Easy peasy cheesy tailgating bread

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BREAD AND CHEESE is one of life’s loveliest things, whether you live in Spain, France, Italy, UK or the good ol’ US of A, everyone has their favourite way of eating it.

However when the two ingredients are warmed up, it’s a whole different story…

It’s bread, butter and cheese. Simple right? So why is it so moreish?

This is one of those recipes that is extremely easy to make and doesn’t take a lot of time, and it’s best eaten right out of the oven, when the cheese is at the height of stretchiness and the bread is steaming and oh-so-comforting on the inside.

So why is it called tailgating bread? The answer is in the shape as when you cut a grid pattern into a loaf of crusty bread, it kind of looks like a football. But we’re pretty sure it tastes much better.

Go ahead. Get your hands greasy, pull out the cheesiest, butteriest piece on the loaf, and keep coming back for more.

Soft-on-the-inside and crusty-on-the-outside Italian bread that is cut into grab-able squares, generously doused with melted butter mixed with minced green onion and garlic, toasted till hot and tender, then crammed full of cheddar cheese and baked until bubbly with browned bits of cheese capping it.

This is a true crowd-pleaser!

Ingredients:
1 knob butter
1 clove garlic, large, peeled and minced
1 bunch green onions, trimmed and minced
450gm loaf of crusty bread
450gm grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1 bunch fresh parsley, minced

Method:
Preheat oven to 350°F (or preheat grill to medium heat). Lay out a double thickness of standard foil (or a single thickness of heavy-duty foil.) Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a microwave-safe bowl, or a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the butter until melted and mix in the garlic and sliced green onions. Stir with a serving spoon.

Lay the loaf of bread on the cutting board and cut a ½” grid pattern into it, stopping about ¼” above the base of the bread so that it stays connected.

Gently pry apart the bread and spoon the butter mixture along the seams. Gently wrap the foil up around the top of the loaf and put on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, open the foil and sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top, gently pushing some of the cheese down into the cut bread.

Leave the foil open and return the pan to the oven or grill and raise the heat to 425°F or High for another 15 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and bubbly and lightly browned on top.

Let the loaf set for 3 minutes before showering with freshly minced parsley and serving.

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