Cheesy Stuffed Pesto Garlic Bread. {Video!}

[this post is in partnership with my favorites, DeLallo Foods! I’m created some delicious recipes and videos that you’ll see over the next few months. xo]

Let me profess my love to you with cheesy pesto garlic bread.

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There is definitely enough to go around!

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Okay, so you want to know what I love about embarrassingly easy recipes like this? It can be a fancy snack… or a SIDE!

Eddie is the king of side dishes. I wrote this about him years ago, but he loves multiple side dishes with dinner. And things that I don’t even want or need a side with (i.e. pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, etc), he always wants a side.

Shockingly enough, many times garlic bread works as a side dish for him which makes dinner time ridiculously easy. While I would never be able to make an entire loaf of bread like this for our dinner (well, I guess I totally could, but then we’d be forced to eat it all and hate ourselves in the morning, whomp whomp), I LOVE this idea as a garlic bread side dish for a dinner with friends or family. It can easily be made in one loaf and everyone just pulls their slice off!

Easy peasy.

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On the slip side, it’s completely appropriate to serve a big loaf of cheesy bread at any party. I mean, it’s usually the first snack I gravitate to at a party, and throw in some pesto? And some roasted garlic? Which is caramely and sweet?

I.cannot.get.enough.

EEEEEEEEEEP.

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While I’m still kind of wishing for one big snow in these parts, the one thing that is killing me is the major lack of fresh herbs. We couldn’t even find basil in a package last week at the grocery store and ended up buying an entire basil plant that has already died. WHYYYY.

But! Enter one of my favorite things from my loves at DeLallo’s: the basil pesto. This pesto is so freaking good and one of the sole reasons I started to love basil pesto a few years ago. Before that, I’d only do arugula pesto with tons of cheeeese.

And while I do like freezing a batch of pesto in the fall each year as my herbs go bye bye, it’s gone within a few months. So we have LOTS of this on hand and use it for pizzas and pastas and everrrrrything in between.

Even better?! Here’s a peek at some of my favorite pantry items we grab at DeLallo’s each week! They are also giving 10% off all products on the site if you use the code SWEET10. Wahoo!

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Cheesy Stuffed Pesto Garlic Bread.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 loaf of Italian bread
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 jar of DeLallo basil pesto
  • 1 cup freshly grated fontina cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

To roast the garlic, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice off the top portion of the garlic head to reveal the cloves. Lightly rub back and forth to remove the paper and peel any excess paper off. Pour a bit of the oil over each bulb. Wrap the bulbs tightly in foil and place in the oven. Roast for 45 to 60 minutes, until the cloves are caramel and golden in color. You can do this process ahead of time!

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the bread on the sheet.

Take the bread and make 1-inch slices ¾ of the way down into the bread, leave the whole loaf intact.

Place the butter in a bowl. Squeeze in the roasted garlic cloves. Add about 2 tablespoons of the pesto and stir and mash the mixture together. Take the butter and spread it inside every slice and crevice of the bread, reserving just a bit. You can use a little more of the pesto and spoon and spread it in the slices and crevices. Take the fontina cheese and stuff it inside the slices and crevices.

Brush the top of the bread with the remaining garlic pesto butter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Remove and sprinkle it with the parmesan. Serve while it's hot!

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I think it can be lunch and dinner too. And breakfast.