The Country Cook: Cheesy Garlic Bread
                                                   

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cheesy Garlic Bread

This cheesy garlic bread is hands-down my ultimate garlic bread.  It's pretty much a meal in itself.  Serve it with some marinara sauce and you have an amazing appetizer. Or pair it up with a favorite dish like Spasagna or Stuffed Shells...yum!

This garlic bread has a little secret ingredient that makes it super cheesy and takes it over the top!  If I ever have to give up cheese. I'll be in big trouble...just sayin'. 
Ingredients:
1 stick butter, softened  
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 1/2-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 loaf italian or french bread (or 1 whole small loaf)
dried parsley flakes (optional)
 Directions:
Preheat oven to 375F degrees
Cut loaf in half lengthwise, and put one half on baking sheet.
(This recipe is for half a loaf if you have a large loaf and for a whole loaf if you have a small loaf.)
 In a small bowl combined softened butter with minced garlic. Stir well.
 In another bowl, combine shredded mozzarella cheese with mayonnaise.
It's a bit glumpy (very technical cooking term there). Just do your best to combine them together with a spoon.
 Spread butter/garlic mixture on loaf.
Next, spread cheese/mayo mixture on top.  I find it easiest to do this part with my hands.
 Sprinkle with some dried parsley flakes for a bit of color. This part is optional.
Bake in 375F degree oven for about 12-15 minutes. Until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Cut into slices and serve.
If you like, serve it with a little marinara dipping sauce and dig in!

Cook's Review: Feel free to adjust the cheese amounts to your preference.  About 1 1/2-2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese should work for half a loaf of french or Italian bread.

Enjoy!








73 comments :

  1. This recipe looks fabulous!

    I'm a butter gal, so I'd use Smart Balance in everything I make!

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  2. i would like to try your recipe. looks good, and i love cheese

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  3. Cheesy Garlic Bread is a favorite at our house too! We enjoy it with provalone also.

    Robyn
    http://theranchwifechronicles.com/

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  4. I love garlic bread and this does look fantastic. Congrats on giving up soda and the resulting weight loss! That's fantastic.

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  5. I honestly don't think that I could live without cheese either. The garlic bread looks fantastic and a great recipe to try out the smart balance! I think I would try it in cookies or brownies.

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  6. Oh yum! I was obsessed with a similar recipe when I was in middle school. I swear I ate a piece every day for almost 3 years. Delish!

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  7. Well, for starters, I would love to try that recipe and serve it with a big bowl of soup! We use butter to season veggies with and make scrambled eggs and just about everything else! I would love to try to eat healthier, tho...who wouldn't?
    gina.cannary@gmail.com

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  8. could this bread be frozen if making full loaf?

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  9. An apple dump cake. I use so much butter on that!

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  10. Granny, you sure can. You'll want to flash freeze it. If you make the other half of the loaf, don't bake it. Just put the loaf on a baking tray in the freezer for about an hour. The cheese should be frozen at that point and it should then be okay to put it in a freezer ziploc bag and pop it back in the freezer to bake at a later date. Hope that helps!

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  11. That bread looks amazing! I totally agree with you about making small changes - I think it makes it easier to stick with it rather than trying to completely change your diet all at once. I have been tempted to try out this smart balance butter since you posted about it - but they're pretty expensive. So I'd love some coupons!! I'd definitely try them in some of my Christmas cookie recipes - probably our sugar cookies.

    Thanks for the great ideas!
    Stephanie

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  12. I liked smart balance on FB!
    Stephanie

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  13. Oh my, that looks delectable! Nothing like cheesy goodness combined with garlic bread :) Great rcipe!

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  14. I would make this bread! It looks cheesy and wonderful!

    amanda @ fakeginger.com

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  15. I would make the delicious looking bread you just posted!

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  16. Anything I take the time to bake, I use butter in. I would gladly give this stuff a shot in any of it. I will probably pick some up at the store anyway when I go next week.
    christinalm83@gmail.com

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  17. thats all I use is smart balance for everything.




    Lisa- Kernersville Coupon Clippers

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  18. I would use it in everything, but especially in christmas goodies!! Yummy!! :)

    Jennifer

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  19. I love to make cheese gritz.
    pelicanmom@hotmail.com

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  20. I like to try new things to make and eat, so probably i would use the smart balance when i try to make the cheesy garlic bread or the next time that i make cookies. Cant wait to try garlic bread looks and sounds great.

    Thanks Jana
    tickleme1973@yahoo.com

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  21. I'd like to try out pie crusts with Smart Balance (and apple pie filling, of course). I make a lot of pies during the holidays ... and summer... and... well. I like pie. So I would like to test the flexibility of Smart Balance with pie-making.

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  22. I would try it on a chocolate sheet cake that make from scratch Sherry Baird mssherry48@hotmail.com

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  23. I liked Smart Balance on facebook.Sherry Baird mssherry48@hotmail.com

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  24. I love making home made bread toasting it and smothering it in butter, I could replace it with Smart Balance buttery sticks. I could also use it in pie crust.

    Good for you on cutting way back on soda. Thank you for the opportunity to win this contest :)

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  25. Would love to win this so I could try Smart Balance and make your delicious Cheesy Garlic bread!
    linda4stuff@tx.rr.com

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  26. I like Smart Balance on facebook.
    linda4stuff@tx.rr.com

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  27. I liked smart balance on facebook and in my butter dish also.
    virginia@heather-ridge.com

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  28. Being from the Midwest, we use a lot of dairy in our home-cooked goodness. Especially butter!! I would love to try Smart Balance on popcorn.

