Monday, April 21, 2008

Recipe Monday: Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks with Marinara Sauce

This recipe has helped increase my bread consumption, but I find it hard to resist. It combines two of my favorite kinds of food: dairy and crunchy. The flavors are standard but hard to beat and satisfy the hunger without waiting too long.

2-3 slices bread (the heel works well here)
1 tablespoon butter
~4 tablespoons olive oil
1 large garlic clove
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated (~1/4 cup per slice)
3/4 cup marinara sauce (or any tomato-based sauce you enjoy)

Melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave. Mince garlic using a garlic press or similar. Add to butter, add olive oil and heat for a few seconds in the microwave. Using a pastry brush, transfer garlic/butter/oil mixture onto one side of the bread slices. Coat as heavily or lightly as you prefer. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of brushed bread. Bake in oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat marinara sauce in microwave as bread bakes. Use a pizza cutter to slice cheesy garlic bread into three pieces. Scoop as much or as little marinara sauce with the sticks as you desire.

The cheese ends up nicely melted and the bread toasted, giving a nice crunch to the simple fare. Enjoy!

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