This extra cheesy garlic bread is pretty much soul saving. I mean…. look at it!
Today is National Cheese Lovers Day, not that I need a national holiday to make a dish with cheese.
However, the holiday does call for the obligatory cheese pull shot, amirite?
This cheesy garlic bread is loaded with mozzarella cheese, butter, mayo, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and tons of garlic.
It’s seasoned with crushed red pepper and black pepper, my two favorite seasoning ingredients. I actually keep both in a desk drawer in my office for seasoning emergencies (along with a bottle of Tapatio).
Next, you cut a one pound loaf of bread with a cross-hatch pattern and stuff the bread full of the cheesy mixture. It may seem like there is way more cheese than needed, but trust me, it will all be incorporated into the bread.
Serve this extra cheesy garlic bread straight from the oven. If you have any leftovers (highly doubtful), wrap them in foil and refrigerate. Reheat the leftovers in the oven or toaster oven, just like pizza.
This cheesy bread is also excellent dipped in hot pizza or spaghetti sauce.
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Extra Cheesy Garlic Bread
- 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded full fat mozzarella cheese
- 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) room temperature butter
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 cups finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup (about 1 head) finely minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound loaf of French bread
- Heat your oven to 400 degrees F
- Combine the cheeses, butter, mayonnaise, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
- Cut the bread in a cross-hatch pattern with the cuts about 1 1/2 inches apart. Be sure to not cut all the way through to the bottom.
- Spray a sheet of foil with nonstick spray and place the bread onto the foil.
- Stuff the cheese mixture into the all of the crevices of the loaf of bread. I recommend using your hand for this.
- If you have any leftover cheese mixture, rub it over the top of the bread.
- Spray another piece of foil with nonstick spray, and place it over the top of the bread.
- Crimp the two pieces of foil together.
- Place the bread in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove the top foil piece, reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F and bake the bread for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until the top is browned and totally melty.
Karen’s Kitchen Stories
This recipe was adapted from the book Cravings by Chrissy Teigen. Yes, that Chrissy Teigen, the gorgeous and funny girl married to John Legend. You need to check out the book.