Yesterday was Valentine's Day. Though we had a simple dinner, I wanted to make an appetizer that wowed Hubby. When we go out to eat, if it is on the menu, we order a bruschetta type accordion bread. I thought I could make an awesome garlic bread, using the same concept, but adding ingredients that we totally love. We often like to top leftover garlic bread with mozzarella cheese, to make it seem new again, so I wanted to incorporate that between the garlicky slices or baguette. And we all know how AWESOME bacon is right??
This is a super simple, yet deliciously impressive appetizer. I'm sure your guests would all Oooh and Ahhh over the ooey gooey bread with bacon. They would be totally CRAZY if they didn't!! The kids really loved this too. The inside was soft and garlicky, full of cheese, bacon and nice fresh green onion. The outside was crispy and buttery. Between the 4 of us, we managed to eat the whole loaf and as a result Mr.B declared last night dinner, the best Valentine's Day dinner of his life, LOL.
Bacon-Mozzarella Accordion Style Garlic Bread
1 demi baguette
1/3 C butter melted
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
5 slices Applewood Smoked bacon, chopped
1 C part skim mozzarella, grated
2 green onions, green tops only, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using a serrated knife cut slits into the baguette, making sure NOT to cut completely through the bread, about 1/2 inch apart. Place into a baking dish and set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl, mix the butter and garlic. Microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds, until the butter is hot and melted. Set aside to let garlic infuse.
In a small skillet, over medium heat, cook bacon, to desired doneness. Remove cooked bacon with a slotted spoon, to a paper towel to drain. Once bacon has cooled, toss it with the mozzarella and green onion.
Gently separating each slice of the baguette, brush the insides of the bread with garlic butter. Next, insert generous pinches of cheese-bacon mixture into each slit. Brush stuffed bread with remaining garlic butter and top with any remaining cheese-bacon mixture.
Bake in upper 1/3 section of your preheated oven, for 5-10 minutes, until the cheese has completely melted. Serve warm.
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