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Cheesy Garlic Bread

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!
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: cheese bread, cheesy bread, french bread, garlic bread, garlic cheesy bread, italian bread, roasted garlic bread, roasted garlic recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
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Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • 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


  • 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!