This Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe will become your new addiction! And it’s so simple! The key is the garlic butter with a balance of fresh garlic, parmesan, herbs, cheese, and butter. Cascade cheese over butter-soaked bread to form a luscious layer ooey gooey indulgence. Then baked to add the perfect crunch of a slight, crisp edge. cheese surrounded by crispy edges. Serve with some marina for dipping for an appetizer or any Italian meal.
Cheesy Garlic Bread
Unlock your garlic bread craving with Chef Tom’s Cheesy Garlic Bread. It’s so good and simple, you won’t believe it’s homemade! The secret lies in the concoction of garlic-infused butter. Either as an appetizer or served alongside your favorite Italian pasta, it’s sure to elevate any meal.
- 1 lb loaf Italian bread
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 oz (1/4 cup) Parmigiano Reggiano, grated on a microplane
2 tbsp Saica Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp garlic grated on a microplane
1 tbsp Cattleman’s Grill Italiano Seasoning
- 6 oz (1 1/3 cups) low moisture mozzarella, grated
Yo Mama Marinara Sauce, for dipping
- Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill to 400ºF with the Yoder Smokers Wood Fired Oven installed.
- To make the garlic butter, combine the softened butter, parmesan, Saica Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, garlic and Cattleman’s Grill Italiano Seasoning. Mix well.
- Split the Italian loaf lengthwise with a bread knife. Spread the garlic bread on the cut surfaces of the bread. Top with mozzarella. Place on a foil lined sheet pan.
- Cook inside the wood fired oven for about eight minutes, then spin, then about eight more. Check often. It’s done when the mozzarella is melted and starting to brown, and the edges are browning, as well.
- Slice and serve with Yo Mama Marinara for dipping.
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Recipe Highlights and Insights:
The Origin of Garlic Bread
It’s not well documented on the origins of garlic bread but many will claim it is an Italian-American side dish. Garlic bread came from bruschetta which can be traced back to 15th-century Rome. It stems from bruschetta because garlic bread is prepared similar to bruschetta. Traditional bruschetta consists of toasted bread drizzled in olive oil and rubbed with minced garlic as an optional topping. Over time, it has morphed into what we know as garlic bread today. Some variants of garlic bread are topped with cheese. Popular cheeses used on garlic bread are often mozzarella, Parmesan, cheddar or feta.
Why Soften Butter
There are times in a recipe when it’s important to follow the details. One example of this is in recipes that require soften or room-temperature butter. Here are some reasons why a recipe such as garlic bread may call for softened butter.
- Ease of Mixing: Room temperature butter is soft and pliable, making it much easier to mix with other ingredients. When making garlic butter for garlic bread, you often need to combine it with minced garlic, herbs, or other flavorings. Trying to mix cold, hard butter can be difficult and result in an uneven distribution of flavors.
- Even Spreading: Room temperature butter spreads more easily and evenly over the bread. This ensures that every bite of garlic bread has a consistent taste and texture.
- Improved Texture: Room temperature butter incorporates more smoothly into the bread, leading to a softer and more tender final product. Cold butter can create pockets of fat in the bread, which can affect its texture.
- Better Absorption: Room-temperature butter is more likely to be absorbed by the bread, infusing it with flavor and moisture. Cold butter might remain in clumps on the surface, not allowing the flavors to permeate the bread effectively.
- Faster Melting: Room temperature butter will melt more quickly in the oven, allowing it to seep into the bread and coat it evenly. Cold butter may not melt as evenly or quickly, potentially leaving the bread dry in some areas.
- Reduced Cooking Time: When you use room temperature butter, the garlic bread may cook more evenly and quickly since the butter starts melting as soon as it hits the heat. Cold butter might take longer to melt and incorporate into the bread, resulting in uneven cooking.
How to soften butter
To bring butter to room temperature, simply leave it out on the counter for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the ambient temperature. Alternatively, you can soften butter in the microwave but on low power. However, you need to be careful not to melt it completely.
Why grate your garlic
Simply put fresh, finely chopped garlic gives you the strongest flavor of garlic. The reason is after you remove all the skin from the garlic and smash it into tiny pieces; you’re breaking down the cells of the cloves. It’s that chemical reaction that produces a stronger flavor.
- Serving Size
- 4 oz
- per serving
- 26 grams
- Saturated Fat
- 15 grams
- 60 milligrams
- 382 milligrams
- 5.2 grams
- .2 grams
- .2 grams
- 10 grams