It's a New Year! And I have to admit that I have developed a habit....Pinterest. It is good and it is bad. It is good because I can organize until my heart is content. I can have categories and I can sort things and I the, I can actually find them again! It is fun.
There is also a bad side....I am certain that there must be... I know what it is! It encourages me to spend lots of time playing on the internet. That in of itself has a good side and a bad side...but for another time.
For now, I enjoy looking at things on the internet and then saving the idea for another day. During the holidays, the day arrived. I actually went through all of my pins for appetizers and decided to choose one...or two...or combine a few....
I was drawn to the recipe by Michaela at An Affair from the Heart. She did all of the work of combining recipes to create this tasty cheesy, garlic, herb and bacon treat!
Cheesy Stuffed Pull Apart Bread
aka Crack Bread
Inspired by An Affair from the Heart
Preheat oven: 375°
1 loaf crusty bread
1 stick butter, unsalted, melted
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup green onions, sliced, tops included
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp dried mustard
8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, sliced
8 oz White Cheddar cheese, sliced
4 slices of bacon, cut into a fine dice (If preferred you may purchase real bacon bits.)
Place a large piece of heavy duty foil on a baking sheet. (You will want enough to allow you to wrap the loaf of bread after it is prepared.)
With a bread knife, slice the bread diagonally in both directions to create and "X" pattern. DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH! Carefully place the bread onto the foil.
Cook the finely diced bacon until crisp. Drain and set aside. (Watch closely, it will cook fast.)
Slide slices of cheese in between the cracks....both directions. Place one type of cheese in one direction and the other cheese in the cross direction. Each cube will be surrounded by cheese!
Sprinkle the bacon bites into the cracks. Use your fingers to tuck some of them inside the cracks.
In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the stick of butter. Add the oil, green onion, dried mustard and parsley. Mix well. Drizzle the mixture over the bread making certain that some goes into the cracks.
Wrap the foil around the bread and bake for 10 minutes. Then, open the foil so that the top is visible. Bake for another ten minutes so that the cheese gets bubbly. Serve warm.
This was quick and fun! It is a recipe that is open to variations. (I guess I can never really leave a recipe alone.) I can see changing the cheeses on its next appearance at our house....or not! It didn't last long....