Recipe du Jour: Garlic Cheesy Bread

7106208965_8612eeb765_o There is a local Italian restaurant called Victoria’s, where they have a bubbly cheesy bread that they serve with marinara and Alfredo sauces.  The cheese is thick and gooey, with the edges having a slight char to them.  It’s fantastic, and while the pasta at Victoria’s is great, this is the thing I always have to eat.  Always.

Well, after one of the Weekly Girl Dinner Nights, I had some leftover Alfredo, some leftover french bread, and some leftover mozzarella.  I also had some leftover marinara from ordering pizza that week as well.  So, I decided to try to duplicate the Victoria’s cheesy bread.

Ingredients:

  • Leftover french bread, cut in half as for a sandwich, and then into smaller pieces to fit on the cookie sheet
  • Mozzarella, shredded
  • Garlic powder
  • Butter (optional)
  • Marinara and Alfredo sauces

Directions:

Arrange the bread on a cookie sheet, and preheat the oven to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spread the butter on each piece of bread and sprinkle with garlic powder.  Heap the mozzarella onto each piece.  Place in the oven and cook until the cheese is bubbly and browning on top.  (You may want to turn on the broiler if you’re worried about the bottom burning before the top is brown.)  Serve with sauces on the side.

Notes:

The pieces in the photo look so dark because I forgot to put the garlic powder on before the mozzarella (I wasn’t sure I’d have enough cheese), so I ended up sprinkling it on top.  Don’t do that!  Not only does it burn funny, the burned garlic powder has a strong taste that isn’t very appealing.  But the rest of it?  The rest of it is awesome!

Also, try mixing the two sauces together before using it on your bread.  Delicious!

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