Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cheesy Pesto Bread

One of the best things about this recipe is that it complements almost any dinner!!! From a fancy Italian dish to a down home casserole this bread makes the perfect appetizer or side. It is surprisingly easy but looks like you spent lots of time preparing it.  The flavors are mild and cheesy which makes this very family friendly.  
Cheesy Pesto Bread

1 loaf French bread
1 container of prepared Pesto
1 package of sliced Mozzarella cheese
season to taste…..Mrs. Dash Italian Medley, Garlic powder, grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and lightly spray with Pam. Slice bread in the center into two pieces and place on the cookie sheet. With a long knife, score the bread lengthwise (but don't cut all the way down to the base of the bread) and then cut going the other direction crosswise. You will end up with little squares of bread. Using a small spoon spread the pesto down into the crevices of the bread.  Next tear the mozzarella slices into thirds and push down into the slices of bread. If desired, sprinkle a few dashes of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper and grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the bread. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is melted. 

The possibilities for this bread are endless!!! You could add your favorite type of sliced cheese such as monterey jack, cheddar or smoked gouda. Even a drizzle of melted butter over the bread as it comes out of the oven would be delicious! Serve large slices of this warm and gooey bread to your grateful dinner guests!!! Enjoy!

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