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Asiago Pesto Bread

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 13 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 8 portions
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Ingredients

1 cup almonds, preferably marcona

1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 1/4 cups shredded Asiago cheese, divided

1/3 cup olive oil

1 loaf sweet French bread or sourdough

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, add the almonds and pulse until they are finely chopped. Add the basil, black pepper and cinnamon and process until incorporated. Add 1 cup of the cheese, pulse a few times, then with the machine still running, slowly add in the olive oil.
  3. Cut the bread in half, spread it with the pesto and bake on a cookie sheet for 7 to 10 minutes. At this point, remove the bread, sprinkle it with the remaining 1/3 cup of cheese and turn on the broiler. Broil the bread until the cheese has melted and starting to brown. Remove from the oven, cut it into 8 portions and serve immediately.