stuffed cheesy bread
I just spent the last five minutes looking at Rihanna’s Instagram feed. I just… I dunno. It’s been that kind of week.
I don’t know about you, but I like to maintain a certain level of life pace. One social event a day? Cool. Three social events a day? I start looking for my hermit box. One bad phone call a week? I’ll take it; that’s real life. Three bad phone calls in a week? Hand me an ice cream sandwich or five, please. As you can guess, this last week was not so kind to my preferred life pace.
It hasn’t been all bad, though. I mean, The Bachelorette started last week (and I get to hang out with the Bluths again), so that’s fun. It’s summer, so there’s that. Oh, and I made stuffed cheesy bread. So… yeah. Not so bad after all.
As long as we agree to forget about the Rihanna thing.
In the interest of moving on, let’s talk about cheese and bread: Two of my favorite things. What you’ve got here is a typical yeast dough-like situation, which turns into a cheese-topped dough situation, which turns into a cheese-STUFFED dough situation, which turns into breadsticks and then, magic. In so many words, anyway.
Be forewarned: This recipe makes two loaves of breadsticks which, at the time, might seem like plenty. But once you get even a remote whiff of the gooey, melty, cheesy deliciousness going on in the oven, you just might start looking at them like they’re actually really small. Like, totally one serving per loaf small. And then you’ll say to yourself, “But I just ate lunch,” but then you’ll decide that your lunch was actually not all that great and kind of needs a do-over, and oh look, fresh-baked stuffed cheesy bread just came out of the oven and you can’t just let that go to waste, now can you? And thus, second lunch is born.
In other news, can someone suggest to me another hobby besides looking at celebrity Instagram feeds? Kthanksbye.
Stuffed Cheesy Bread
Adapted from The Food Network
Yields: 2 loaves (8 breadsticks each)
For the dough —
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup warm water (about 110 degrees F)
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cornmeal
For the filling/topping —
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and water. Sprinkle top with yeast and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in vegetable oil.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add yeast mixture; stir to combine. Using dough hook, knead dough on medium speed until smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes (OR, knead by hand on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes). Shape dough into a ball and transfer to a lightly greased bowl; turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour to 1 hour, 30 minutes.
When dough is risen, heat oven to 450 degrees F. Place an inverted baking sheet on the middle rack. Line a second baking sheet with parchment paper; sprinkle with cornmeal. In a medium bowl, toss together cheeses, garlic powder, salt and parsley flakes. Divide dough in half; press each piece on the cornmeal-covered parchment paper into an 8-inch square. Top one side of each square with 1/2 cup (for each) of the cheese mixture. Fold over and press edges lightly to seal. Use a sharp knife to slice dough into 8 1-inch strips, stopping just before the folded edge. Sprinkle evenly with remaining cheese mixture.
Carefully slide dough on parchment paper on top of inverted baking sheet in oven. Bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before pulling apart into breadsticks.
I’m pretty sure cheesy bread makes everything better!
ummmmm YES YES YES to this. Looks amazing!!!
Don’t feel bad about RiRi’s Insta feed. I did the same thing with Amanda Bynes’s Twitter, except that was for like 20 minutes. YIKES. I’ll leave it at that.
Love, love , love! I mean cheesy bread! YES!
STUFFED cheesy bread? Um, yes please!
Kathryn — I’m pretty sure I totally agree! Thanks, love 🙂
Marie — Bahahahaha!! (But now I kinda want to look at Amanda Bynes’ feed. I need help.)
Tieghan — Thank you, dear!
Steph — You know it! 🙂 Thanks, dear!
This is heavenly!! Lovely recipe!
Stuffed cheezy Bread makes everything so much better!! Now im off to check on Rhianna 😉
uaghhh I had such a busy weekend, I could use some stuffed cheesey bread. This sounds SO epic.
Katrina — Thank you, love!
Gerry — It does, it really does. Thank you! And say hi to Rihanna for me. 😉
Kelly — I wish we could hang out together and recoup from this weekend with some cheesy bread and a glass (or two) of wine. 🙂 Hope things are looking up for you this week, though!
