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Garlic Bread Roll Ups

April 6, 2022 by Chris Collins

These Garlic Bread Roll Ups make THE perfect finger food!

If you love Garlic Bread then there’s no way you won’t love these. Sure, they’re a little more labour intensive than regular garlic bread, but they’re so fun to make and even more fun to eat! Follow me…

hand dunking in garlic bread roll ups into small white bowl of tomato soup

Garlic Butter

The garlic butter only requires 3 simple ingredients:

  • Garlic – Fresh garlic works best. You could use garlic powder, but the flavour isn’t quite the same.
  • Butter – Regular salted butter, blitzed in the microwave until melted.
  • Parsley – Again, fresh works best here. Make sure it’s very finely diced.

Dicing the garlic

You essentially want to dice and mash the garlic until it’s like a lumpy paste. Reason being is if you have large pieces of diced garlic, not only are they more likely to burn, but the flavour isn’t as well distributed throughout the butter.

Process shots: finely dice garlic (photo 1), use the blade of your knife to mash it (photo 2), pluck parsley (photo 3), finely dice (photo 4), add garlic and parsley to melted butter (photo 5), stir to combine (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make garlic butter

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

Once you’ve got the garlic butter out the way, you’re essentially just making grilled cheese roll ups. If you’ve never made grilled cheese roll ups before, it couldn’t be easier.

What Bread to use?

You’ll want to use soft white sandwich bread. Don’t use firm bread (like Sourdough) or they won’t roll properly. Try and make sure the bread is as fresh as possible, just so it doesn’t crack as you roll it. I also recommend staying clear of seeded bread too, otherwise you run the risk of it cracking.

What Cheese to use?

Classic option for garlic bread is mozzarella, and that’s what I’ve used here. But cheddar does also work nicely too.

Process shots: remove crusts and roll flat (photo 1), add cheese (photo 2), roll up (photo 3), brush with garlic butter (photo 4), add seam-side-down to non-stick pan (photo 5), gently fry until golden (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make garlic bread roll ups

Garlic Bread Roll Ups FAQ

Can I use sliced cheese instead of grated?

You could use a slice of cheese, just make sure it’s thin and pliable, otherwise they’ll be difficult to roll up.

Is there anything else I could add to these?

I have tried these with a thin layer of Pesto underneath the cheese, which works really nicely! And of course bacon, like my Bacon Grilled Cheese Roll Ups.

What can I do with the leftover crusts?

Blitz them up and use them as breadcrumbs! Great in Homemade Sausages and Meatballs.

How do you ensure they don’t unravel?

Make sure you add them seam-side-down when you fry them. As the cheese starts to melt it’ll glue the seam shut. Also, make sure your pan is non-stick!

overhead shot of garlic bread roll ups on wooden chopping board with hand taking one

Serving Garlic Bread Roll Ups

These are awesome as Finger Food with Tomato Soup and Marinara Dip, or to use wherever you’d usually serve garlic bread (like Spaghetti Bolognese and Lasagne).

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these garlic bread roll ups shall we?!

hand dunking garlic bread roll up into small glass jar of marinara sauce

How to make Garlic Bread Roll Ups (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of garlic bread roll ups on wooden chopping board with hand taking one

Garlic Bread Roll Ups

These Garlic Bread Roll Ups make THE perfect finger food!
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Servings (click & slide): 8 roll ups
Course: Finger Food
Cuisine: American / Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories per serving: 162kcal
Cost per serving: 50p / 50c

Equipment:

  • Non-Stick Pan & Tongs
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Small Pot & Brush (for garlic butter)
  • Bread Knife
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients (check list):

  • 8 slices of Thick Soft White Bread (see notes)
  • 1.5 cups / 150g Mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 large clove of Garlic
  • 2 tsp finely diced Fresh Parsley

Instructions:

  • Peel and finely dice the garlic, then use the blade of your knife to mash/spread it into a paste.
  • Add 2 tbsp butter to a small pot and microwave in very short bursts until melted. Combine with garlic & parsley and place to one side.
  • Slice the crusts off each slice of bread then roll them flat with a rolling pin. Evenly sprinkle over mozzarella, then one by one tightly but carefully roll them up. Leave them seam-side-down so they don't unravel.
  • Liberally brush each roll up with the garlic butter (give it a short blast in the microwave if it has firmed up).
  • Add roll ups to a dry non-stick pan seam-side-down over low-medium heat. Fry until golden all over with the cheese starting to leak out, using your tongs to frequently turn them. You may need to do this in two batches depending on the size of your pan.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Bread - Important to use soft white sandwich bread. Don't use firm bread (like Sourdough) or they won't roll properly. Try and make sure the bread is as fresh as possible, just so it doesn't crack as you roll it. I also recommend staying clear of seeded bread too, otherwise you run the risk of it cracking.
b) Cheese - I use mozzarella because that's the classic option for cheesy garlic bread, but cheddar works just as well. You can use cheese slices, but only if they're thin and pliable, otherwise they're difficult to roll.
c) Garlic - Important to finely dice and mash the garlic. If you just dice it up, you not only run the risk of it burning in the pan, but the flavour's not as well dispersed through the butter.
d) Serving - Great with Tomato Soup and Marinara Dip, or to use wherever you'd usually serve garlic bread (like Spaghetti Bolognese and Lasagne).
e) Calories - Per roll up.

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Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Bread Roll Ups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.63g12%
Saturated Fat 4.174g21%
Trans Fat 0.008g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.715g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.118g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 295mg12%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 15.55g5%
Fiber 0.8g3%
Sugar 1.93g2%
Protein 7.48g15%
Vitamin A 228IU5%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 153mg15%
Iron 1.25mg7%
* 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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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Kirsty
    April 7, 2024 at 12:14 pm

    5 stars
    Had these with tomato soup and were great

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      April 7, 2024 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks so much for the review, Kirsty 🙂 C.

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    Robyn
    April 20, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Could these possibly be made in the oven?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      April 21, 2023 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Robyn! I have tried these in the oven but I find the cheese leaks out a fair bit before the outside crisps up. You could certainly give it a go though if you’d prefer! C.

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