I have made garlic breads in the past. Most of the times though… pssst, it’s semi-homemade… maybe I’d grab a loaf of bread from a local grocery, and then make my own garlic spread, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I don’t really have a go-to garlic bread recipe that I absolutely love. Then I saw an episode of Giada at Home where she made these cheddar and scallion breads, and I thought that it sounded delicious, and very cheesy! Using one of my classic French baguettes, which now I always keep around the house, I decided to whip up her spread’s recipe. The scallions really added a new dimension to the spread’s mixture; and it’s absolutely fantastic! I love the contrast of sharp cheddar cheese and the tangy onions with garlic. If you don’t have a favorite garlic bread recipe, give this one a try and let me know what you think. I think they would make great pairing not just for pasta type dishes.
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded or coarsely grated
6 ounces butter, at room temperature
4 scallions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (1 pound) loaf ciabatta bread, cut in half horizontally
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a food processor, combine the cheese and butter. Process until the mixture is smooth. Add the scallions and pulse until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread the cheese mixture on the cut sides of the bread. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden. Using a serrated knife, cut the bread into 1-inch thick slices and serve.
Yield: 4-6 servings