We are like connected or something I made a cheese bread this past week too. I am so excited that Rhi is coming to Australia next year! Too bad I haven’t got tickets This bread has my name all over it! Cheese lovers unite
I really must start baking bread because who doesn’t want homemade bread loaded with all kinds of cheese. Looks so good, Stephanie!
Not only am I going bonkers over your cheese-stuffed bread, but I’d make the batch just so I could say I had two loaves of breadstick baking in the oven. CRAZY good!
Google images of our favorite Voice coach?
That wasn’t helpful at all.
I think I need some stuffed cheesy bread to ponder this over.
On one last note: I have church small group tonight. I hope my friends there understand what a sacrifice I’m making going instead of staying home to watch all things Bachelorette-y. (I’ll make sure to inform them in case they don’t yet grasp it.)
This looks like the type of recipe that could make me face my fear of yeasted dough… looks so immensely good!
One of my biggest weaknesses…. Yum! Love cheesy bread!
Um, this looks INCREDIBLE!
Belinda — Ha! Great minds. 😉 Yay for cheese lovahs!
Daisy — Get on it, girl! 😉 But seriously, it’s definitely worth making. Thanks, dear!
Julia — Two is always better than one, especially in the cheese/carb department! Thanks, darlin’! 🙂
Stephie — Oh no, that’s been helpful. 😉 And your small group gals better know how important they are if you’re missing it! Maybe you can somehow incorporate watching it as part of your study? Eh? Worth a try. 😉
Becca — Do it do it do it!! But seriously, do it. It’s too good to pass up. 🙂
Lisa — Tell me about it. It went WAY too fast in our house. 🙂 Thanks, dear!
Julie — Thank you, dear!
I’ll trade you ice cream sammies for this bread – the carb lover in me is drooling 😉
Okay, now I want to scroll through Rhi’s Instagram feed while I eat a bunch of pieces of cheesy bread!
Oh, oh yes. This needs to be in my kitchen.
Looks sooo good!!! Wish I had some now!!!
Cheesy bread yes, yes and yes!
I love this more than life itself. Dang 😉
Bread? Cheese? Wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Laura — Sounds like a good trade to me! 😉
Lauren — Be warned, you might be there for an awkwardly long amount of time! Just sayin’. 😉
Hayley — It does. It definitely does. 🙂 Thanks, doll!
Robyn — Thank you, dear!
Meagan — I agree! 🙂 Thanks!
Laurie — I’m right there with you. 🙂 Thanks, love!
JoAnn — You’re so welcome! 😉
Woah! Stephanie, this bread looks amazing! I love the cheese on top AND inside! Yummers!!
This bread looks sooo good, Stephanie! That picture of all the melted cheese oozing from it is amazing. Hope this week gets better (:
Anna — Thank you! I love the double cheese, too (which is why these went SO FAST in our home :))
Caroline — Thank you, dear! And this week is much better so far, thanks 🙂
That last photo is actually kill.ing.me. These look incredible, Stephanie!
Yum! And I’m jealous of your photography skills 😉
Georgia — Thank you so much! 🙂
Sunnie — Oh, thank you dear! 🙂
Oh yes! Just what I need in my life! I seriously need this bread!
Oh. My. Word! This looks so amazing!
I hope the cheesy bread made things a little better! How could it not?! And no judgement on the Rihanna instagram feed. I’m sure I’ve done worse! Unless you’re looking at Justin Bieber’s feed. Then we have bigger problems!
Jocelyn — Thank you, dear!
Julie — Thank you, friend!
Chung-Ah — It definitely helped, thanks! 🙂 And I have been able to keep myself away from the Bieb’s feed… though now I’m curious… 😉
Oh man, I’ve had weeks like those! Although I’ve never had cheesy bread like this to make it all better. That needs to change!!!
Ashley — It really does help, let me tell you 😉
oh my gosh…this looks crazy good…and yeah that it makes 2 loaves because we always NEED an extra loaf of cheesy bread!
Angela — True story! 🙂 Thank you!
My mouth is legitimately watering. I need to make this soon. That last picture…with the stringy cheese…omg.
I need a hermit box after a super social week, too.
