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!

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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.

Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  • 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!