Cheesy Garlic Bread Spread
- 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
- 3 teaspoons chopped garlic
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Begin by ensuring all your ingredients are at hand and appropriately measured to facilitate a smooth preparation process. Given the flavor-centric nature of this spread, opting for high-quality, fresh ingredients like real garlic and good-quality cheeses will significantly elevate the final outcome.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add your room-temperature butter. It’s crucial that the butter is soft to ensure that the other ingredients incorporate well, creating a smooth, even spread. Add in the chopped garlic, ensuring it’s finely chopped to distribute that robust garlic flavor evenly throughout the spread.
Next, introduce the garlic powder, which intensifies the garlic flavor, ensuring every bite is a burst of garlicky goodness. Following that, sprinkle in the black pepper, adding a subtle, spicy undertone to the mix.
Now, add the parmesan and cheddar cheese to the bowl. Both cheeses should be freshly grated where possible to ensure a richer flavor and superior meltiness. Using a fork, mix all the ingredients thoroughly, ensuring the garlic and cheeses are evenly distributed throughout the butter.
Choose your bread—whether a long sourdough French loaf or thick-cut bread slices—and generously spread the cheesy garlic mixture atop. Ensure the bread is adequately covered with a thick layer of the spread to maximize flavor in each bite.
Place your prepared bread on a baking sheet and bake at 450°F for approximately 10 minutes. Keep a watchful eye towards the end to ensure that it reaches a glorious golden brown without burning. Once baked to perfection, allow it to cool slightly, then slice, serve, and watch faces light up with joy.