Cheesy bread makes everything better. Make a double batch next time 😉
Rachel — Haha, thank you! 🙂
DessertForTwo — Seriously. A hermit box would be so nice to have sometimes. 🙂 And I’m totally making a double batch next time! Thanks, dear 🙂
Rihanna stalking moments? totally a thing in my life. I’ve been trying to decrease them since I’ve been using the.boy’s laptop and don’t want him to go through the search history and realize what a psycho I am..but still. It’s a thing.
Cheesy bread = cure for all things. Good or bad.
Step away from the celebri-tweets on the Instagrams. More often than not, those just make me more ragey and I need to console myself with carbs or a new nail polish. Or more carbs. Just covering my bases here. GIMMER THESE!
Joanne — Oooh yes, the search history is totally a giveaway. 🙂 Thankfully we have cheesy bread to cure all ails (and maybe forgive any Rihanna stalking moments? ;))
Megan — Haha, yes to more carbs and nail polish! I’m so with you on that 🙂 Thanks, friend!
Cheesy bread sounds like heaven! I think I am gonna have to double this recipe because two loaves of breadsticks do not look like enough.
Nicole — I think that’s a very wise choice. 😉
Oh WOW, look at all that cheese-y goodness. Looks delicious and I just want to sink my teeth into it. 🙂 Lovely post.
Anne — Thank you! 🙂
I’m drooling! This looks so delicious. I seriously want this right now. 🙂
Tina — Thank you so much! 🙂
I just found you today and I’m so happy I did! This looks to-die-for! How can we go wrong with cheese and bread?! This bread can/will make anything better. (even Rhianna’s Instagram…well maybe not so much! : )
Danielle — Welcome! And thank you! It really does make (most) anything better 😉
yep… making this tomorrow… or now… the focaccia bread I have rising might have to turn into this. thanks for posting!
Amy — Oooh, I think that’s an excellent idea. 🙂 Thanks!
Hugs – hope you have better upcoming week.
This bread sounds amazing, bread and cheese are 2 food groups I can get behind and love dearly.
Pinning to make – thanks!
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This bread looks incredible!!! And I have some leftover marinara sauce. Definitely making this bread today!!
This bread and a salad sounds like a perfect dinner to me! I may try wrapping it up and baking it on the grill for a “no oven” dinner. Thanks, the only thing better than cheesy bread is stuffed cheesy bread! 🙂
Deborah — Thank you! Hope you like it! 🙂
Wendy — Oooh, let me know if that grill option works out well for you; sounds delicious! Thanks!
I just pinned this recipe – I can’t wait to make it for my husband!! (and for me) Oh and I follow Kim Kardashian on Instagram, and hate myself for it…
Oh my goodness this was so delicious and easy peasy! I have already made it twice. The second time I used fresh minced garlic and it was delightful!
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oh gosh, i came across this recipe and i am pretty psyched about it! Cheese in and out!
Happiness all around.
Thank you for this!
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This looks so good. I need a dough to make my spaghetti bake, and this looks great. I don’t have access to cornmeal though, since I’m in the uk. They don’t seem to have it. Is there a substitute?
Sarah — You could just use more all-purpose flour — the purpose of the cornmeal is just so that the dough doesn’t stick to the pan. Hope you like it!
I followed the exact measurements but my dough was crumbly and dry 🙁
dana — Oh no! So sorry to hear that. You might need to add a bit more water to the dough then when you make it — unfortunately doughs are not an exact science, but more of a “feel.” I hope that helps. 🙁
Would using all purp flour instead of unbleached be ok? would it change anything?
Jay — Unbleached is all-purpose flour, just, well, not bleached. 🙂 So yes, any all-purpose flour works great!
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Just made these yesterday and they came out really well! Everyone enjoyed it (who can say no to cheese, right?) 🙂
The only trouble I had was being able to cut the dough into breadsticks BEFORE baking it… the dough was too sticky and my knife kept getting stuck, so I just cut the bread after I baked it. Not a problem though, I probably should have put more flour or kneaded it better. But thank you for this recipe, definitely making it again!
Ankita — Sorry you had trouble with cutting the dough! But I’m so glad they turned out well anyway and you enjoyed them! 🙂
can you use bisquit dough
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Love this recipe. My friends always request this cheesy bread when we are having a party or get together.
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