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Monday, August 13, 2012

Cheesy Garlic Bread: Secret Recipe Club

Hello??  Is anyone out there?  Anyone who is still reading at all?  I know I've been a bad, bad blogger lately -- hardly any updates besides my recipe swaps and secret recipe club.  But, I've got a good excuse -- we're moving!  After three years renting down here in Northern Virginia we're buying a house of our own!  Yay!  We are very excited (hence all the exclamation points!!!!!) and can't wait to be settled into our own house and finally be home-owners.  It's a super cute townhouse in Alexandria, Virginia and will allow us both to be closer to work and to all the fun stuff in the District of Columbia.  So the last two weeks have been filled with packing and the next two weeks will be filled with moving and unpacking.  

It is also filled with using things up from the freezer.  When I was assigned Living Lou's blog for this month's Secret Recipe Club I was excited by many of the delicious looking breakfast recipes on her blog -- the cinnamon pancakes and muffin donuts being at the top of my list.  But, when it came time to actually pick a recipe I went with one that best fit my meal plan for the week.  I had a package of ravioli in the freezer to use up and wanted some garlic bread to go with it and I remembered this recipe from Lou and it was delicious!!  It used up a bunch of cheese I already had on hand, a few scallions I had and a jar of crushed garlic that I wasn't planning on taking with us to the new place.  So this was a great recipe at the perfect time.  It was crispy, crunchy, creamy and garlic-y without being over powering.  I only made a few changes, scaling down the recipe a bit for my smaller loaf of bread.  It was a fabulous complement to the ravioli -- side note, if you live near a Trader Joe's definitely try their Beef Bolognese ravioli - so yummy!

Cheesy Garlic Bread
from Living Lou

1 loaf of bread, I used a small batard
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
4 tablespoons softened butter
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/2 cups grated cheese 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl combine the green onions, mayo, softened butter, garlic and pepper.  Once the mixture reaches a consistent texture add in the cheese and stir to combine.  
  • Cut the loaf of bread lengthwise.
  • Spread half the butter and cheese mixture on the top half of the bread and half the mixture on the bottom half of the bread.  
  • Place the bread on a sheet pan and bake for 7-10 minutes, until the top gets browned and bubbly.  
  • Let bread rest for a few minutes, then cut into slices and serve!