Garlic Cheese Bread, Restaurant Style
Ever wondered how restaurants keep their garlic cheese bread crispy on the outside but warm, moist, and soft on the inside? If you've ever made garlic cheese bread like I have, you'll notice that it gets completely crunchy throughout, and not very appetizing. After much experimenting, I have found the SECRET of restaurant quality garlic cheese bread, and I will now share it with YOU!
What you will need:
- 1 loaf of French bread
- Margarine/butter (I used margarine.)
- Garlic Powder (NOT GARLIC SALT! GARLIC SALT WILL MAKE THE BREAD A SALTY MESS!)
- Basil (I prefer pre-dried, pre-chopped basil.)
- CHEEEESE! (As much or as little as you would like. I used mozzarella. Any cheese that would work on pizza would work on this bread, as well.)
LET THE COOKING BEGIN!
First, preheat your oven to 550 degrees, farenheit. If it can't reach this temperature, opt for as high as you can get it. The trick here is that you want to have a very high termperature for the bread. It will make the outside crispy, but the inside of the bread will stay moist and soft.
Now, cut your loaf of bread in half, like this:
Next, cut one of those halves in half. One half will serve 2-3 people. If you need to serve 4-6, use the entire loaf.
Fourthly, we want to get the butter/margarine out and spread it evenly on both halves.
Okay, that's enough. Now, place the bread in the microwave and heat it on high for about 25 seconds. We're looking to melt the butter here, not cook anything:
If it doesn't look like this, you're too stupid to melt butter on bread. Try doing something easier like tying your shoe:
Jag the obligatory animal-in-a-recipe-post approves:
Now, it is time for my favorite part: CHEEEEEESE! Like I said above, put as much or as little as you want on this sucker. I opted for a lot.
At this point, we're ready to add the garlic powder.
Add it to taste. I like a lot of garlic, so I added a lot of garlic. After I put that on, I started with the basil:
Okay! We're done! Wait for the oven to preheat fully, and stick that sucker in. It should be done within 10 minutes, depending on how hot you made the oven.
I had some cheese left. I gave it to Jag.
The other dog is much too fat to care.
I love the military channel. Ahhh...relaxing.
Jag anticipates the finished product:
Mmmm, looks delicious. Add that to a bowl of green olives and some foreign strawberry drink and I call that a LUNCH!