Place under the broiler:
until nicely browned, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Remove from broiler and let sit for 5 minutes until cool enough to handle. Slice the bread with a bread knife. Serve.
Try mixing in other ingredients with the topping mixture, such as chopped black olives, chopped canned artichoke hearts, minced shrimp, or crab meat.
Olive cheese bread - from Ree of Pioneer Woman Cooks
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||17%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||34%|
|Total Carbohydrate 5g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||3%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|