I’m so in love with pizza; it has looks and personality. Just one glance at a good cheesy pizza, and I start to drool. But then I take a bite and I’m like, “Oh my god, you’re delicious too!” Pizza has got it all. Now if only I could find me a man like that…
This Garlic Bread Pizza? I’d marry it. The crust is buttery and full of garlicky, herbilicious flavor. Then it’s topped with that zesty sauce and gobs of melty mozzarella cheese. Show me a man this delicious, I beg you. Okay, so Chris Hemsworth is pretty delicious, but I’m not even sure that he could satisfy me quite like a slice of this good and garlicky pizza.
I’m not playing around here; this pizza is blanketed in tons of stringy, delicious cheese. Sure, a little bit of cheese is good, but a lot of cheese is better. That’s the best thing about making pizza at home; you don’t have to worry about skimpy toppings. You’re in control of your own pizza destiny.
If average pizza is awesome enough as is, than this pizza with extra cheese and a supremely flavorful garlic crust is extraordinary. If you’re a pizza fan like myself, I implore you to give this pie a try. It’s stupidly simple, but equally delicious. Don’t be surprised if you wolf down a few more slices than you intended.
After all, love makes you blind.
A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
I know it seems like a lot of butter, but it’ll all soak up into that thick crust, never fear!
If you aren’t going to make the sauce homemade, then by the best-quality sauce you can find.
A little bit of parmesan would take this pizza up another notch.
Pardon my grammar, but it don’t get no better than buttery, garlicky bread covered in gooey cheese. That kind of food is out to steal your heart. Often times, you’ll pop into your favorite pizza place with the full intention of eating pizza, only to see cheesy garlic bread on the menu and wind up eating a gazillion slices of that. Then the pizza comes and you’re like, “Oh right…pizza.”
I’ve got good news for you: it is crazy easy to indulge in delicious cheesy garlic bread at home. In fact, my Cheesy Garlic Bread Dunkers need only 5 ingredients. They come together in minutes, and they taste just like the ones from the pizzeria.
Actually, that’s a lie. Mine taste way better. There’s no skimping on toppings or using poor-quality ingredients here. I’ve got these babies covered in garlic, 2 kinds of cheese, and butter. The bread is crusty and buttery; the cheese is perfectly stringy. Restaurants just can’t compare.
These dunkers are so much fun to eat. They’re sliced into perfectly sized strips so you can dunk ‘em in marinara sauce. It’s like a cheesy-pizza-garlic bread party, and you do not want to pass up this invite.
You probably have most of the ingredients on hand right now! Don’t wait a second longer. It’s time to get dunking!
A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
See just how quick and easy this bread is to make in my video above. My furry friend Reese joins us in the kitchen today to do some taste-testing. Even she loves this stuff!
Don’t like oregano? Try parsley or basil instead.
I found my pizza crust in the refrigerated section of my grocery store. It’s made by a local pizza company, Spano’s. You want to find something similar, which I’m sure your grocery store will have as well. The crust should be thick and fluffy, like all good garlic bread is. If all else fails, gets some good focaccia or another thick bread.
Store bought marinara sauce is just fine for dipping. But feel free to make some homemade if you like!
You can use all mozzarella instead of the mozzarella-cheddar mix.
Cheesy Garlic Bread Dunkers By The Smart Cookie Cook
1 thick rectangular pizza crust, store-bought or homemade (if you can’t find this, use store-bought dough and roll it thick, or you can use focaccia)
3/4 stick of butter (6 tablespoons), melted
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
marinara sauce, for dunking
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the crust on a baking sheet and bake for 5-8 minutes, or until hot and set but not yet browned.
Remove the crust from the oven, but leave the oven on. Use a pastry brush to evenly spread the butter over the crust. Do the same with the garlic. Sprinkle cheese evenly over top and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is golden brown.
Top with fresh oregano and cut into sticks. Serve with marinara sauce.
Garlic is a beautiful thing. It’s flavor is so fantastic and so powerful. And yet, garlic is also universally complimentary of a plethora of foods. That’s one brilliant bulb. But garlic is in danger, my little cookies. It’s being exploited, overworked, and depreciated. We use garlic all the time, but hardly give it its place in the spotlight that is deserves. Basically, we’ve been putting garlic in things just for the sake of putting it in. Don’t get me wrong, most dishes are bettered by the addition of garlic. But sometimes, we need to step back and remember why garlic is such a wonderful herb/vegetable/spice in the first place.
Garlic bread is a fabulous way to showcase that. I’m not talking about that crap you get in the frozen section of your grocery store; I’m talking about the stuff you make fresh at home that is practically just as easy as throwing some frozen slices onto a baking sheet and tossing it in the toaster. There are a few simple steps and an itty-bitty ingredient list. The results that this quick and easy recipe yields are unbelievably delicious and packing tons of garlic impact. You won’t believe how this simple homemade bread can be some of the best you’ve ever had. Olive garden breadsticks, step aside.