I was looking at some recipes on a blog called Butter and Oven Mitts and found a cheese bread recipe that sounded really yummy! I made a few small changes–I used extra cheese (the more cheese the better, I say) and a loaf of French wheat bread instead of regular French bread, just because I like to eat wheat bread whenever I can. It turned out great! I love cheesy breads and they’re the perfect thing to serve with salads and soups. This would also be good served with Three-Bean Veggie Chili or Chili from The Pioneer Woman. Here’s my version of the bread if you want to try it…
EASY, CHEESY GARLIC BREAD by NancyCreative, adapted from Butter and Oven Mitts
1 loaf of unsliced French Bread (I used a 13-oz. loaf of French wheat bread)
4 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning, divided
1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
3/4 to 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (not the grated kind)
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice bread in half lengthwise and place the two halves, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Spread butter on cut surfaces. Sprinkle with half of the Italian seasoning. Top with Mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with the garlic powder and remaining Italian seasoning. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and starts to brown slightly. Cut crosswise into 1 to 2-inch pieces, and serve warm.
I never get tired of eating garlic bread! Do you have a favorite recipe for that?
I actually had the chance to eat this breakfast casserole twice–the first time was when Juanita made it for our once-a-month snack day at work (I had taken a photo of it which ended up being way out of focus), and the second time was when Juanita’s daughter Ashley made this for breakfast for our department–what a nice surprise, and so thoughtful of Ashley! Of course, I wanted to try to get another photo of this breakfast item, because I knew how good it was and had been wanting to post it on my blog. Not having my camera handy, my co-worker Justin took this picture with his i-phone…so thanks to Justin and Ashley, you now have a photo and recipe of this yummy breakfast dish!
This is a very easy recipe…and you might be surprised to learn that it’s actually the recipe for Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie, but with ground sausage substituted for the ground beef! Juanita had thought of doing that when she was in a pinch to make something quick and easy for breakfast. Just that one little change in the recipe turns a classic lunch and dinner dish into a great item for breakfast and brunch! Juanita and Ashley made a few other small changes, which I am noting in the recipe. The original recipe is made in a pie plate and serves 6; you can double the recipe like Juanita and Ashley did and make it in a 9×13″ pan if you’re making this for a larger group.
JUANITA’S BREAKFAST BAKE (based on the Bisquick® Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie)
1 lb. ground sausage
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup; if you’re not an onion-lover, you can just use 1/2 cup)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese (you can substitute Colby Jack or another cheese if you prefer; Pepper Jack might be nice if you like things spicer)
1/2 cup Bisquick® baking mix
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9″ glass pie plate with cooking spray. In a 10-inch skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is brown; drain fat. Then stir in salt. Spread in pie plate and sprinkle with cheese.
In a small bowl, stir Bisquick® with milk and eggs using a fork or wire whisk; blend well. Pour this mixture into pie plate over the cheese and sausage. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 6.
Remember, you can double this recipe and make it in a 9×13″ pan if you want 12 servings. The baking time may be slightly longer, so remember to do the knife-inserted-in-center test!