Thursday, November 14, 2013

Homemade Garlic and Cheese Bread

Another lifetime ago when I was in my early 20's I took a job working in a deli.  The pay was fair and the people I worked with were awesome.  In amongst having fun with people who were my friends we did a lot of cooking and we had a lot of food fights when the boss wasn't looking lol.  One of the most popular things we made aside from pizza, sandwiches, soups, salads, ect.  Were these, now at the time we called them breadsticks, you had the option of getting them plain or with cheese.  You can imagine that the breadsticks with cheese were the most popular of the two options.  You would get about 20 breadsticks with cheese and a side of marinara sauce.  We would get orders for these all over the city and surrounding areas.  So many memories, I think I miss the people I worked with the most.  We had Carl who sounded like wolf man jack with a heart of gold.  You had crazy Pam who was always chasing delivery men out of the store if he didn't get the orders right (she was the boss) a long with many other characters.  Carl is no longer with us anymore but I have memories of him being hilarious and a kind soul.  It is at this little store that these breadsticks will go down in my hall of fame memory because I made thousands if not millions of these things daily.  I am going to share this recipe with you all and I know some of you have made these a million times as well, but for me this is where I knew I wanted to do something with food for the rest of my life.


2 frozen bread doughs or you can make your own but you need enough to make two
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of celery seed
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
a pinch of crushed red pepper flake
a pinch of salt and pepper
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of grated cheese I used a combo of mozzarella and provolone


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
If you use frozen or make your own bread dough you need to grease a large bowl and set the doughs on top of each other.  After they double in size and are thawed if you use the frozen.  Roll out with some flour and a rolling pin.  You want the doughs about a half inch thick and you want them stuck together side by side.  Grease a cookie sheet a large one, and place your dough on the cookie sheet. Now oil the top of your dough and start adding all your seasonings, save the cheeses for last, and add only half of your Italian seasoning, save that for after you sprinkle the cheeses on it.  Now add your cheeses and the rest of the Italian seasoning .  Bake in your oven for about 20 minutes, or until your crust is golden brown and the cheeses are melted and bubbly.  Like this (see picture below).

I hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane with me.  The truth is there are so many people and so many good times we all had its hard to remember them all.  A special shout out goes to a friend and a former boss after Pam left, Lisa.   Live, Laugh and Love everyone.  Heather

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