Focaccia Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe: A Mouthwatering Treat

Are you a garlic bread lover looking for a new twist on an old favorite? Look no further than Focaccia Cheesy Garlic Bread! This delicious bread is a mouthwatering treat that combines the classic flavors of garlic and cheese with the chewy texture of focaccia. Whether you’re serving it as an appetizer or as a side dish with your favorite pasta, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

➤ You’ll need :

Bread:

▢1 cup warm water

▢1 teaspoon active dry yeast

▢2 tablespoons granulated sugar

▢⅓ cup olive oil

▢1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

▢2 teaspoons garlic, minced

▢1 teaspoon sea salt

▢2½ cups all-purpose flour

Garlic Butter:

▢4 tablespoons butter, melted

▢2 cloves garlic, minced

▢⅛ cup parmesan cheese, grated

▢1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped

▢½ teaspoon kosher salt

Toppings:

▢1½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided

▢1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

➤ Step-by-Step Guide to Making it :

Bread:

In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, and sugar. Stir and let it rest for 5 minutes.

In a small bowl combine olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic, and sea salt.

Pour half of the oil mixture into the yeast mixture. Set the remaining oil mixture aside.

Add flour to the oil and yeast mixture. Stir to combine.

Add dough to a greased bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let the dough rest for 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

Assembly:

When ready, preheat the oven to 450°F.

Pour the remaining oil mixture into a 12-inch cast-iron skillet. Use a pastry brush to coat the skillet.

Add half the dough to the skillet and work the dough to the edges. Use your fingers to create dimples in the dough.

Top the dough with 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Fold the other half of the dough out onto a sheet of parchment paper. Use your hands to form the dough into a 12-inch circle. Invert the parchment paper over the cheese and carefully peel back the paper, leaving the top layer of dough in the skillet.

In a small bowl mix together butter, garlic, parmesan, parsley, and salt. (This is the garlic butter.)

Use your fingers to gently dimple the top of the dough. Brush the garlic butter over the top of the dough.

Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese and the cheddar cheese.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and the cheese is bubbling. (If you want the bread cut into pieces, remove it after 16 minutes, cut, and then put the bread back in the oven for the final two minutes.)

Serve hot with a marinara sauce for dipping.

➤ Recipe Notes:

  • Use a good quality olive oil for the best flavor in the focaccia bread.
  • Make sure the water is warm, but not too hot, when adding the yeast. Water that is too hot can kill the yeast and prevent the bread from rising properly.
  • The garlic butter can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • For an extra burst of flavor, sprinkle some chopped sun-dried tomatoes on top of the cheese before baking.
  • If you don’t have fresh parsley, you can substitute dried parsley or omit it altogether.

➤ Conclusion:

Focaccia Cheesy Garlic Bread is a delicious and easy-to-make recipe that is sure to impress. With its crispy crust, chewy interior, and cheesy topping, it’s a perfect appetizer or side dish for any occasion. So why not give it a try and see for yourself why this recipe is a mouthwatering treat that your family and friends will love!

That’s it, all you have to do is Enjoy !

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