Elevate your hosting game with this indulgent Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread! Imagine a golden-brown loaf, warm and crispy. As you pull it apart, you'll get chunks of garlic-infused butter, stretchy melted mozzarella cheese and fresh herbs in each bite.
It's the ultimate comfort appetizer, whether you're making for friends, a casual party or for the kiddos!
If you love garlic bread, you'll LOVE this party appetizer!
It's smothered with cheese, butter and garlic just like my Popular Cheesy Stuffed Biscuits.
Some people call this "Crack Bread" for obvious reasons. You literally can't stop eating it once you experience that first cheese pull. Trust me.
Kids and adults always go crazy for this garlicky cheesy pull apart bread. I feel like it should be called CRAZY bread because people go crazy for it!
What How I Make This Pull Apart Cheesy Bread!
What's The Best Bread To Pull Apart?
I highly suggest using a fresh round loaf or "boule" bread as it's called. For this recipe, I used an oval cheesy sourdough loaf because it's all I could find. It turned out perfect for this recipe. Any round or oval loaf will work! I love this type of bread for my bread dipping oil too!
Also make sure to choose a load of bread that has a crusty exterior and lots of air pockets inside! Soft loaves will not work well. I prefer less dense loaves.
The Best Cheese To Use
To get a seriously stretchy cheese-pull, I highly suggest using any cheese that melts well.
These cheeses include:
- monterey jack
Cutting Your Bread Properly
The idea is to cut 90% through the bread. You do not want to slice all the way through because it will fall apart. To keep it in tact, slice almost all the way through just enough for the bread to open enough to stuff.
Then slice your bread lengthwise in 1" slices. Rotate the bread 90 degrees and slice again in 1" slices. The result should be 1" cubes.
Stuffing Your Bread
It's best to first brush the entire loaf of bread with the garlic herb butter. Then take the shredded cheese and fill the cracks of bread making sure to get in between each cube of bread. It's okay if the cheese is outside of the bread.
Baking Your Bread
Cover the stuffed bread with tin foil so the entire thing gets nice and warm. If you leave it uncovered, the top will brown too quickly before all the cheese melts.
After about 20 minutes, remove the foil and bake another 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees F to brown the top.
How To Serve Pull Apart Bread
I suggest cutting and stuffing the bread ahead of time. Then, when guests arrive, pop it in the oven so it's nice and hot.
Another suggestion is to bake the bread halfway. Then, when your guests are ready, remove the foil and finish it off. This will take only 10-15 minutes.
Serve on a trivet straight out of the oven or transfer to a large plate.
If you've tried this cheesy pull apart bread, please comment and rate it below! They go a long way and are much appeciated!
Other Cheesy Appetizers You Need To Try!
Cheesy Pull Apart Bread Garlic Bread (Sour Dough)
- 1 loaf of bread, round or oval (*see notes below)
- ½ stick unsalted butter, melted ((4 tablespoons))
- 1 large or two medium garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoon fresh basil and parsley, minced
- 1½-2 cups shredded cheeses such as mozzarella and cheddar (*see notes below)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375℉.
- Add your minced garlic, herbs and salt to the melted butter and mix.
- Using a serrated knife, cut the bread into 1" slices lengthwise making sure not to cut ALL the way through. You want to aim for 75% of the way down.
- Rotate the loaf 45° and slice again. You want these slices to be perpendicular to the last so you have squares of bread to pull.
- Next, using a brush, brush the butter mixture all over the loaf of bread making sure to get inside the crevices.
- Stuff your shredded cheeses into the crevices using your fingers. Make sure to get on the sides too! (It's okay to leave some on top.) See photos above for help.
- Bake covered with tinfoil for 20 minutes. Try to tent the foil so it does not touch the cheese.
- Remove the foil and bake another 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- Enjoy right away!
- monterey jack