(Diane is a guest blogger from Homemade Food Junkie.)
Your New Favorite Party Food!
Parties are everywhere this time of year and more are on the way! With Christmas, New Years and football season in full swing, there is no end to opportunities for fun party food.
If you haven’t heard about cheesy bread let me open your world to a fantastic, easy, crowd pleasing appetizer!
Cheesy bread is a smashing favorite appetizer at parties. In this recipe, warm, oozy Mozzarella cheese, seasonings, and peppers stuff your favorite sour dough french loaf with dynamite Italian flavor. Your guests easily pull this warm loaf apart, in bite sized, seasoned, cheesy pieces straight into the mouth! No need for plate and forks. This is finger food! Just keep a discrete pile of small napkins nearby.
What an easy, fun and popular way to serve guests at all types of parties!
This Italian cheesy bread recipe compliments a good sourdough bread wonderfully. Mozzarella is a low fat cheese and stretches very well when properly warmed. Watch all those spices and peppers pull up with the cheesy bread for a pleasing mouthful of yum!
Select a loaf of UNCUT french bread from your local bakery or make your own. (I recommend a small, round boule for an intimate gathering of up to 10 people. (You’ll need a large, long loaf for a huge hungry crowd and double the stuffings) Put this sumptuous appetizer on a tray in a heavily traveled social area and watch it vanish! We served this to a boisterous football crowd and the reception was stellar! Once the pull apart bread tops were eaten; Our friends ripped apart the cheesy bottom and gobbled this loaf down to its last bite!
To reduce your time in the kitchen on party day:
Assemble, cut and stuff the french loaf ahead, Keep it wrapped in foil, in your fridge. On party day, allow the wrapped loaf to warm to room temperature while you preheat the oven. Pop it in the oven a half hour before you want to serve it!
Prep time: about 20 minutes
Bake time: Approximately 30 minutes.
1 Sour dough boule french bread
16 to 20 ounces Mozzarella Cheese-sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
2 medium heat peppers cut into 1/2 inch pieces (as desired)
4 Cloves garlic-sliced fineBruschetta seasoning (a blend of basil, oregano, onion, garlic and salt)3 Tablespoons fresh chives
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cut the french bread long wise in one inch slices (DO NOT CUT THROUGH THE BOTTOM OF THE LOAF!)
3. Here’s the slicing pattern:
4. Slice the loaf all in one direction in narrow slices about one inch apart. Turn the loaf. Now slice it across the existing loaf cuts to make a hatch pattern in the bread (make a diamond by slicing diagonally or square pattern, as you wish). Keep the Bottom of the loaf solid!
5. Stuff the crevices of the bread with the cheese and pepper slices. Fill as many holes as you can.
6. Sprinkle the garlic, chives and bruschetta seasonings in between the cheese and peppers.
7. Enclose the entire loaf in tinfoil and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until cheese is completely melted.
8. Serve hot in tinfoil, or remove to a serving tray.
Garnish further with chives and spices as desired.
Enjoy your Holidays!