Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Recipe: Hot Sauce Bread.. Just Don't Call it Buffalo

 This recipe could have been called a lot of different names: Vegetarian Spicy Bread, Cheesy Hot Bread or Buffalo Bread, that is, unless you ask Allie & Ashley's friend Pete, who takes exception to calling hot wings as anything "Buffalo". We think it stems from his hometown being Buffalo, NY, but whatever the reason, I came up with a non-offensive name for the bread.
It plays off the flavors of the ever popular hot wings - spicy orange sauce and blue cheese. But this snack has no chicken... just the heavenly combination of bread, cheese and hot sauce.
Ingredients:
A loaf of bread (wheat, white, sourdough or any kind; I used a round loaf, but any shape will be fine, just slice your bread in a different arrangement)
1/2 - 2/3 cup Hot Sauce, such as Frank's Red Hot Sauce
3 T butter
1/2 cup sliced Cheddar, Mozzarella or Jack cheese
1 cup Blue Cheese crumbles
 Heat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Slice the loaf of bread. If using a round loaf, create a grid pattern, slicing almost all the way down to the base, but leaving the bread intact enough to keep the bread together.
 Stuff the bread with the Cheddar cheese, right at the base. Cover the bread with parchment or tin foil and place in oven for 10-12 minutes until the cheese melts. While the bread is baking, heat the hot sauce in a small saucepan with the butter until simmering.
 Remove the bread from the oven and drizzle the sauce over the melted cheese.  You may have extra sauce, in which case, save it for an additional topping. Sprinkle with Blue Cheese, cover with parchment again and place it back in the oven.
Cook for 6 - 7 minutes until the Blue Cheese melts and bubbles. Remove from oven and carefully slice through the bread completely and serve.

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