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Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

February 15, 2020 (Last Updated: February 20, 2020) by Chris Collins

This Cheesy Garlic Bread couldn’t be easier to make! It’s quick, outrageously delicious and perfect finger food for any occasion!

cheesy garlic bread fresh out the oven garnished with parsley

Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread

Honestly, is there anything better? Bread slathered in a homemade garlic butter, topped with cheese and baked until bubbly. UGH. Before we get into the who what when why and hows, let’s quickly see what you’ll need:

Cheesy Garlic Bread Ingredients

  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Mozzarella

Yup, just 5 ingredients!

What type of bread to use 🤔 – I recommend something like a soft French or Italian loaf, stay away from crusty loaves or it’ll come out too firm and crunchy. Aim for something long and flat to get two even loaves of garlic bread.

pulling garlic bread off chopping board with cheese pull
Garlic Butter

The garlic butter literally takes 2mins to make, really couldn’t be easier. You’ll want melted butter, just so it seeps into the bread and softens it slightly. To melt the butter just pop it in the microwave (easiest method) or in a pot over low heat.

Tips for the best garlic butter

  • Fresh Garlic – You’ll also want to grate/mince it so it’s almost like a paste. This will ensure a smoother distribution of garlic and get the most powerful flavour from each clove.
  • Unsalted Butter – This gives you the most control over the salt level. I usually add between 1/4-1/2tsp salt. Just dip your little finger in the butter BEFORE you add the garlic to test for salt.
  • Fresh Parsley – Better flavour and gives you the option to garnish the bread at the end too.

You can also make this in advance, store in the fridge and melt again before using.

How to make garlic butter - 2 step by step photos

Making Cheesy Garlic Bread

Right, you’ve got your bread, you’ve got the garlic butter, let’s talk cheese.

Mozzarella is by far the best cheese for garlic bread for 3 reasons:

  1. Flavour – It’s mellow flavour allows the garlic to shine through.
  2. Fat – It’s less fatty than most cheeses, meaning it doesn’t go too greasy in the oven.
  3. Cheese Pull – Is cheesy garlic bread even cheesy garlic bread without the classic cheese pull?!

How to make Cheesy Garlic Bread (quick summary)

  1. Grab bread, chopping board & bread knife.
  2. Slice loaf in half.
  3. Spread with garlic butter.
  4. Wrap in foil and bake.
  5. Unwrap.
  6. Top with cheese and bake again.

How to make cheesy garlic bread - 6 step by step photos

overhead closeup shot of cheesy garlic bread with load blurred in the background

Can I make Cheesy Garlic Bread ahead of time?

Sure can! Just make up until after spreading the garlic butter, then wrap and store in the fridge. Take out and bake as instructed. Cheesy garlic bread is best made fresh, but you could bake the whole thing, wrap and store in the fridge until ready to serve (just keep wrapped and warm in the oven until cooked through again).

What to serve Cheesy Garlic Bread with?

What NOT to serve cheesy garlic bread with is the real question 🤣 Cheesy garlic bread goes with near enough all Pasta Recipes (Spaghetti Bolognese and Lasagne are honourable mentions), perfect with Meatballs and delicious with Roasted Tomato Soup (pictured below).

If you’re looking for more tasty garlic sides then definitely make sure you check out my Garlic Butter Potato Skins and have a ganders at these too:

Easy Garlic Bread Recipes

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full cheesy garlic bread recipe shall we?!

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How to make Cheesy Garlic Bread (Full Recipe & Video)

cheesy garlic bread fresh out the oven garnished with parsley

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

This Cheesy Garlic Bread couldn't be easier to make! It's quick, outrageously delicious and perfect finger food for any occasion!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 6
Calories: 374kcal
Cost per serving: Β£1 / $1

Equipment:

  • Large Baking Tray
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Bread Knife
  • Foil
  • Small Pot (for melted butter)
  • Brush

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1x 14oz/400g loaf of Bread (see notes)
  • 2-2.5cups / 200-250g Mozzarella, shredded
  • 6 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, grated/minced
  • 1 tbsp Parsley, finely diced (plus extra to serve)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper, or to taste

Instructions:

  • Pre heat oven to 356F/180C
  • Melt butter in the microwave or in a pot over low heat. Combine in a small pot with 3 grated/minced cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp finely diced parsley and 1/4tsp salt & 1/8tsp black pepper (or to taste). Place to one side.
  • Slice your loaf in half, to make 2 equally sized 'open' loaves. Evenly coat each loaf with your garlic butter.
  • Place on a suitably sized tray, cover with foil (make a tent, crimp at the edges but don't rest on top or will stick to garlic butter) and bake for 10-15mins, or until the edges start to brown. Unwrap foil, sprinkle over mozzarella and place back in the oven until golden and bubbly (another 10mins or so). If you slightly over cooked the first time around then grill/broil the second time around, just so it cooks the cheese and not the bread itself.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch more parsley, slice into wedges and serve up!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Bread - Use a flatfish loaf, no longer than around 12” and 14oz/400g in weight. Try and use a soft loaf or it’ll go too crunchy in the oven. French or Italian bread works great.
b) Salt - I usually go for unsalted butter so you can control the salt easier. I find anywhere between 1/4-1/2tsp salt works great, but work to preference. If you're unsure just dip your little finger in the butter after you've salted to test BEFORE adding garlic/brushing the bread.
c) Parsley - I definitely recommend fresh parsley for this one, plus it gives you the option to garnish. If you've only got dried I recommend using 1 tsp and letting it sit in the melted butter for a little while so it softens.
d) Cheese - Mozzarella is a must! Mellow enough to allow the garlic to shine, fairly low fat content so less grease than other cheeses AND the glorious cheese pull.
e) Make Ahead - Perfect to make ahead! Just brush with garlic butter, wrap in foil and place in the fridge. Take out the foil and bake (then cheese and bake again as recipe states). It's best served fresh, but you can bake it and store in the fridge, just keep in foil and bake at same temp until heated through.
f) Calories - based on using 2.25cups cheese and shared between 6.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374 Calories from Fat 174
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.32g30%
Saturated Fat 10.794g54%
Trans Fat 0.018g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.673g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.389g
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 690mg29%
Potassium 136mg4%
Carbohydrates 34.19g11%
Fiber 1.9g8%
Sugar 4.2g5%
Protein 15.75g32%
Vitamin A 576IU12%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 318mg32%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Erica Schwarz
    February 16, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    5 stars
    Dear lord this is so good. Your trick of melting the butter first makes it so much easier to make too.

  • Reply
    Emily
    February 16, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    5 stars
    Cheesy garlic bread has to be one of the best things on the planet, this looks to die for!

  • Reply
    Kushigalu
    February 16, 2020 at 2:59 am

    One of the best finger food. So delicious. I can have this anytime of the day.

  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    February 16, 2020 at 1:46 am

    5 stars
    This easy cheesy garlic bread will be perfect for serving at any gathering and is sure to be a party favorite.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 16, 2020 at 11:10 am

      You’re not wrong there! Thanks, Kelly πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Whitney
    February 15, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    5 stars
    This is delicious and so easy to make. You can never go wrong with garlic bread!

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