Friday, April 27, 2012

Cheesy Italian Baked Bread

taken from the boyfriend :-D

My boyfriend loves to cook anything that involves meat, as long as it's on the grill.  Not long after we started dating I talked him into cooking us steaks on the stovetop, since we didn't have a grill at our apartment.  One night when he cooked me a steak, I was told to busy myself in the living room while he cooked me dinner.  I tried very hard not to sniff in the general direction of the kitchen, but they're right next to each other so it was pretty much impossible. 

I was wonderfully surprised when he told me to open my mouth and take a bite, and I was excited when I tasted crunchy bread and cheesy goodness.  Here's the recipe:

  • Fresh Mozzarella (I prefer pearls, the pictures are using slices)
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Minced Garlic
  • Italian loaf
  • Olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, and cover a pan with tin foil (I have a small round one that I use).
2. Cut two slices about 3" thick from your italian loaf, and then cut them evenly in half with a bread knife.

3. Drizzle the tops of each slice with olive oil, and then turn face down and put in the oven for 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

Post oven.

4. Add a dash of salt and pepper to each slice.  I have a double salt/pepper grinder, and I do 1 grinding of salt and 2 grindings of pepper per slice.

5. This is where the mozzarella pearls come in handy.  If you smush each pearl, you'll use a few per slice, if you use sliced mozzarella... then you have to shred it by hand.  I use about 2 slices for this, and quite a few pearls.

6. Sprinkle a tiny amount of the garlic on each piece of bread, and drop a few sprinkles in between all the slices in the center of the pan.

Mmm... don't befriend any vampires with this dish.
7. Put back in the oven for another 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

8. Then sprinkle on some oregano, and enjoy!

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