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Garlic Bread With Mozzarella

1 very good homemade or store-bought focaccia bread

1/2 cup salted butter, softened

3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella

6 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Slice focaccia bread in half through the middle and spread approximately 1/4 cup of the softened butter on the faces of each half of the loaf.

Sprinkle about 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese over the butter on each half.

Sprinkle 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese on the face of each half of foccacia.

Arrange about 3 cloves of very thinly sliced garlic on each face of the bread, and then sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano over the top of each half. You can also mince the garlic instead if you like

Bake bread on a baking sheet for 10 - 12 minutes or until top begins to brown. Slice and serve.


  1. Looks and sounds great! Wondering about the oven temp...350 or higher? Trying this tonight with lasagna.

  2. I haven't tried it yet, maybe this weekend I'll make a garlic bread with onion chimes and mozzarella cheese.

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