Cheesy Garlic Bread

Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Appetizers, Blog, Bread, Family Favorites | 2 comments

 

Cheesy garlic bread is a favorite in our family on spaghetti night.  Not too long ago I made spaghetti with meat sauce and I ALMOST forgot to post spaghetti’s best friend – that’s right, easy cheesy garlic bread you can make at home.  OK, I did forget but I remembered… 2 weeks later.  That’s just how my life is – or ,maybe that’s just how my scatter-brained memory is.  :)  Oh, and Bebe Dada peeked over my shoulder while I’m writing, and he said, “You didn’t post that yet?!?  Didn’t we have that a long time ago?”  Uh, ok…  you’re not helping me here and it was only 2 weeks ago!  At least I’m getting better at taking photos BEFORE I eat it!  That was a serious learning curve…

Anyway, getting back to my story…. As a kid, I loved spaghetti night because my dad would make us really good garlic bread.  He’d slice fresh french bread into thick pieces and slather butter on them, sprinkle with a dash of garlic salt and throw them on a hot pan until they were perfectly toasty.  When we were ready for another slice, he’d get up, throw another one on the pan and make it fresh.  My dad rocks.

When I met Bebe Dada, he made me his garlic bread and it was a “cheesy” improvement over my dad’s.

 

Bebe Dada buys Lawry’s Garlic Spread Concentrate.  I don’t read the label on the back because I’m afraid of what I might find.  I don’t think this stuff is good for you, but in moderation, once in a while, can’t be too harmful.  (Does this explain why I don’t have a health food blog?!?)

Bebe Dada’s Cheesy Garlic Bread

  • Fresh french bread
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Lawry’s garlic spread (contains dairy)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon soft spread butter substitute (margarine)
  • 1 cup low-fat mixed shredded cheese (or try Daiya brand cheese for a vegetarian alternative)

I scoop out the Lawry’s garlic spread and margarine ahead of time to let them soften.  I recommend using soft spread margarine because this has lower saturated fats than hard butter or margarine.  As big onechan asks occasionally, “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter is better for you, right?”  The answer is, YES.

Pre-heat oven to LOW broil.

Slice french bread on the diagonal in desired thickness.  Spread out the slices on a sheet of aluminum over a cookie sheet.  I highly recommend using foil because the cheese gets messy.

Mix the garlic spread and margarine using a butter knife, until they’re completely mixed and smooth.

Spread the garlic mixture over the bread in generous amounts.

Spread shredded cheese over the bread.  I use a 5-cheese Mexican blend cheese that I buy from Costco.  I store this in the freezer since I don’t use it daily, and it’s perfect for cheesy garlic bread night and any other time you need a little extra cheese for a little something extra special.

Pop the bread into the oven for 3 – 4 minutes.  Please turn your oven light on, and don’t walk away from the oven.  The bread and cheese brown VERY quickly on low broil.  In no time, your bread will be crisp, golden and cheesy!

Buon Appetito!

Judy | bebe mama

 

Cheesy Garlic Bread
Author: 
Recipe type: Side Dish, Appetizer
 
Ingredients
  • Fresh french bread
  • 1½ tablespoon Lawry's garlic spread (contains dairy)
  • 1½ tablespoon soft spread butter substitute (margarine)
  • 1 cup low-fat mixed shredded cheese (or try Daiya brand cheese for a vegetarian alternative)
Instructions
  1. I scoop out the Lawry's garlic spread and margarine ahead of time to let them soften.
  2. Pre-heat oven to LOW broil.
  3. Slice french bread on the diagonal in desired thickness.  Spread out the slices on a sheet of aluminum over a cookie sheet.  I highly recommend using foil because the cheese gets messy.
  4. Mix the garlic spread and margarine using a butter knife, until they're completely mixed and smooth.
  5. Spread the garlic mixture over the bread in generous amounts.
  6. Spread shredded cheese over the bread.  I use a 5-cheese Mexican blend.
  7. Pop the bread into the oven for 3 - 4 minutes.  Please turn your oven light on, and don't walk away from the oven.  The bread and cheese brown VERY quickly on low broil.  In no time, your bread will be crisp, golden and cheesy!

2 Comments

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    Our family has always used this on our garlic bread, too, but can no longer find the concentrate. Do you know where we could buy it now?

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