Food Conversations: Cheesy Garlic Bread + Chicken Alfredo Bread

Food Conversations: Cheesy Garlic Bread + Chicken Alfredo Bread

Ramzan is right around the corner and I’ve got two quick and very delicious iftar items for you: Cheesy Garlic Bread and Chicken Alfredo Bread. I understand that 50 percent of you may already be in love. Bread topped with stuff has been on my mind since a few weeks and so I tried out three versions yesterday and loved these two the most. N tried them a few hours later after work and he vouched for the same. So it’s good stuff, boys.

Of course, you can make these any time of the year and also if you’re not a (practicing) Muslim. Feel free to carb out your life, I entirely support your food aspirations.

Disclaimer: This is a majorly indulgent cheese & butter double date situation so you might want to keep that in mind. I accept no responsibility if post-consumption your jeans no longer fit.

Now let’s get moving. Garlic bread first.

CHEESY GARLIC BREAD
There’s no one who can or should say no to garlic bread so let’s do this.

Ingredients
Loaf bread – I made this with hand-sized Portuguese bread I found at Carrefour. You can use a big sized Italian loaf or anything that can be buttered and cheesed and is not hard. If you can’t find anything, I think hotdog buns should do the job too.
Unsalted Butter, melted (1/4 cup)
Garlic Powder (1 teaspoon). Feel free to use fresh garlic if you wish.
Mozzarella Cheese, shredded. (1/3 cup) You can grate a fresh block of Mozzarella too. And the quantity is upto you – use as much or less as you want.


Serves
1 person. It’s rich so this amount should be sufficient for one person if you’re having as a snack or as part of an iftar spread.
Note: Since this serves one, just double/triple it up if you’re making for more.

Recipe
1. Preheat oven to 200 C.

2. Slice your bread lengthwise.

3. Mix the melted butter and garlic powder together until smooth.

4. Brush the inside of the bread with the butter and garlic ‘sauce’.
5. Lay the bread out on a baking dish lined with aluminium foil. Then cover it up with some more foil.
6. Toss the baking dish into the oven for about 8 minutes.

7. Pull the baking dish out, uncover the foil (carefully), check out your sexy buttered bread.

8. Load the bread with lots of mozzarella. Feel free to use as much or less as you want.
9. Put the dish back into the oven (no need to cover the bread this time) and let it bake for about 6-8 minutes. Watch the cheese, when it’s melting and brown enough you can pull it out (even if that takes longer or less than 6-8 minutes).
10. Pull it out, let it cool, stuff your face, believe in God.



Have it fresh from the oven. But if it goes cold, heat up a tiny bit in the microwave or oven and it should be pretty alright too.
Next up, bread and some chicken alfredo. Honestly, can’t choose my favorite between the two.
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CHICKEN ALFREDO BREAD

This guy is very, very good. I won’t say it’s life-changing but it’s close enough. I took this recipe from a friend who loves to cook, and changed it very slightly. This is done by lots of people by the way so nothing groundbreaking but it tastes amazing so I decided it’s a kickass option for iftar (and everything else) and erraybaady should know about it. So let’s discuss.

Ingredients
Loaf bread.  I made this with hand-sized Portuguese bread I found at Carrefour. You can use a big sized Italian loaf or anything that can be buttered and cheesed and is not hard. If you can’t find anything, I think hotdog buns should do the job too.
Unsalted Butter (3 tablespoons). I used spreadable butter so it was super soft
Garlic Powder (1 teaspoon)
Parsley flakes (1/2 teaspoon)
Chicken, cooked & shredded (3 tablespoons). I had leftover rotisserie chicken that I used. You can use less or more.
Mozzarrella Cheese, shredded (1/3 cup) You can grate a fresh block of Mozzarella too. And the quantity is upto you – use as much or less as you want. 
Alfredo Sauce
Unsalted butter (1 tablespoon)
Evaporated Milk (1/4 cup). This is the one I used, same as what I use for my chai.
Parmesan Cheese, grated (1/2 cup)
Garlic Powder (1 teaspoon)
Parsley flakes (1/2 tsp)
Pepper, pinch
Salt, pinch

Serves
2. It’s indulgent so one slice is actually good enough for one person, especially if you’re doing it as a snack or part of an iftar spread.

