If you make this bread, the number of friends you have will increase exponentially.
If you make this bread for a party, you are guaranteed to get an invitation to the next big bash.
Seriously, this bread is a hunk of cheesy, greasy heaven. It’s super simple to make, but the crosshatch pattern that creates the little fingers just makes it party food; all the guests immediately dive in and then bond as they hold their messy hands in the air while searching for napkins. A family friend gave us the recipe several years back, and I could not even tell you the number of times I have made it. My friends kindly informed me last night that I could easily assemble the bread and mail it unbaked directly to their dorm rooms at school. Right…
Admittedly, I cannot take credit for the first picture on this post; Mary Kathryn traded her photography services for my cooking services. Not a bad deal.
Three Cheese Bread (aka: cheesy bread)
1 round of Sourdough Bread
1-½ cups freshly grated cheese (combination of Swiss, Gruyere, Parmesan)
¾ cup butter, softened
1-2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
red pepper flakes
- Blend butter, salt, and garlic in a small food processor.
- Add the grated cheese and blend until just combined.
- Slice the bread about 1-inch apart and again at 90° making a checker board-type pattern. Cut as low as you can get without cutting the bread apart.
- Spread/cram the cheese mixture between the cut faces of the bread. Sprinkle a little extra grated cheese on top.
- Place the bread on a cookie sheet and bake at 365° for about 25 minutes or until the cheese looks thoroughly melted and the top of the bread is golden brown.
- On a large serving platter, pour a thin base of olive oil and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.
- Sprinkle red pepper flakes on the oil and vinegar base.
- When the bread comes out of the oven, place on the platter.
- Make sure that the platter is large enough so you can dip the bread chunks easily in the oil and vinegar mix.