ISLAMABAD: Elevate your evening snack experience with the irresistible delight of chilli cheese garlic bread! Whether you’re seeking a savoury snack or as an appetizer, this dish should be on speed dial.
Evening snacks are important in our homes. We all enjoy taking a short break from work to have a snack and a cup of tea. That’s why it’s no surprise that I like to experiment with new snack recipes that are tasty and easy to make.
If your fridge houses the essentials, there’s no need for extensive prep, and the entire dish comes together within minutes. This makes it perfect for impromptu cravings or unexpected guests. Moreover, it’s a healthier choice since it’s homemade, and you have complete control over the ingredients.
Here’s what makes this chili cheese garlic bread a must-try:
- It’s a quick, fuss-free, and scrumptious appetizer, ready in under 20 minutes.
- Ideal for a 5 pm snack when you crave something warm and indulgent.
- Requires minimal chopping.
- Fully customizable; you can add more or skip veggies based on your preferences.
- Most ingredients are pantry staples, likely already in your kitchen.
- No fancy appliances needed; you can prepare it easily on the stovetop.
- Bread: While I’ve used regular white bread, you can opt for brown, whole wheat, or any available bread type.
- Cheese: I’ve chosen grated Mozzarella, but cube cheese works too, with slight variations in texture and flavour.
- Garlic: A game-changer, just ¼ teaspoon of freshly grated garlic elevates the dish; avoid paste or chopped garlic for the full garlicky aroma.
- Cream: Unexpected but essential for that creamy, pizza-like layer and to balance the heat from the chilies.
- Chillies: Two finely chopped green chillies add spice; adjust quantity based on your preferred spice level.
- Capsicum: Finely chopped capsicum or green bell pepper introduces a delightful crunch and mild heat.
- Coriander: Finely chopped cilantro adds earthiness; mincing it finely enhances the results.
- Salt: For flavour and seasoning.
- Italian seasoning: Easily available at most grocery stores, it infuses a delightful aroma.
- Butter: Softened to room temperature for spreading on the bread.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the grated Mozzarella cheese, grated garlic, cream, chopped green chilies, finely chopped capsicum, finely chopped coriander, salt, and Italian seasoning. Ensure that all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
- Spread a layer of softened butter on one side of each bread slice.
- On the non-buttered side of the bread, evenly spread the cheese mixture from the bowl.
- Heat a pan over low heat. Place the bread slices, buttered side down, onto the pan.
- To create a moist cooking environment, place a small bowl filled with water in the pan and cover it with a lid.
- Cook for approximately 2 minutes on low heat, or until the bread’s bottom turns golden brown, and the cheese inside has completely melted.
- Carefully remove the Chilli Cheese Bread from the pan and transfer it to a serving plate.
- Cut the Chilli Cheese Bread into your desired shapes and serve it immediately while it’s hot. Enjoy your delicious snack!