Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Loaded Cheesy Garlic Bread (Updated)

UPDATE: I baked this from frozen, wrapped in foil, and it turned out just fine.  Next time I'll consider omitting the mayo all together because it was just too overpowering!


One of my most favorite recipe blogs is Favorite Family Recipes.  I can't remember how I stumbed upon them, but I added them to my Google Reader a while back and 99% of the recipes are ones that I really want to try.  They use ingredients that are "normal" and in my comfort zone, and the recipes are ones that both my husband and I can enjoy. 

I recently saw their post for Loaded Cheesy Garlic Bread* and it looked like something my husband, a pizza lover, would like.  Score.  Plus, it's something that you can make ahead and freeze for a quick dinner.  Erica says she does it as a side, but we ended up getting plenty full on our portions, so this would be a great family dinner.

I opted to take my French bread baguette and cut it in half width-wise, and then halved each half length-wise.  I cooked two quarters, and froze the other two for later.  We haven't yet baked up the frozen ones, so I can't comment on those, but the fresh ones got the "do over" approval from my husband, which is a great sign.

Since my husband is pickier than I am with food I ended up mixing only the ingredients he would want, then I split the mix and added in the rest of the ingredients.  I've modified the recipe the way I made it, but of course head over to their website for the original recipe.

  • 1 loaf french bread, cut in half widthwise, then again lengthwise (you'll end up with 4 quarters)
  • 1/2 c. I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise (next time I'll use a bit less since we're not big Mayonnaise fans)
  • 3 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 small can sliced olives
  • 40 slices turkey pepperoni, chopped (20 for us combined, then another 20 for my husband's half)
  • 1/2 c. mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced and chopped
  • Preheat oven to 325-degrees.  Line baking sheet with Silpat or foil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, mayonnaise, cheese and half of pepperoni using a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Move half of mixture to another mixing box and add remaining pepperoni.  Spread evenly over two quarters.
  • Back in the large mixing bowl add olives, mushrooms, and onions.  Spread evenly over two quarters.
  • Bake two quarters at 325-degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is slightly crispy.
  • Wrap remaining two quarters in foil, then put in ziplock bag or wrap in saran wrap.  Tuck in freezer for another meal.
*I see Garlic in the name, but the recipe doesn't call for it . . . odd
Comment below if you try it, and let me know what you think!