Maybe right after everyone makes their new year’s resolution to eat healthy is not the ideal time to post this recipe but it’s just sooo good. Plus I haven’t blogged since October…but to be fair we moved from Moose Jaw to Comox, BC for Rock’s work in November and then it was the holidays. And so yes, technically we’re not Eating in Moose Jaw anymore, but I can’t change the name of the blog so the name is staying!
Anyway, I had been wanting to make this recipe from Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings book ever since I got it many months ago but it’s so excessive that even I couldn’t justify making it for just us. So my family’s Christmas Eve dinner was the perfect time and I made two loaves of these bad boys! The recipe says one loaf serves 8 and I actually agree with this ‘cus while you could definitely split one between a few people (‘cus it’s so delicious that you just wanna scarf all of it), you would probably hate yourselves for the rest of the day.
1 x 1-lb round loaf French bread (we used a sourdough) / 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese / 1 and 1/2 cups finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese / 3/4 cup butter, room temperature / 1/2 cup mayonnaise / 4 cloves garlic, finely minced / 1 tsp red pepper flakes (which I skipped just ‘cus I didn’t have any on hand) / 1 tsp salt / 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400F and in a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the bread. With a serrated knife, cut the bread in a crosshatch pattern with the cuts about 2 inches apart and without cutting through the bottom of the loaf.
Spread a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and put the bread in the middle. Stuff the cheese-garlic mixture into all the cracks of the bread and spread any remaining mixture on top. Doesn’t this look AMAZING?!
Take another sheet of aluminum foil and lay it over top of the bread, crimping the edges with the bottom sheet of foil to seal in the bread. (The recipe says to spray the top sheet of foil with cooking spray but I guess I simply didn’t read that part ‘cus I was too excited… anyway it didn’t stick so you can skip this step if you want.) Bake for 20 minutes and then turn down the heat to 375F and take off the top sheet of foil. Bake for another 15 minutes or so. Then dig in! The diet can start tomorrow.