For New Year’s Eve, my wife and I had a quiet night in. I decided to go with a simple soup and salad menu for the evening, but I wanted to add a little extra flair with the bread. I remembered always enjoying a fantastic cheesy, buttery, garlic bread at a great little place in Neptune, NJ called Mom’s Kitchen (since closed?) and I wanted to try to replicate as best I could. The following recipe is what I came up with:
Pull-Apart Garlic Bread with Cheese
1 loaf of Italian bread
1 16 oz. brick of whole milk mozzarella cheese
1 stick of butter
1 tsp. of garlic powder
handful of fresh Italian parsley
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Carefully slice the bread into 3/4 inch pieces — BUT DON’T CUT ALL OF THE WAY THROUGH! (You want the bread to still be connected at the bottom.)
3. Melt a stick of butter. (I used the microwave.)
4. Add garlic powder to the melted butter and stir to dissolve.
5. Carefully drizzle the butter mixture between each slice. Any extra can be drizzled over the top of the bread.
6. Wedge 1 to 2 pieces of mozzarella between each slice of bread.
7. Wrap bread in aluminum foil and bake on a sheet pan for 20 minutes.
8, Unwrap the bread and let continue to bake for 5 – 10 more minutes until the cheese is nice and melty and the crust is nice and crispy.
9. Top with the chopped parsley.