If you are a follower of my blog you have realized that I was a nightmare to feed as a child because I hated everything. It was quite a surprise to everyone that I grew up to become a huge foodie. One of the exceptions to the “baby Lindsay hates food” list was bread. I have always loved bread in almost every form. It was hard to find a bread that I didn’t like. It wasn’t until I tried rye bread that I found the one bread that I hated. It was really the fennel seed that I hate in the bread. Fennel seeds are the worst. Nevertheless garlic bread has always been my best friend. Back in the day my family would go to Sizzler and they had this bread that I thought was everything. It was a cheesy garlic bread but I had no idea since I thought I hated all growing up. This was my first experience with Parmesan cheese. Many of the Sizzler restaurants have closed since the 80’s so the next time I had this cheesy bread was at Nordstrom Cafe. They sell crustinis which are thin sliced french bread with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese on top. I have been making my own version every since. True confession time. Baking bread for toast specifically is a challenge for the women in my family. My dad’s side has a history for burning toast/garlic bread/bagels etc. I thought that I’d finally overcome this issue as I hadn’t burned the bread in a few months until I did this blog. I burned the bread while watching it bake in the oven. How this happens can only be explained by genetics. Thankfully I’m not a live vlogger and had an entire loaf to use for this blog. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. Lindsay burns the first batch of bread. Don’t be like Lindsay. If you are like Lindsay eat the burned cheese as it is delicious.
Serving size: 12
Active time: 5 minutes
Inactive time: 2 minutes
1 loaf of fresh French bread
1 C. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
1 t. granulated garlic
1 t. parsley (dried, dehydrates, or fresh)
1. Slice the loaf in half along the length of the bread. Place the bread on a silmat or parchment paper and then place it on a sheetpan.
2. In a medium bowl add the butter, salt, pepper, garlic, and parsley. Stir to combine.
3. When the butter is mixed thoroughly add the cheese and mix until well combined.
4. Using a spoon divided the Parmesan butter in half. Add half of the butter to each side of the bread. Use a spoon to spread the Parmesan butter on the bread until it is coated.
5. Place the sheet pan into the oven and turn the oven onto broil. Stand there and watch it as it takes about 2 minutes to brown. Remember don’t be like Lindsay. After 2 minutes remove the bread from the oven, slice, serve, and enjoy!
Notes and Variations:
- If you don’t need a whole loaf of bread, follow all of the steps until it is time to place the bread in the oven. Instead slice the bread in half or fourths, place into a freezer bag or in plastic wrap and place into the oven for up to 6 months. The frozen bread should be baked at 350 F for 15-20 minutes.
- Any cheese or cheese substitution can be used in this recipe.
- Other herbs can be added or substituted for this recipe.