Hello and welcome back to Recipe of the Week, perhaps my favorite column ever. My love for #ROTW has less to do with my hubris (though it is large) and more to do with the amazing food-loving community you guys have created. I swear I love you more and more each week. Last time, you renewed my love for Pinterest by sharing the tried and true recipes you found on the photo sharing site.
The most up-voted comment was not a recipe, but a couple of excellent Pinterest board ideas from Brooklynbee:
These are both brilliant boards. Just in case anyone is wondering, my dead rock star pretend boyfriend is Rick Danko, and as such it only makes sense for Brooklynbee's trophy to be "It Makes No Difference."
But Rick Danko is not a recipe, and so we must move on. The #1 up-voted recipe(s) of the week, provided by Rinny Lush, were Cheesy Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread from Brown Eyed Baker and White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies from Creations by Kara. Both have been pinned on the xoClaire Pinterest board, but only one was prepared (and devoured) for today's post.
It's the cheese bread. I mean, obviously.
This loaf of molten, cheesy goodness contains a literal pound of shredded sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack, and there was no resisting its siren call. You'll find the recipe directly below, in all of its greasy glory.
Cheesy Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread (via Brown Eyed Baker):
- 1 large loaf or boule-style Italian bread (Sourdough or French could also work)
- ½ cup butter (unsalted or salted is fine), melted
- 1 clove garlic, minced
1 bunch scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
- 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
- Chopped fresh parsley, to garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a sheet of heavy-duty foil with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- Cut a cross-hatch pattern into the top of the bread by slicing ½-inch grid lines into the bread, stopping about ¼-inch from the bottom of the bread so that it stays together. Place the bread on the piece of foil that has been sprayed.
- Stir together the melted butter, garlic and scallions.
- Gently separate the bread with your fingers, then spoon the butter mixture in all of the seams, making sure it is evenly distributed among the whole loaf. Wrap the loaf up in the foil and place on a baking stone or directly on the oven rack and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F.
- Open the foil and sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the bread. There will be a lot of cheese, so try to push down as much as you can in between all of the crevices in the bread. Leave the foil open and return it to the oven. Bake until the cheese is completely melted, bubbling and starting to brown on top, about 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving, then sprinkle with parsley (if desired) and dig in!
I don't know what to tell you except that my husband and I could not stop putting this bread in our mouths. That's some A+ pinning, RinnyLush, and your trophy is "Heaven" by The Talking Heads, because I can't think of anything more heavenly than a pound of melted cheese on garlicky, buttery bread.
There were a ton of other recipes that I can't wait to try, and I pinned the three I found most tantalizing: Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup (submitted by sofcastlemccormick), Falafel Pie (submitted by Marijka), and Chocolate, Caramel, Marshmallow, Whiskey, and Bacon Bark (submitted by Webermore).
Let's carry on, wayward sons (well, daughters, but it's to many syllables to fit not-awkwardly in the song).
It's no secret that I love themed food. It's always fun to make, and I think the best recipe I ever created is this cocktail for my Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey viewing party. I'll probably have them carve "inventor of the Cosmos Cosmo" on my tombstone.
Game of Thrones is coming back soon, and my head is already spinning with themed-food ideas. Lots of red wine is a must (a la Queen Cersei), but I feel like some sort of bird pie must be done. (I won't elaborate on why, because I don't know where you all are in the series.)
So I ask you, dear reader: What upcoming TV shows are you excited about, and what themed-food would you make for them. Feel free to include recipes used in the past and please tell me if you did anything for House of Cards.