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Cheesy Garlic Bread (Pull-Apart Bread)

Are you a garlic lover? If your answer is yes, then you are in the right place!

This cheesy garlic bread is to-die-for! It will have your family begging for seconds and it is unlikely you’ll have leftovers. Whether you serve this as a side with dinner or bring it to a party as an appetizer or pot luck contribution, this recipe is an absolute hit!

cheesy garlic bread

What is the best bread to make garlic bread?

You really can’t go wrong with any kind of bread to make this recipe, but we certainly have our favorite types!

A white Italian loaf is always a great choice. It has a great crumb on the inside with a soft crust. This type of bread lends itself to this recipe because it can withstand baking in the oven without getting too hard.

A sourdough loaf also works very well. The light tartness of the bread is a natural base for the garlic, butter, herbs and cheese. If fresh, sourdough is the perfect texture to toast a delicious loaf of cheesy garlic bread!

On the other hand, there are a couple of bread loaves we avoid for this recipe.

While we typically love a french baguette, the texture and size doesn’t work the best for our cheesy garlic bread. We love a baguette for its characteristically crunchy crust. But baking it in the oven long enough for the garlic butter to infuse and the cheese to melt would take that crunch to the next level (read: just slightly too hard).

And although we use challah for many of our french toast recipes, it doesn’t quite work for this recipe. Challah is soft and sweet. And while it will stand up to the heat of the oven, challah’s flavor profile is not complimentary to the garlic butter and shredded cheese mixture.

What is compound butter?

If you have taken a peek at the recipe below, you will see that we are stuffing the bread with a compound butter. Don’t panic, this butter mixture sounds fancy but is super easy to make!

Compound butter is essentially just a stick of butter that has herbs and spices folded into it.

Making compound butter is extremely straightforward. You will soften your butter by leaving it out at room temperature for a couple of hours. Scoop the butter into a bowl and pour in the fresh herbs and dried spices of your choosing. Using a silicone spatula or a whisk, mix the butter together until the toppings are evenly distributed.

The great thing about compound butter is that you can either use it right away, like we are doing for our cheesy garlic bread recipe. Alternatively, you can roll the softened butter mixture in parchment paper and pop it in the fridge to use later.

Compound butters are not limited to just herbs and spices. You can also use garlic, shallots, or lemon zest in compound butter! It can be as herby, or tangy as you’d like. And when stored in the fridge, compound butter should last up to 3 months!

cheesy garlic bread

What to pair with our cheesy garlic bread

Garlic bread is amazing on it’s own, but we have a handful of recipes that would pair well with this indulgent side dish.

  • Our spicy spaghetti arrabbiata and this cheesy garlic bread are a match made in heaven.
  • If you’re looking for some more balance, our slow cooker butternut squash soup is the perfect pair for this garlic bread. This soup is warm and comforting, but also plant based and super good for you!
  • Marry me chicken is another great dish that can be enhanced by this decadent garlic bread. It has a creamy sauce and loads of yummy Italian flavors.

How to make cheesy garlic bread

  1. First, roast the garlic. Drizzle olive oil over two heads of garlic. Sprinkle on salt and pepper. Wrap them up in foil and roast in the oven until soft and fragrant.
  2. Make compound butter:
    • In a bowl, combine softened butter, salt, pepper, parsley, and parmesan. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of its peel. Mix everything together until the toppings are evenly distributed throughout the butter.
  3. Make 1/2 inch wide cuts in your bread. Make sure to cut about 90% of the way down, leaving the bottom of the bread connected.
  4. Spread compound butter in between the slices, and across the top of the crust.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the bread and cover with aluminum foil.
  6. Set your oven to 400 degrees and bake the loaf for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve warm. You can cut through the bottom of the bread with a knife or pull off a slice with your hands!

cheesy garlic bread

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Alia and Radwa
This cheesy garlic bread is to-die-for! It will have your family begging for seconds and it is unlikely you'll have leftovers. Whether you serve this as a side with dinner or bring it to a party as an appetizer or pot luck contribution, this recipe is an absolute hit!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 people
Calories
Ingredients
  
  • 1 loaf Italian bread
  • 2 heads garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 tbsp unsalted room temperature butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Instructions
 
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel the outer layers of the whole head of garlic. Making sure to leave the garlic cloves intact.
  • Use a sharp knife and cut the top 1/4 of the head of garlic. You want to be able to expose the garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Once the garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze in a large mixing bowl. Add room temperature butter, parsley, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix until smooth.
  • Make 1/2 inch wide cuts in your bread. Make sure to cut about 90% of the way down, leaving the bottom of the bread connected. Spread compound butter in between the slices, and across the top of the crust. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the bread and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Set your oven to 400 degrees F and bake the loaf for 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and serve warm. You can cut through the bottom of the bread with a knife or pull off a slice with your hands!

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