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Spinach-Topped French Bread

Spinach-Topped French BreadHere's a terrific way to get the kids to eat their spinach disguised as "pesto pizza" bread! This tasty and versatile bread is great served as an accompaniment with a meal, as the main dish itself, or as an appetizer served in bite-sized chunks on wooden picks and accompanied with a marinara or Alfredo sauce for dipping.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons finely minced onion
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper to taste
1 (16-ounce) loaf French bread, unsliced
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. Melt butter in small skillet or saucepan; add onion and garlic and sauté until tender. Remove from heat and stir in spinach, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, salt and pepper, mixing well.
  2. Slice the bread in half horizontally and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Divide and spread spinach mixture evenly onto cut sides of both halves of bread; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned and the cheese is melted.

Makes 16 to 18 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe): 192.7 calories; 51% calories from fat; 11.0g total fat; 30.0mg cholesterol; 415.1mg sodium; 90.5mg potassium; 15.8g carbohydrates; 1.2g fiber; 0.4g sugar; 14.6g net carbs; 7.7g protein.

Recipe and photograph by Hope Pryor; copyright © 1999; property of CooksRecipes.com. See Terms of Use.