I had this recipe pinned some months ago. I made it for our Friday movie snack and it was a super hit. The idea of slicing a bread in a crisscross pattern and stuffing them with cheese, garlic and onions appears delicious instantly. This type of garlic bread is very popular and belong to the pull apart bread family. What I loved the most is the explosion of textures when biting into a piece. It has a warm crunchy crust on the outer layer, soft bread texture on the inside, melted, stringy and gooey cheese awesomeness clinging to the bread, the great flavor from onion and garlic and the freshness from the basil all coming together in a perfect bite. It is a true experience and its like a blank canvas where you can add ingredients to ones liking. Please do try this the next time you have guests over for dinner.
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Italian Bread - 1 loaf
Cheese ( Monetary Jack, Mozzarella or some gooey melt able cheese) - 1 cup and 1/2 grated or cubed 1/4 inch bits
Red Onions - 1/4 cup finely chopped plus 1 tsp for spreading on foil
Garlic - 3 tbsp minced
Oil - 3 tbsp
Crushed Red Chilli Pepper - 1 tsp ( this will add spice, so adjust accordingly)
Fresh Basil / Parsley - 3 tbsp finely cut
1. Set the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cut a loaf of Italian bread into 1 inch slices on the diagonal going from left to right. Cut on the diagonal from the right to left to from a crisscross pattern.
3. Drizzle oil in between the squares and spread some on the top. Add the cheese in between the cuts.
4. Spread the garlic, onion and crushed peppers in between the cut pieces. Sprinkle basil.
5. Spread or spray some oil on the foil. Wrap the whole bread in the foil. Place it in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
6. Remove the foil on the top and bake the bread for another 20 minutes until the cheese is melted well.
7. Remove from oven and enjoy the bread like we did this afternoon.