Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pesto Garlic Cheese Bread


My oldest cherub took the pictures for the post.
He took 21 pictures . . . and this was the best one!
We work with what we've got!
We celebrated Father's day yesterday.

The Cherubs wanted to make a pasta dinner because that's what the Mr. likes.

But one cherub wanted Caesar salad to go with it.

The Mr. doesn't like Caesar salad.

The other cherub wanted garlic bread.

The Mr. does like garlic bread.

But I thought it was so funny that the cherubs were having me cook things for the Mr. that they wanted!

I guess they kind of have a right to do that;
after all, he wouldn't be celebrating Father's Day if it weren't for them!

So we had pasta,
and meatballs,
and a salad, but not a Caesar salad,
and garlic bread,
and pecan cobbler.

When it comes to garlic bread, I'm always looking for a way to improve it.

I've had some really good garlic bread.

And I've had some really bad garlic bread.

I want to make really good great garlic bread.

Yesterday, I came up with this treat.

This may become my standard garlic bread recipe.

We all loved it!

Before you decide to make it, let me tell you that I just dumped ingredients together.  So, in an effort to give you a "real recipe" I'm trying to think what the rough measurements would be.  If you make this, go with the dump method -- you'll do just fine!

Pesto Garlic Cheese Bread

1 loaf of french bread, cut into 12 slices
5 TBSP butter, room temperature
2 TBSP real mayonnaise
1 TBSP jarred pesto sauce
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to broil.

Lay the slices of french bread, cut side down on a baking sheet.

In a bowl, stir together the room temperature butter, mayonnaise, pesto sauce, and garlic.  If it doesn't gross you out, taste a smidge of it to see if you like it.  If you don't like it now, you won't like it on the bread!  If you need to adjust any of the seasonings, now is the time to do so!

Smear the butter mixture evenly over the slices of bread.

Place pan in the oven and lightly toast.

Remove the pan and sprinkle each slice of toasted garlic/pesto bread with some cheese.

Return pan to the oven and broil until cheese is melted and lightly browned.

Serve warm.

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