Vegan South Florida Beach Bread is sure to be a smash at your next cookout or beach party!
South Florida Beach Bread is a appetizer on the menus of beach side restaurants all over southeast Florida. Fort Myers Beach, Estero Island, and Miami are just a few of the places you can find beach bread. No one is sure of its origin, but many restaurants claim the first beach bread, having had it on their menus for a couple of decades.
A lot of variations are available, with ingredients ranging from garlic butter to crab and artichoke spread. Beach bread is also made with a variety of cheeses, green onions, chives, or green olives. Even bacon and jalapenos make their way onto some.
I’ve chosen a basic, traditional beach bread recipe for my first time making it, but I can’t wait to try different toppings every time! Sourdough bread is preferred by some for this recipe, but I am using a small loaf of French bread.
Serve beach bread along with Cuban Black Beans or Slow Cooker Italian Tomato Pasta Soup.
Vegan South Florida Beach Bread
Beach Bread is a beloved appetizer at the ocean side restaurants along South Florida beaches. The basic recipe is a garlic bread with tomatoes, chives or onions, and two cheeses. For this version of the recipe, I used a 14-inch loaf of French bread, cut in half and sliced into four pieces. You can adapt the recipe to work with larger loaves of bread. Use your favorite vegan butter and cheeses - you can use just one type of cheese or two.
Heat oven to 400 F. Line a backing sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Spread vegan butter on the cut sides of the French bread. Sprinkle lightly with onion powder and divide the minced garlic among the slices, sprinkling evenly on the tops. Spread a layer of one of your cheeses on the bread tops, then top with chopped tomatoes, chopped green onions or chives, and the second layer of cheese.
Bake 10 minutes, then increase heat to broil, and continue broiling until cheese is melted or edges of bread begin to brown. Serve as a standalone appetizer, or on the side as you would serve garlic bread.
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