You Need to Make this Epic Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread Now
CheesyGarlic Pull-Apart Bread
Would you guys believe if I told you that I took a break from cooking for almost two weeks? AND I took that break over the Christmas holidays which are supposed to be quite an important part of my yearly cooking calendar[ !
I love cooking during the festive time because of many reasons, with the top one being, somewhere I like controlling what I taste and what I smell during the festive time.
For example, I have certain expectations from Christmas, like what I would like to eat at Christmas Eve or what I would like to drink on Christmas morning or what sides would I want to go with the what mains. These expectations are based on my personal experiences, our family favourites [and a whole lot of Christmas-based movies.
Unfortunately,I am quite set in ensuring that my food-related expectations are met. So whenthey don’t, I get a little ruffled. And ruffled isn’t a good state of mind tobe in when it is a festive time, is it? So to make sure, every taste and everysmell and every sight of food goes as I expect, I cook myself.
You must thinkI am a control-freak! (To tell you the truth, I AM, but just a bit ;))
Coming back to what I earlier mentioned, that this year, I decided to let go of cooking over the holidays. We were mostly out of the house so we ate out a lot, and then we also did a lot of take-out. Our entire Christmas dinner was store bought (thanks M&S Food). The rest of the time, we were either munching on a cheeseboard or microwaving popcorn.
As a result of the above, I entered the New Year with loads of leftover cheese and a terrible itch to go back to cooking. To get rid of the cheese and the itch, I decided to make this warm Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread.
I can’tbegin to describe how much I enjoyed eating this bread. Straight out of theoven, warm bread with cheese oozing out and the smell of garlicky goodnesslingering all around it! Absolutely divine! I mean look at it! I bet you arewishing for “pulling out” a bite yourself right now!
Eating this bread is easy. Baking it? That’s super easy! Just scroll down and follow this Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread recipe.
An Appetizer, a Side Dish and a Snack – An All-in-One Bread
Once you bake this Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread and serve it to your friends and family, you’ll be glad you found this recipe. This bread is made for sharing and is a perfect appetizer for serving to a group. It can be eaten as a side dish along with salad or soup. Or even as a snack!
Because thebread is eaten by pulling out chunks, there’s no need to slice it or serving itin plates. It can literally go straight out from the oven into the mouth.
And becauseit is a finger food that you eat by pulling it apart, you know this bread willbe a hit among children and they’ll be asking for it again and again.
This Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread recipe relies on, of course, cheese. You can choose any cheese of your choice (too much alliteration?!). Based on the cheese you choose, you can get different textures and flavours in your bread.
For example, mozzarella will make the pull-apart chunks stringy and Camembert will make them creamy. Edam will make the pull-apart bread nutty and mature cheddar will make it taste sharp. You can even mix different cheese altogether or make a half-and-half with one type of cheese in one half of the bread and another type of cheese in the other half of the bread.
You can usecheese block or grated cheese. If you are using whole cheese block, you canslice cheese into strips. Here are my Camembert cheese strips that I used forthe recipe.
Butter is crucial in this Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread recipe as well. And that too, loads. As Julia Child mentioned, “with enough butter, anything is good.” As you keep adding butter, this recipe keeps getting better and better. I’ve mentioned the amount of butter that I used in the recipe, however, you guys are free to overindulge!
CheesyPull-Apart Garlic Bread Recipe
ServingSize | As an appetizer – 6 | As a side dish – 4
What YouWill Need
1 Unslicedloaf of Bloomer (weighing around 400g) – You can use an unsliced loaf ofsourdough, artisan, round, French or Italian bread as well.
4 cloves ofgarlic
½ cupmelted butter
1/3 cupfinely chopped parsley
Around250-300 gm of cheese (I’ve used sliced Camembert and Red Leicester cheese.)
Serratedknife – optional (serrated knife makes slicing bread easier)
How toGo About It
Preheatoven to 350degrees F/ 180 degrees C/ Gas Mark 4.
Whileslicing the bread, make sure that you slice down around 90% of the bread. Donot cut all the way through. The crust must remain intact.
You’ll havea loaf cut into criss-cross or breadstick pattern with the base of the loafintact.
Place thebread loaf in a baking dish.
Using aspoon, drizzle this garlic-parsley butter in between the sliced breadsticks.
Place the bread in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until cheese is completely melted.
Enjoy as soon as the bread is out of the oven!
MakingAhead is Easy
This Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread can be prepared before time. Just stuff the bread, wrap it in cling film and refrigerate for few hours or overnight. An hour before serving, pop the bread in the oven to bake it and enjoy it with company.
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