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Cheddar Tailgating Bread

Published: Friday, January 27, 2023

1 stick butter

1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced

1 bunch green onions, trimmed and minced

1 lb. loaf of Italian bread

1 lb. grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice)

1 bunch fresh parsley, minced

Preheat oven to 350°. Lay out a double thickness of standard foil (or a single thickness of heavy-duty foil.) Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a microwave-safe bowl, or a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the butter until melted and mix in the garlic and sliced green onions; stir.

Lay the loaf of bread on a cutting board and cut a ½" grid pattern into it, stopping about ¼" above the base of the bread so that it stays connected. Gently pry apart the bread and spoon the butter mixture along the seams. Gently wrap the foil up around the top of the loaf and put on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove pan from the oven, open foil and sprinkle the Cheddar cheese over the top, gently pushing some of the cheese down into the cut bread. Leave the foil open and return pan to the oven. Turn temperature up to 425° and bake another 15 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and bubbly and lightly browned on top. Let set for 3 minutes before sprinkling with parsley. —6 servings.

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