Recipe
1. Preheat oven to 200 C.
2. Slice your bread lengthwise. Keep on the side.

3. Mix butter, garlic powder and parsley flakes in a bowl.

4. Apply this butter mixture on the insides of the bread. You may have extra butter leftover, because I did (sorry about that, I made this recipe off my friend’s estimate)

5. Make the alfredo sauce with the ingredients listed under ‘alfredo sauce’ (wow, such guidance). Take a saucepan. Add butter and melt it on medium heat (should take about a minute, on my electric stove I cooked at 3 on a scale of 1-9). Add garlic powder and cook for another minute. Then add the evaporated milk and cook some more. Follow it up with parmesan cheese and continue cooking. When it’s all mixed together and forms a paste (will take about a couple of minutes only), pull it off the stove and you’re done.

6.  Add your shredded chicken to the alfredo sauce you just made.

7. Layer the chicken alfredo mixture on the bread (which has the butter has the first layer, from step 4).

8. Load the bread with lots of mozzarella. Feel free to use as much or less as you want.
9. Top with a sprinkling of parsley flakes.
10. Lay the bread out on a baking dish lined with aluminium foil.

11. Toss the baking dish into the oven and let it cook for about 10-12 minutes. Watch the cheese, when it’s melting and brown enough you can pull it out (even if that takes longer or less than 10-12 minutes).

12. Pull it out, let it cool, stuff your face, fall in love.

That’s all. I’m totally doing these for a friends’ iftar at home. Tell me if you make them.

I made this list of easy Ramzan foods last year so you can check that too. Also, perhaps you’d  be interested in looking at these virgin mojitos and ginger iced tea?


Until next time.

15 Comments

  1. I don't love cheese. But this chicken Alfredo ones makes me wana have it right now.. Might end up trying and eating tooo..
    Pictures are so goooood and yum. If only eating through the pics was possible.. The pic would've gone missing ?

    Love everythin you doo.. Truly an inspiration shehzeen (:

  2. Looks delish. One question though, don't we need to cook the buttered bread alfredo n chicken covered with foil first and then add the mozzarella n cook again until melted and brown like we did the first time? Or no?

    1. Author

      Heyy. Nope it turned out great just this way 🙂 Although I don't know the logic behind it, I just followed what my friend suggested 😀

  3. this actually made my mouth salivate like Niagara falls -_-

  4. Love love LOVE your food posts. So easy and still delicious. Don't think I can wait till ramzan to try these out. Esp the alfredo one <3

    – Maheen A

    1. Author

      Hehe thank you :* I try to post the easy stuff only but it's also cos I don't really know how to cook so this all I can manage haha. Let me know how yours goes.

  5. Totes doing the Alfredo bread and your chicken cheese balls from last year 😀

  6. I almost skipped this post because baking, so not my thing but then decided to click it anyway because hey it's you! queen of easy peasy lemon squeezy. I'm so glad I did. Will totally be doing the first one cause it's simpler. LoL.

    – Mahnoor

  7. How could i miss this? will be trying soon inshaaAllah! 😀

  8. Dear Shehzeen,
    I came across your blog a few days​ back. Read a post, laughed, read another, laughed some more, and another… and another​… and had a thoroughly entertaining time.
    Now today I wanted your recipe for alfredo bread, and strangely enough, could not find you no matter in what way I cajoled, and later implored Google. Your name is kinda unusual, and so I was trying different misspelt versions. I love well-employed words, and often, a blog’s title helps add to its overall first impression, yet strangely, I had not noticed yours. I even checked the FB of the friend through whose post I’d first discovered you… No luck, and so, I was ready to bang my head on the wall. Guess how I eventually found you again. The searchword golden combo turned out to be ‘shehzeen, Dubai, bwoys’. That last bit I’d written as a frustrated, last effort. That it worked made me laugh hard, though not as much as reading you write it had.

    Do I sound stalkerish? Hope not… I mean, I loved reading you n all, but right now, it was my need for some alfredo bread that got me so desperate:p Keep rocking, you hottie, you!

    1. Author

      Haha Salma, HI! Your comment has to make it to my list of favorite comments ever. Those search words are definitely a first, haha. I’m so happy you were able to re-find me or I would not have been able to ‘meet’ you. Hope the bread turns out well, lots of love 🙂

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