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Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread

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Cheesy garlic pull apart bread is like the best garlic bread you’ve ever had. You can pull cheesy chunks of bread out of a sourdough loaf and dip them in marinara for a fun snack, appetizer or side dish to your favorite pasta meal.

Loaf of cheesy garlic pull apart bread on plate with bowl of marinara sauce for dipping.

Pull out a piece of cheesy garlic bread and get the best of the crusty exterior and soft interior in every bite. This pull apart bread may just become your new favorite.

If you like cheesy garlic bread, you have just met your new best friend. This pull apart bread is that only better and even more fun.

Ingredients: loaf of sourdough bread, garlic salt, butter and shredded mozzarella cheese ready to be made into party bread.

It is so much fun to share this loaf. Everyone gets to pull out pieces and dip them to their heart’s content.

What You’ll Need

Bread – A nice crust loaf works best. We used a loaf of sourdough bread from Wildgrain, but Italian or any artisanal loaf or boule will do.

Cheese – We like using shredded mozzarella. But feel free to add a little parmesan or experiment with different flavors. Monterey Jack would be good and even cheddar would be fun. Pre-shredded works great but for the smoothest finish, shred your own. The bags of cheese are coated in starch to keep it from clumping, but that also keeps it from melting quite the same.

Butter – We use salted butter because I always have a large stash. You can certainly use unsalted if you prefer.

Garlic Salt – Garlic salt gives this bread big garlic flavor and makes this bread extra savory and delicious.

We like to keep it simple with just these ingredients. You are welcome to add more seasonings like oregano, paprika, black pepper etc.

Pulling a piece of cheesy garlic bread out of a loaf of sourdough bread.

You could also finish the bread with some fresh chopped herbs if you want a color splash. A little parsley, chives or basil would add a fresh flavor boost.

Can I make this garlic bread ahead of time?

You can do the prep work ahead of time, but I would recommend waiting until you are ready to eat it to bake it. It is best warm with gooey cheese.

Can is the best way to reheat leftovers?

As with most bread, the best way to reheat this garlic bread is in a low oven. Microwaving bread changes the texture and makes it not as good.

Dipping piece of cheesy garlic bread into a bowl of marinara sauce.

What to Serve With This Garlic Party Bread

When eating saucy pasta dishes like spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna, garlic bread is the perfect way to sop up the extra sauce. Making it as a pull apart loaf makes it all that much more fun.

This loaf would also be perfect served with a bowl of soup. Of course lasagna soup would be wonderful, but really any soup would work.

Loaf of golden brown cheesy garlic party bread fresh from the oven.

Or just serve it as an appetizer on its own. It would make a great starter course or enjoy it as part of a snack buffet.

If you like sourdough bread, check out the Wildgrain subscription service. Or for more information check out my Wildgrain review.

Yield: 8 Servings

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread

Loaf of cheesy garlic pull apart bread on plate with bowl of marinara sauce for dipping.

Cheesy garlic pull apart bread is like the best garlic bread you've ever had. You can pull cheesy chunks of bread out of a sourdough loaf and dip them in marinara for a fun snack, appetizer or side dish to your favorite pasta meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough bread
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt butter and stir in garlic salt.
  3. Cut bread into 1" diamonds. Cut most of the way through the loaf but stop before you cut through the bottom.
  4. Place on a large sheet of foil on a baking pan.
  5. Stuff the shredded cheese into the cuts between the pieces of bread.
  6. Drizzle with melted garlic butter, focusing the the spaces between the pieces of bread.
  7. Wrap the bread in the aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Unwrap the foil and place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted to your liking.
  9. Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping.

Notes

This recipe works great with sourdough, Italian or other crusty loaves of bread.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 716mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Cheesy garlic pull apart bread is like the best garlic bread you've ever had. You can pull cheesy chunks of bread out of a sourdough loaf and dip them in marinara for a fun snack, appetizer or side dish to your favorite pasta meal.

Thanks for sharing!

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Andrea Nine

Monday 2nd of January 2023

I love that it’s only 4 ingredients. Looks delightful and delicious.

Carlee

Monday 2nd of January 2023

It was a big hit here!

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