We love garlic cheese bread and lucky enough that a number of local restaurants have some great garlic bread for appetizers. After my last post on a garlic compound butter, I new I would have to try making my own garlic cheese bread using that butter. Read on for an extremely quick and easy recipe for making your own garlic cheese bread just like the restaurants do!
First step is to make your herb and garlic infused compound butter which will be used on our grilled garlic cheese bread. Bring the compound butter out of the refrigerator to slightly warm up to allow it to easily be spread onto the bread of your choice. We used a nice crusty round bread for our garlic cheese bread.
Tip: When using a round bread, match the same size slices easily by cutting the bread in half, then cutting each half from the middle outward in even width slices. You will have an exact size match; one from each half of the side of bread. Middle two pieces for dad, the next two for mom, the next two for the oldest etc….
Spread the garlic compound butter on both sides of the bread and place on a cast iron (I love my Lodge brand cast iron skillet) that has been warming on your grill with about two tablespoons of olive oil. For a little extra flavor, use some garlic infused olive oil, or flavor of your choice. Place the bread onto the skillet and let it brown. Depending on how hot your skillet and grill is this will take about two to three minutes. You want the underside to get just slightly crusty but not necessarily brown as this will be the “top side” which will soon be covered with cheese. Once you have the bread where you like it, flip it to start browning the bottom of the garlic cheese bread.
Once flipped, next sprinkle a good quality shredded mozzarella cheese from edge to edge of the bread. Next, I sprinkle more Garlic Garlic seasoning from Tastefully Simple (best seasoning ever and my bride just happens to sell it) on top of the shredded cheese.
Next, cover the skillet to help the cheese evenly melt and pull when the bottom of the bread just starts to brown.
Serve immediately as an appetizer, or add some leftover pulled pork/ham on top for a quick light meal.
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