Pull-Apart Pesto Cheese Bread

Pull-Apart Pesto Cheese Bread | Pinky's Pantry
I keep seeing recipes for pull-apart breads everywhere…. pull-apart cheese bread, pull-apart bacon ranch bread, pull-apart cinnamon bread….. Well, I had some leftover Costco pesto sauce and I wanted to use it up before it hit the expiration date so I thought, “why not pull-apart pesto bread?” It sounded like it would be good, don’t you think? So I made a quick stop at the store to buy a french bread boule and some provolone cheese. Here’s what I came up with.

PULL-APART PESTO CHEESE BREAD

  • 1 round french boule (bread bowl)
  • 1 lb. sliced white cheese, such as provolone, swiss, monterey jack, etc.
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup basil pesto
  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil on top of a cookie sheet and place the bread on it.
  3. Slice the bread lengthwise being careful not to cut all the way to the bottom of the loaf.
  4. Next slice the bread crosswise, again taking care not to cut all the way to the bottom, so you have little 3/4-inch squares.
  5. Insert slices of cheese into the cuts between each bread cube, cutting cheese as necessary to fit.
  6. Melt butter in a small bowl in microwave.
  7. Add pesto to melted butter, stirring to combine well.
  8. Spoon all over bread making sure pesto butter goes into the cuts.
  9. Wrap foil closed over bread.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes.
  11. Open up foil and bake an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and top is golden brown.
  12. Transfer bread to a platter and serve immediately. To eat, everyone just pulls a little cube of bread out.

NOTE:  This bread is best served warm out of the oven.

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