Crunchy Pesto Bread
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large loaf Italian style bread, cut in half lengthwise
  2. 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  3. 1/4 cup pesto
  4. 2 T butter
  5. 1 tsp italian seasoning
  6. 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. In a small bowl mix all the ingredients until well combined, spread evenly over the bottom and top of the bread. Put the two sides together and wrap in foil.
  3. Place directly on the oven rack and bake for about 25 minutes.
  4. Remove the bread from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
  5. Unwrap the bread and slice into 1” pieces. Serve immediately.
***Cooking tips
  1. Although bread is at its best bought fresh baked, this recipe is just as good using a loaf at the ready in your freezer. Be sure to tightly wrap bread in plastic wrap and then place in a airtight plastic bag to freeze. Thaw frozen bread in it’s wrappers to maintain moisture.
  2. You can use whole wheat rustic bread and eliminate the cream cheese for a more pared down recipe, this is especially good with and italian vegetable soup or a simple pasta dish.
Robin Shea http://www.robinshea.com/