PULL-APART CHEESY BREAD RECIPE
It’s no secret that I love hosting parties and gatherings. There’s something about having friends or family over, a festive ambiance and a shitload of drinks and delicious food that makes me really happy. Partly because I love events where there’s nothing really specific to do except have good time, talk, laugh and drink, partly because planning the menu for these events keeps me up at night for days, sometimes weeks if it’s a themed party. I’m kinda crazy like that about food...
One event that I loved organizing for my dad when I was younger was Super Bowl Sunday. My dad is a huge fan of football and even though he mostly watches the Canadian league, he wouldn’t miss Super Bowl Sunday for anything in the world. This year, I won’t be able to see my dad on this day, so to honour this little tradition, I figured I’d share one of my favourite things to make for Super Bowl Sunday, my pull-apart cheesy bread.
This won’t be a shocker to anyone, it is not one of those super-healthy, high-in-protein-and-fiber recipes. There are no chia seeds, flax seeds or veggies in there. It’s not something you eat to loose weight, boost your metabolism or count calories. It’s something that, enjoyed in moderation, will make you happy AF, instead of being that bitter a-hole in the corner who’s munching on a bag of carrot sticks while everyone is having wings, beer and a good time.
If you bring this to any Super Bowl event, it’ll be gone in a few minutes and if you make it for your man, there might be a proposal on the way. Seriously, it’s that good. Without further due, here’s how you make it:
First, you have a choice to make. You can whip-up a dough, (which is what I do) but you can also buy pre-made bread dough if you’re not a cook or if you’re pinched for time.
Here’s how I make the dough:
2 cups of flour
1 cup of warm water*
1.5 teaspoon of yeast
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
* Your water has to be warm. Not hot. Not room temperature. Warm. That's because the yeast needs warmth to react. Too hot and you’ll kill it, too cold and nothing will happen. If you put your finger in it, it should be warmer than body temperature, but not burn.
Put the warm water in a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast and sugar on top and wait a few minutes while it reacts (foam should start forming (roughly 4-6 minutes)). In a food-processor, mix the flour and salt, and the slowly add the yeast mixture, until it forms a soft ball of dough. Then, place that ball of dough in an oiled bowl (it has to be big enough that the dough has space to rise), cover it with a clean kitchen rag and put it in a warm place. I usually leave it on the stove under the kitchen hood’s light. Leave it there for about an hour.
When you get back to it, you’ll have a fluffy ball of delicious dough ready to use. Separate the dough in small balls (they should fit comfortably in your fist), and roll these up to form little snakes. Knot them up and place them carefully in a greased cake pan, not to tightly, but without leaving too much space between them either… That's the step that will make your pull-apart cheesy bread easy to pull apart! Then, you can start prepping the butter mixture while the dough keeps rising a little more.
2/3 stick of butter
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped (It’s a lot, but I LOVE garlic. You do you)
1 heaping tablespoon of each: Rosemary, parsley and basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated cheese to taste (I like to use a combination of cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan)
In a pan, melt the butter, add the garlic and mix in the spices, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Let it simmer a little until it starts smelling amazing, and get it out of the heat right before the garlic starts turning brown. With a brush, slather the mixture all over the bread knots, making sure to really get it in there between the pieces, not just laying on top. Cover it with the grated cheese and put it in the oven for about 40 minutes, at 400°F.
When it’s ready, sprinkle some basil leaves on top and serve it as soon as possible. Not gonna lie, this bread is really good cold, but it’s DELICIOUS when it’s warm. I like to serve this pull-apart cheesy bread with marinara sauce, but you can really get creative here.
That’s it! This pull-apart cheesy bread is that easy to make! If you don’t count down-time, it’s fairly quick too. The best part is, this bread is a massive hit every time, no matter if you bring it to a sports event or a backyard BBQ!
If you end up making it, definitely let me know (and send pictures, or it didn't happen, ha!). I'd love to know if you loved it, so please make sure to leave me a comment below, or hit me up on Instagram!
Hope you guys all have a fantastic weekend cheering for your favourite team.
Love, Jenny xx