Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cheesy Garlic Bread

When I'm at a restaurant, I'm the type of person who gets more excited over appetizers than the main course itself. Especially at Italian restaurants, the appetizers are so delicious and flavorful, you can satisfy your entire appetite before you even get past the first page of the menu. One of my all time favorite appetizers is garlic bread! Most places have the right idea; Italian bread plus olive oil plus garlic. And other places...not so much. It's actually kind of fun to go to different restaurants and try their own unique twist on this classic.
This particular garlic bread recipe comes from Laura Vitale and it is the BEST I've ever had. It combines all the ingredients that make the perfect garlic bread and I don't think I will ever come across another version that tops this. Best of all, it's so easy to make at home! The only downside is that you really have to develop some sort of self control to stop yourself from having it 7 days a week.

Let's begin!!


  • 1 loaf of Italian Bread (I also like ciabbata)
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley (rinsed)
  • 5-7 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
In a small food processor, combine parsley, garlic, and olive oil. Puree until smooth

Slice the loaf of bread in half so that it opens up and lays flat. Lay the bread on a sheet of foil on a baking pan. Spread olive oil-parsley mixture equally on both halves

Put the two halves back on top of one another and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12 minutes

Remove from oven, unwrap and sprinkle both sides with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Feel free to add as much or as little cheese as you desire! Place back in oven (leave them flat like this) and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden brown

Tip: As delicious as these are by themselves, you can also pair them with a side of marinara sauce


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