For the first time in 17 very long years, my home team (the Buffalo Bills) made it to the playoffs! Given the excitement over the past week in this city one would think we had actually won the Super Bowl. I guess that’s just what happens when you wait so long for a streak like that to be broken, especially in a town that LOVES football. My contribution to the first playoff game in 17 years was this Cheesy Cheddar Jalapeno Garlic Bread. Very easy to make, always a crowd pleaser and perfect to go along with the other game day foods we munched on. I could actually sit down with just this bread and a glass of wine and be a very happy girl. Unfortunately the game didn’t turn out in our favor, but there’s always next year.
Yield: 12 thick slices
You will need:
1 loaf unsliced fresh Italian bread
1 stick butter
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
3 whole jalapenos
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp parsley flakes
1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
2. Slice bread loaf in half creating two flat sides, place crusty side down on a baking pan.
3. Melt stick of butter and using a pastry brush spread melted butter evenly over top sides of the bread.
4. Sprinkle garlic powder and oregano over buttered bread.
5. Bake in oven uncovered for 5 minutes.
6. While bread is baking, shred the cheddar cheese and rinse & cut the jalapenos into rings. Remove the seeds/guts by just pushing them out of the rings.
7. After 5 minutes, pull the bread from the oven and top with the shredded cheese, jalapenos and parsley flakes.
8. Very loosely cover with aluminum foil. You want to tent the bread, not cover the bread or the cheese will stick to the foil.
9. Bake for 15-20 minutes (closer to 20 minutes if you like the jalapeno’s softer and/or bread on the more crispy side).
10. Remove from oven, slice and serve immediately.
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