Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cheesy Pull-apart Bread

Also known as "Crack Bread"

There are about a million recipes for Pull Apart Bread all over the web, Pinterest and food blogs.  The variations are endless, and depending on your taste, you can really make it fit to your family's preferences.  I found this one on Taste of Home, and made a few adjustments.   I hope you'll make this for your holiday dinner or gathering.  It's a winner!

I tried it for our Italian Christmas dinner a couple of years ago, it couldn't have been better!  My family loves garlic bread, pizza, cheese... all the good stuff.  Hehe! 

But, it almost didn't make it to the table!   My kids were helping me put out all the food, and we didn't realize how slippery the bread was on the plate.  Good thing my son-in-law has fast reflexes.  Here's the picture of how Mike saved the bread.  It was pretty funny!   Notice the look of terror on Matt's face...he thought it was a goner.  Ha!

Mike and Matt saving the bread.


1 (1 lb) round loaf sourdough bread
6 oz provolone cheese, shredded
6 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. granulated garlic or garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
Chopped fresh parsley, garnish (if desired)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rip off a large enough piece of foil to wrap around the loaf; coat with nonstick spray and place on a baking sheet.

Cut the loaf of bread into 1-inch slices with a serrated knife, leaving about 1/4-inch of the base of the bread intact. Repeat cuts in the opposite direction to create a crosshatch/cubed pattern. Place bread on the foil.

Press the shredded cheese between all the slices of bread.

In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, minced garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning. Gently pry apart the bread pieces and drizzle the mixture over the loaf evenly, making sure to get in all the seams and cover all the pieces.

Wrap the bread up in the foil. Bake for 15 minutes.

Open up the foil, increase oven temperature to 425 degrees, and bake another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.

Let stand 5 minutes before serving, sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!

"Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm."  - Proverbs 13:20


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