504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Let's Eat! Parmesan Pull Apart Loaf
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Let's Eat! Parmesan Pull Apart Loaf

About 1001 years ago when I did not cook, I had dinner at a family friends house and she made this bread. I LOVED it! I asked for the recipe (even though did not cook), and when she gave it to me I almost fainted...it took up the front and back of a recipe card...how was I supposed to make that? (I just used the sarcasm font, in case you are wondering.)

Soon, I actually tried it...it was a hit. Every time I make it I am asked for the recipe...and guess what it doesn't seem hard anymore.

Um, yes, my photo is L-A-M-E...but trust me, the bread is NOT!

My father in law was in town for the weekend and we had more family over and I decided to make this...and then realized...Wholly Cow...this is something I have not blogged about...so here ya go...

(Oh yeah...this is not on the Cinch plan!)

Oh, one more thing...this bread has an official title...so I will give you the real recipe and then share my variation.

Prosciutto Parmesan Pull Apart Loaf
(Prosciutto optional)

  • 2 oz. Prosciutto (edited 1/19....never blog too late at night...you forget things)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup (or more depending on your taste) chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Loaf of French or Italian Bread (I use the inexpensive bread the grocery store bakes daily...usually right by the check out lanes)

*More often than not I make this bread without Prosciutto...and sometimes without the Parmesan...I just use the Basil)
*You may use dried basil, but start with about 1 1/2 Tablespoons and adjust to you liking.

1.  Preheat oven to 375.
2.  Combine butter, chopped basil, prosciutto, and Parmesan in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
3.  With a bread knife (or serrated knife), cut the bread - BUT NOT ALL THE WAY THROUGH - on the diagonal. Try for 12 slices.
4.  Spread half the mixture into the 12+/- slices.
5.  Turn/Twist the loaf around and make another set of diagonal cuts - again NOT ALL THE WAY THROUGH - criss-crossing the first cuts.
6.  Spread the remaining mixture in these slices
7.  Place loaf on a sheet of aluminum foil and wrap the foil halfway up the sides of the bread.
8.  Bake for about 20-25 minutes. You will be able to see the crust turn golden and the melted butter.
9.  Remove from oven, place on a pretty platter and serve...guests just reach in and PULL IT APART!

This is a crowd-pleaser! Thanks to the ladies at preschool for helping me eat this loaf!



  1. I think it looks delish. Can't wait to try it. I have company coming Friday and think I will give it a whirl.


  2. This looks really delicious!! I'm positive my family would love it, and it jazzes up plain old bread if you have guests coming.

  3. Wow, that sounds delish. I will have to try it.

  4. Oh that looks so good!! I LOVE bread!! Thanks for the recipe my dear!!
    Hope you are doing well!!

  5. YUM! We LOVE bread around here...and with basil and cheese? Sounds delish!!

  6. OMG, this sounds SO good. I wish I could have some for breakfast today!

  7. Well, you can bet I'll be making this. It looks amazing...

  8. Oh, Holly, this looks AMAZING! And just what this preggo girl needs. I love bread, and I love cheese. Definitely bookmarking this recipe!

  9. What a great way to take some ordinary bread and make it yummy and fantastic looking. Joni

  10. Mouth. Watering. NOW! This looks delish. My family will love this so I better make it soon huh?!

  11. I love homemade bread.
    Boy does that look delish!!

  12. This sounds yummy! And pretty easy. Oh and thank you for letting me know which is the "sarcastic Font". I have been looking for it!!

  13. YUM!!! This looks amazing Holly!! I can't wait to give it a try.
    I can think of some really yummy variations too - my kids would love spinach and artichoke added in - or bacon and cheddar - ok. we'll have to have that this week!

  14. Who says man (or woman) cannot live by bread alone? (Not me!)

  15. I love bread! I cannot wait to try this!

  16. Love it! Thanks for the recipe!! My husband LOVES breads and I mean LOVES anything to do with bread!

  17. Looks great! One question, though - if I were to use prosciutto, how much would I need?

  18. It looks very similar to something my ex made which was delicious!

  19. Wow, what a fantastic looking bread! Nice job!

  20. Having had this wonderful creation of yours before, I am now going to get a napkin to dab the drool from my keyboard, Holly!

    Thank you so much for sharing it at Rook No. 17 for "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday!

    So, uh, when are you making another one?

  21. Oh, its almost suppertime and i'm hungry and this look SOOO good! thank god it doesn't involve baking from scratch..

  22. I'm eating lasagna right now and I think the two would go well together. I'm a big fan of cheesy breads so I'm definitely going to bookmark this one.

  23. My tastebuds are dying here... :P

  24. Ugh...this was so not the post I needed to see in my reader. I have a weakness for bread. I'd eat the whole thing if it was in my house.

    Is there some type of support group for bread-a-holics?

    Looks yummy!

  25. What are you doing to me? Yummy! :D

  26. Ahhhh! What an awesome appetizer dish! Can't wait to try it!!!

  27. Great tips... Have to try a lot of them! Thank you so much ;)

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  29. Anonymous7:50 AM

    yummy yummy..cOme into my tummy..:p

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