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  29. Just found out that I have Type 2 diabetes and am always looking for healthier ways to eat. I would certainly use the coupons to get heathly!

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  30. I really think I would make the cheesy bread. It looks AMAZING!! Lilsis_75@Hotmail.com

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  31. I would make brownies
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  32. Oh Brandie - that bread looks divine...I want a bite NOW!!! I use Smart Balance products and love them. Except for December, I try to choose healthier options, and SB is a great product. I'd probably have to make some kind of sugar free dessert with it. Would LOVE to win those vouchers. Hope you're having a great week!

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  33. This recipe looks great, I can't wait to try it!!

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  34. I love cooking with Smart Balance, you can't taste the difference. csprengel@charter.net

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  35. I would like to try your recipe for cheesy garlic bread. lclee@clis.com

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  36. I follow smart balance on twitter.
    lclee@clis.com

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  37. I like smart balance on facebook.
    lclee@clis.com

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  38. I would make your garlic bread. It looks awesome. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  39. The bread looks amazing! I would love to try Smart Balance. A step in the right direction for sure. Come visit. We have a great Kahlua hot cocoa this week and today we are giving away a wonderful Christmas present. A great book and it comes autographed! Come by and register to win.

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  40. Just wanted to say that I love your recipes and am going to try a few. I am currently in Brazil so it is not so easy for me to make all of these, BUT I did want to share that mayo is what the Brazilians use to make garlic bread and it is definately the only way to go! Thanks again!

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  41. I love this idea! My kids will too :) I would make brown butter cookies with the Smart Balance sticks. Yumm!

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  42. Buttery mashed potatoes!!

    shanaspeltz@yahoo.com

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  44. I could use it in anything. I would like to try it in my cookies!
    ponydrivingirl at gmail dot com

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  45. I like Smart Balance on Facebook :o)
    ponydrivingirl at gmail dot com

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  46. I follow Smart Balance on Twitter :o)
    ponydrivingirl at gmail dot com

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  47. Would like to bake up some cookies with it...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  48. I like Smart Balance on fb...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  49. Hi. I'd like to make this yummy cheesy garlic bread. Wow, it looks so good. My family would LOVE it!!

    Krissy
    kbmint@otelco.net

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  50. I like Smart Balance on facebook.

    Krissy
    kbmint@otelco.net

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  51. Think I would make Gooey Butter Cake!

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  52. I would make my all time favorite butter cookie.
    Elizabeth elizabedu3@aol.com

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  53. I'd make some oven fried chicken with it. My family loves that.

    Karey Smith
    karey.smith@gmail.com

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  54. I would definitely be making this yummy cheesy bread!!!

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  55. I would love to try the Smart Balance sticks in my cheese wafer recipe, which calls for 2 sticks of butter

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  56. I "LIKED" Smart Balance on Facebook for another entry in the give-away thanks

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  57. I am following Smart Balance on Twitter for another entry in the give-away - thanks!

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  58. I'd make chocolate chip cookies. hmmm, maybe I need to make some now :)

    treva

    trevalynnf@hotmail.com

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  59. This is just what I have been looking for. We are having an Italian feast for New Years and I will be making this! And like you I cut soda as you say or pop as we say here in the midwest and it makes a world of difference in your diet.

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  60. Hi! I made this last night; I let it bake for 15 minutes, and my cheese still had a "shredded" texture to it if that makes any sense at all. Has that ever happened to you? Do you think maybe it was the brand of cheese that I used (I used a brand that I have only seen at our commissary so I don't think it is a very popular brand... Cooper is the name I believe)? Other than that it was great!

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  61. Hi Casey! I'm glad to hear you at least enjoyed the taste! It could've been the kind of cheese. I've learned over the years that some cheeses just melt better than others. I'm not really devoted to specific brands or anything, I usually go with generic or with stuff I have a coupon for but I gotta say I am kinda in love with the Kraft cheeses that have the cream cheese in it. I think they melt so much better than other cheeses. If I'm just buying shredded cheese to throw in a salad or somewhere I'm not worried about it melting, then I'll go with what's cheap. But if I need a good melting cheese, I do like the Kraft with Philly cream cheese (if I can afford it that week :)
    Hope that helps!

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  62. This is perfect. We had a dinner party at a friends house and I made this and it was GONE. I had people asking for it again. Thank you so much for this!

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  63. This was so good!!! love your recipes

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  64. Have you used Miracle Whip instead of mayo? Does it matter?

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  65. Sounds so good and healthier than with regular butter. I usually make mine with cheese but I mix the cheese right into the butter mixture. I'll bet the mayo add a lot to it. I will be trying this for sure!

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  66. Also try the Smart Balance mayo-type spread. I use it in the place f reg mayo and no one has yet to notice any difference. I also use the soft Smart Balance buttery spread on hot bread, toast, etc. and it is very good...like you said...little changes add up and you still get the flavor..and isn't that why we love to eat????

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  67. Substitute mayo for greek yogurt! I made some garlic bread the other week that had no butter, just greek yogurt and cheese - very tasty

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  68. I made this over the weekend, and OMG, it is amazing!!!!

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  69. I have been making something just like this for years now for my family. The only thing that I do different is I put mild cherry peppers on the bread before the mozzarella and then drizzle some of the juice over top then bake. Either way you do it, they are delicious.

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