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Cheddar Tailgating Bread

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Soft-on-the-inside and crusty-on-the-outside Italian bread that is cut into grab-able squares, generously doused with melted butter mixed with minced green onion and garlic, toasted till hot and tender, then crammed full of cheddar cheese and baked until bubbly with browned bits of cheese capping it. This is a true crowd-pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1 clove Garlic, Large, Peeled And Minced
  • 1 bunch Green Onions, Trimmed And Minced
  • 1 pound Loaf Of Italian Bread
  • 1 pound Grated Extra-sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 bunch Fresh Parsley, Minced

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F (or preheat grill to medium heat). Lay out a double thickness of standard foil (or a single thickness of heavy-duty foil.) Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a microwave safe bowl, or a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the butter until melted and mix in the garlic and sliced green onions. Stir with a serving spoon.

Lay the loaf of bread on the cutting board and cut a ½” grid pattern into it, stopping about ¼” above the base of the bread so that it stays connected. Gently pry apart the bread and spoon the butter mixture along the seams. Gently wrap the foil up around the top of the loaf and put on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, open the foil and sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top, gently pushing some of the cheese down into the cut bread.

Leave the foil open and return the pan to the oven or grill and raise the heat to 425°F or High for another 15 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and bubbly and lightly browned on top.

Let set for 3 minutes before showering with freshly minced parsley and serving.

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Melody Khensovan on 12.4.2012

This sounds AMAZING. I’m definitely making it this weekend.

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Nicole Nared on 8.31.2012

Good idea!

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Jess on 12.7.2012

This was a delicious addition to our dinner table- my husband and I both loved it. I added an extra clove of garlic, and kept the rest as-is. Thanks for such a fun recipe, Rebeccca!

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purduepharmgirl on 9.10.2012

I really liked this bread in concept, but my hubby and I did not enjoy it with extra sharp cheddar. I’m going to try it again, using cojack or mozz instead.

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luvmychaos on 9.7.2012

Very nummy! Next time I’m going to try it with a sourdough,I like bite in my bread! The kiddies couldn’t dig in straightaway because of the molten cheesiness but once they could pull off a hunk they loved it too.

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lorihaase on 8.31.2012

I made this bread for a family picnic and it was a big hit! Planning on making another this weekend.

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