You’ve shed your workday attire and traded it in for your favorite comfy clothes. Whether you’re spending an evening at home with your girls, your S.O., or yourself, you’ll want some comfort food to keep you company while you binge-watch your current Netflix obsession. So what indulgence might you pair with your relaxing night at home? Two words: cheese bread.
The guilty pleasure of all guilty pleasures—a warm, melty combination of gooey cheese and fresh bread. As it turns out, the internet is teeming with a variety of ways to marry these essential carbs together in the most creative and mouthwatering ways. That’s right—there’s way more to cheese and bread than a plain grilled cheese sandwich.
Pop a bottle of vino, and get comfy—these three tempting cheese bread recipes are the final touch to the perfect night in.
Smoked Mozzarella Pizza Bread
Effort Required: This Foodie Crush recipe makes ordering a pizza look like amateur hour, but it couldn’t be easier to whip up at home (no baking required). Simply buy a round of sourdough bread from the market, slice it up, drizzle some melted butter and seasoning on top, and add as much mozzarella and Parmesan as your heart desires. After 30 minutes in the oven, you’re left with cheesy bread heaven.
Decadence Factor: This gooey creation is decadent to the extreme. It takes breadsticks to the next level, and did we mention that these pull-apart bites are perfect for dipping in marinara sauce?
Perfect Pairing: We recommend serving this snack during your next viewing party of Bachelor in Paradise. The pull-apart pieces are meant for sharing, and you know you’ll have a living room full of friends ready to gossip about the latest romantic drama. Plus, cheesy pizza bread might just be the only thing as indulgent as watching beautiful strangers try to find love on a secluded island in Mexico.
Hot Reuben Dip In a Bread Bowl
Effort Required: This recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon features one extra large pumpernickel or dark rye bread filled to the brim with a flavorful combination of cheeses, creams, corned beef, and sauerkraut. Pick your favorite crackers or crostinis for dipping, and this baked bowl of deliciousness is ready to enjoy.
Decadence Factor: This cheese and bread medley is a play on the familiar hot Reuben dip sandwich, which means this dish is crazy indulgent. Your taste buds will delight in these strong flavors served up in the only kind of bowl capable of containing this much cheesy goodness: bread.
Perfect Pairing: You’re going to want some help digging into this comfort food masterpiece. Invite the whole gang over to watch the revamp of the cult classic, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (streaming on Netflix now), while you attempt to make your way through this decadent dip.
Green Grilled Cheese and Ranch Dippers
Effort Required: The biggest challenge to creating the perfect grilled cheese is maintaining your patience. This recipe from I Am a Food Blog calls for slowly toasting your sandwich in a pan while all the ingredients combine into a melty perfection. Be sure to keep the heat low and your eyes peeled for burning.
Decadence Factor: This sandwich is much more elevated than your average grilled cheese. As the name would suggest, the green grilled cheese is filled with pesto, spinach, and avocado. To add even more of a twist to this classic sandwich, once your grilled cheese is perfectly melty and toasted, remove it from the pan, slice it into rectangular strips, and try dipping it in whatever kind of dressing you’re in the mood for.
Perfect Pairing: Even though this sandwich is made for dipping, you might want to keep it all to yourself. Enjoy it solo while you catch up on Game of Thrones because—let’s face it—you need minimal distractions to follow the twisty plot of this crazy season.
Have you tried any of these recipes? Share which cheese bread variation is your favorite in the comments below.