Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

Ok, I am breaking my own rule of staying organized and blogging things in order as I make them, but I just HAD to open up these pictures and see how they turned out.  Have you ever seen a more gorgeous sight than all that cheese and bread?!?!  The cheese literally goes on and on all the way to the bottom where you also find scallions and garlic butter!  Talk about heaven!

As I have probably mentioned a few times before, we are usually trying to watch what we eat so things like this don’t really fit the bill.  I have successfully scrolled past countless recipes for cheesy pull apart breads in the past, but I guess I had a limit because when I came to this one I just couldn’t resist.  I knew it wasn’t a great idea, but I decided to make it for “dinner” and just serve some salad with it.  I can’t say that I regret it, but my stomach may have that night lol.  Sometimes you just have to make those types of sacrifices for the sake of your blog though, right?  Anyway, this is a great thing to serve before a meal.  It could serve a lot of people, but I would suggest making it for close friends or family given that you are all eating it with your fingers….

It’s pretty easy to make, though admittedly a little frustrating at times.  Hopefully you have a nice sharp knife on hand because it’s not that easy to make a grid pattern without breaking off pieces.  When that happens don’t fret though just leave them there and the cheese will glue it all back together at the end.  Do take your time though and make careful cuts.  The other frustrating part was trying to get ALL THAT CHEESE down into and on top of this thing!  4 cups of cheese is A LOT!  Just keep pressing it down into the crevices and piling it on top.  I actually gave up and kept a little back to put on top once some of it melted down and that worked too.  Though we probably could have, my husband and I did not finish this the first night.  I wrapped it back up in new foil and put it in the fridge.  It was just as fantastic the next day warmed up a little!

 

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

makes : 1 loaf

Ingredients :

  • 1 large loaf or boule-style Italian bread (Sourdough or French could also work)
  • 1/2 C. butter, melted
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (I probably used more like 3 lol)
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded (2 cups)
  • 8 oz. Monteray Jack, shredded (2 cups)  (I used Mexican blend because I am too lazy to grate cheese and it’s hard to find small bags of just Monteray Jack)
  • parsley

Directions :

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a sheet of heavy-duty foil with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cut a cross-hatch pattern into the top of the bread by slicing ½-inch grid lines into the bread, stopping about ¼-inch from the bottom of the bread so that it stays together. Place the bread on the piece of foil that has been sprayed.
  3. Stir together the melted butter, garlic and scallions.
  4. Gently separate the bread with your fingers, then spoon the butter mixture in all of the seams, making sure it is evenly distributed among the whole loaf. Wrap the loaf up in the foil and place on a baking stone or directly on the oven rack and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F.
  6. Open the foil and sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the bread. There will be a lot of cheese, so try to push down as much as you can in between all of the crevices in the bread. Leave the foil open and return it to the oven. Bake until the cheese is completely melted, bubbling and starting to brown on top, about 15 minutes. (Mine seemed done around the 10 minute mark so watch it closely) Let stand for 5 minutes before serving, then sprinkle with parsley (if desired) and dig in!

Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

 

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  1. Reblogged this on AZ Breads & Spreads Jamboree and commented:
    cheese, bread, comfort food, pull-apart bread, cheesy bread, finger food


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