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Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread. Garlic butter and cheese tucked inside sliced sourdough bread then melted to perfection. What could be better?

Cheesy garlic Pull Apart Bread is a simple appetizer our entire family loves. It only takes a few minutes to prepare and about 30 minutes to bake. We love quick appetizer recipes like this. Some of our other favorites are this olive tapenade, easy bruschetta recipe, air fryer pasta chips, and crockpot BBQ meatballs.

Piece of garlic pull apart bread being pulled from a loaf.

How to Make Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter, garlic, parsley, and salt. Then, set aside.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut the loaf of bread in rows about 1-inch apart on a diagonal. Don’t cut all through the bread. Leave it attached at the bottom.
  3. Once the bread is sliced all the way across, turn it halfway and cut it again the same way again. There should be diamond shapes on the top after the bread is completely sliced in both directions.
  4. Use a pastry brush to apply the butter mixture to the inside of the bread. Then, gently stuff bits of cheese into the bread.
  5. Wrap the bread tightly in foil, and bake on 350°F for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the foil, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Pull apart pieces of the warm bread and enjoy!
Collage showing how to make garlic pull-apart bread.

Garlic Pull Apart Bread Tips and Variations:

  • I love to use a sourdough boule for this cheesy garlic pull apart bread recipe, but any round or oblong loaf of bread will work. It just needs to be fairly sturdy to hold up to slicing and the addition of butter and cheese.
  • Cheddar cheese is a favorite for this recipe, but mozzarella is another great option. It’s super stretchy and melts well. Monterey Jack, pepper jack, and Parmesan would also taste wonderful in this bread. Parmesan won’t melt as well as the others, but it will still taste amazing. A blend of any of these cheeses would also work.
  • I chose finely minced raw garlic, but jarred garlic would also work. It’s going to give the bread a slightly different flavor due the garlic being in a vinegar-like solution. Some people prefer the jarred variety over raw, so use whatever you like better.
  • If you really want to get fancy, add some pepperoni, ham, olives, onions, or any other “toppings” that can easily be stuffed into the bread and baked without making it soggy.
Close up view of a loaf of cheesy bread.

Storage Recommendations:

Refrigerator: Store cheesy garlic pull apart bread in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the bread in the oven on 250°F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Freezer: There are a couple of different ways to freeze this garlic pull apart bread.

  1. The first way is to omit the garlic butter and stuff the bread with cheese. Wrap the bread in plastic wrap and then in a layer of aluminum foil. The bread should stay good for about 2 months. Unthaw at room temperature, then use a pastry brush to apply the garlic butter. Bake as directed.
  2. The second way is to cut the baked bread into smaller, bite-sized pieces, and place in a Ziploc bag. The bread will freeze well for about 2 months. To reheat, place the frozen, cubed bread on a baking sheet lined with foil and toast in a toaster oven or conventional oven for 4 to 5 minutes, just until warm and crispy. You can even broil it briefly, just watch it closely so it doesn’t burn.
Cheesy bread being pulled from the loaf.

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 Loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 sourdough loaf (boule or short oblong works best)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic, parsley, and salt. Set aside.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the bread diagonally in rows about an inch apart. Don’t cut all the way through. Only go about ⅔ of the way through the loaf. Turn the loaf halfway, and repeat to form a crisscross (diamond) pattern. The bottom of the loaf should remain intact.
  • Using your fingers, gently loosen the bread pieces without breaking them apart from the bottom. Use a pastry brush to apply the butter mixture to the inside of the bread. Next take tiny bits of shredded cheese and stuff inside the openings.
  • Wrap the bread tightly in foil, place on a baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, unwrap the bread, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes to crisp the outside.
  • Serve hot, and store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of about ½ cup of cheesy bread. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 470mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g
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