Pull-a-part Cheesy Pesto Garlic Bread

Garlic + Cheese + Bread… These are a few of my favourite things.

Fun fact about Brittany… She watches a lot of cooking shows! I write down recipes and evolve them into my own. You don’t learn to cook unless you start learning somehow. This is one of those recipes. Kelsey Nixon has a TV show on the Cooking Channel and she made a garlic pesto split cheese bread. It looked insane and so delicious. So I thought I’d make my own!

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What you need for my version:

  • 1 loaf of asiago artisan bread (Kelsey used a sourdough- you can do this with a baguette or any loaf bread you choose)
  • 1/2 ball of soft mozzarella cheese cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 cup Romano cheese
  • 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 fat garlic cloves minced
  • 3/4 cup Pesto Sauce
    • Basil, Pine Nuts, Olive Oil, Salt, Garlic, Parmesan and Romano cheese — all blended together
      **pre-made pesto sauce completely fine as well

What to do:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. cut the bread 3/4 of the way down into slices on one side and then on the other side to create 1 inch “bread sticks” that you will be able to pull apart later
  3. transfer your bread to your baking sheet lined with parchment paper or tin foil
  4. stuff your pesto down into the slices you just made
  5. next stuff your thinly slices Mozzarella cheese into the slices then sprinkle in and around your Romano and Parmesan cheese
  6. melt your butter in a small sauce pan over medium high heat – once melted add in your minced garlic – let this mix well for a minute then remove from heat
  7. drizzle the garlic butter all over your bread
  8. bake your bread in the oven for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted
  9. eat immediately

This is sooo delicious!!!
Definitely not a every day kind of a thing because it is so cheesy!

Tips:
A few different ideas to make this your own …..it would be awesome done on the BBQ on a baguette cut into slices and stuffed … or make a red pepper pesto or a sun-dried tomato pesto – mix up your breads and your cheeses. Make a Jalapeno cream cheese mixture and toss that in, instead of a pesto. Make a little chili and stuff that down in the bread… really the options are endless.

enjoy!!

-Brittany

 

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