Tony & I started going to the Fish Market restaurant in Del Mar way back in our college days at SDSU. We’d go to the race track with a group of friends and then head over to “the market” (as we used to call it back then) for a few beers and a lot of oysters and their Cheezy Garlic Bread. Truth be told, I’m not so much a fan of oysters any more, but the Cheezy Garlic Bread is still to die for. We’ve passed on our affection for “the market” to our son Kyle who is a seafood addict. He insists on going just about every time he’s home. Now we usually go to the one downtown, a beautiful setting, right on San Diego’s bayfront. They order seafood. I order the Cheezy Garlic Bread.
Definitely not a low fat item, but oh-so-delicious…sourdough bread topped with a layer of oozy, melty Romano cheese gooeyness. I clipped the recipe from the Union-Tribune many, many years ago and have made it numerous times since. I’ve actually “lightened” it up just a tad by reducing the amount of mayo and Romano cheese…still not low-fat by any stretch, but worth every single calorie!
The Fish Market’s Cheezy Garlic Bread
1 loaf sourdough bread (I’ve used the long loaves and the round ones)
1 stick butter, softened
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup mayonnaise (the original recipe called for a full cup! And, sorry, don’t use low-fat, it will not brown)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 cups Romano cheese, grated medium (the original recipe called for 3 cups!)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare garlic butter by combining softened butter, parsley and garlic. Reserve.
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the Romano sauce by hand. Blend the mix to a smooth, paste-like consistency, but do not break up the cheese.
Cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise (horizontally).
Spread the garlic butter over the loaves on the non-crust side, then spread with the cheese mix.
Bake on a baking sheet until golden brown. Let cool for a bit until slicing and then ENJOY every single melty, oozy, cheezy bite!