Cajun-Style French Bread

Cajun-Style French Bread

1 (14-ounce.) French bread loaf
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning

  1. Cut bread loaf in half lengthwise. Brush melted butter evenly onto cut
    sides of bread halves.

  2. Stir together onion, jalapeño pepper, and next 5
    ingredients, and spread mixture evenly over buttered sides of bread halves.
    Place bread halves, buttered sides up, on a baking sheet, and sprinkle
    evenly with 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning.

  3. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until brown and bubbly. Let stand 5
    minutes; cut crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices, and serve immediately.

Note: To make ahead, wrap prepared unbaked bread halves in aluminum foil,
place in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag, and freeze up to 1 month. To
bake frozen, remove bread halves from freezer bag, and place foil-wrapped
bread on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until thawed. Remove foil, return to baking sheet, buttered sides up, and bake 8 to 10 minutes or until brown and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes, and cut bread halves as directed.

Yield 8 servings