Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's Easy gettin' Cheesey

I love bread. Like, A LOT. I am the first one in the bread basket when it arrives at the table. Bread, butter.....a match made in heaven.
I get email updates from Kraft, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury and I click and look and will say "Hmm, that might be good" or "my family would bolt from the table if I ever served that". One day I got the email and it was a round Sourdough loaf that was cut, drizzled with butter, stuffed with cheese and then baked.
I'm really not a Sourdough fan. Please do not send the hate mail (like the ones I received when I admitted to not liking ice cream, strawberries or any pie other than pecan and chocolate). I know lots of people enjoy the taste of Sourdough, but not in this house. I kept looking for a round loaf I could use and finally found this in the bakery section of our local grocery store.
mmmmmm, bread

The recipe, if you can even call it that, is pretty much 3 ingredients-bread, butter and cheese. I, however, wanted to bump up the flavor, so I added a fourth element. Garlic powder. I mean, c'mon-who doesn't like garlic bread?

Cheesey Party Loaf
(adapted from on-line recipe**)

1 loaf round bread

1/2 stick butter, melted

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 cup shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice across the loaf in 1-inch increments, not cutting through the bottom of the bread. Turn the loaf 90 degrees and cut across the loaf again in 1-inch increments. The bread will have 1-inch 'fingers' now. Fan the bread a little to open it up. Stir the garlic powder into melted butter. Pour the melted butter down the rows of the cut bread, making sure to cover horizontal and vertical rows. Take pinchfuls of the shredded cheese and stuff down each row, again making sure to go across all rows, tucking the cheese down into the crevices.

Wrap the loaf in heavy duty tin foil, or a double layer of regular tin foil. Place wrapped loaf on your oven rack that is placed in the middle of the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is all melty and gooey.

The second time I made this, I melted a little extra butter and just sprinkled a little more garlic powder in then brushed it over the top of the loaf.
It is so simple but oh so good. My family devoured it at our family Christmas a couple of weeks ago. You just break off a hunk and go. I also made it last weekend for our Girl's Night and brought the half loaf home and we re-warmed it to go with our leftover Prime Rib.
Your tummy-and your family-will thank you.

On to other business.
Twenty years ago at about 5:25 AM, we were blessed with our first daughter Ally. Happy Birthday Baby! I love you even more now than I did when they placed you in my arms all those years ago. I'm sad that I don't get to make you a special dinner or a cake, but I know you have fun plans tonight with your high school BFF and your sister who are driving up North as we speak. Be good, be careful, have fun!

** I checked all of my on-line recipe e-mail sites and can't find the original recipe, so I'm not sure who gets proper credit. UPDATE: it is from Taste of Home, just got an update and checked their site :)


Leslie said...

LOVE the glasses!! So chic. :)
Happy Birthday to your daughter.
Yummy breads

Debbie said...

I have a weakness for bread too and sourdough is also not my favorite. Love Italian bread with a nice crisp crust. Happy Birthday to your daughter....such a cute picture!

Tammy said...

Bread and butter are the perfect combo and my biggest weakness...we'd better not go out to dinner together, there may be a fight for the bread basket!lol This looks awesome, not low cal, but not much bread and butter is! It's ok to have a guilty pleasure like this one!

Shelby said...

I can't help but giggle over the glasses! lol. Mostly because I had some just as big. ;o) Happy 20th to your little girl!

Cheryl said...

Ohhh my god, that looks soo amazing. I am going to have to try it!

MaryBeth said...

YUMM-O...the bread is amazing looking...Happy Birthday to the little one!

Hungry Dog said...

Yeah, not everyone is a sourdough fan. I love it, but I live in San Francisco, grew up on it. Anyway, happy birthday to Allie! 20 is a big one.

Marjie said...

You had me with "cheese", and the garlic powder is just great good flavor!

Happy birthday to Ally; I see you got the full hair option with your baby girl (which I never got with any of mine...the curse of light hair!)

grace said...

aw, nice pic! and let's be honest--what can trump any combination of bread, butter, and cheese? NOTHING!

Pam said...

Bread is my weakness... this looks fantastic!

Happy b-day to your daughter!

Emily said...

Aww happy birthday, Ally!! Love that picture of you guys.

This bread sounds great. I wouldn't be able to control myself around it!

Monica H said...

That bread looks really good. Good call on adding garlic powder to it.

Happy belated birthday to your daughter!