It is always the smell of an aromatic bread that pulls everyone to the dinner table. So, to complete this year Christmas dinner menu, we have our very favorite cheesy garlic pull apart bread. A cheesy, gooey bread slathered with lots and lots of garlic butter.
Garlic bread comes in so many other ways. Especially in every pizza joint here, there are different versions of garlic bread available. I have already prepared garlic bread replicating the ones that we get in Dominos which I will be posting soon. I have tried both normal one and the stuffed bread too.
Now, this cheesy garlic pull apart bread is gooey and it will have your guests pinch and pull this bread. Something that is worth noting is the amount of cheese that we can add to this bread. Since, it is purely homemade, you have the control on how much cheese to add. So, add more and enjoy the goodness of cheese.
This cheesy garlic pull apart bread is homemade from scratch. We prepare the dough for it and then bake it with all the cheese and garlic butter. But, if you want to decrease your workload, then you might want to use a pre-baked bread for it.
Sourdough works really well for this bread. You can also use Italian rye bread to make this recipe. While making in a pre-made bread, cut the bread so that you form rectangular pieces. Make sure you do not cut fully through the bread because you want it to hold still while keeping the cheese and all.
While making it from scratch is also easy. This does not require much time at all. Once your dough is ready, let it rest for some time for it to proof and then divide into even sized balls and add cheese and some flavorful garlic butter in between the balls while arranging them in the pan or skillet and then bake. No fancy ingredients are required.
Pull apart breads are so satisfying especially when it is loaded with cheese. This cheesy garlic pull apart bread is stuffed (more like loaded ;p) with mozzarella cheese and coated in herb and garlic butter. The appropriate word would be more like dunked. I guess. Because, we coat each dough ball in this flavorful herb butter before placing it in the skillet or pan for it to rise again for the second time.
This is the best appetizer to pair with any meal, especially an Italian meal. If you like to take this cheesy garlic pull apart bread up a notch, then try stuffing in each dough with a cube of mozzarella cheese. They taste even more amazing and cheesy.
Cheese, garlic and butter – these are the magic ingredients that take a dish to another level of crazy. And all the three come very well together. As long as these three are there in a dish, don’t even bother how much you use. Play with the amount however you want to! Feel free and have an indulgent meal.
Enjoy this cheesy garlic pull apart bread with your family. Pair it up with any Italian meal (probably pizza or pasta) to have a complete dinner. Stay safe; stay healthy. Happy cooking and eating!
While you are here, do checkout my other dessert recipes. Also, look through my cakes, bars, ice-cream, brownie , marmalade, and truffles dessert recipes to enjoy during this Christmas season. Prepare this show stealing braided pesto wreath bread for your holiday table. Also, have a look through my other Italian recipes too!
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Cheesy garlic pull apart bread
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup warm water
- ½ cup salted butter, melted
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp Italian seasoning
- ¼ tsp dried parsley
- 10 slices + ½ cup mozzarella cheese
- In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of warm water, sugar, all purpose flour, salt, instant yeast and olive oil.
- Knead to make a soft and smooth dough. Apply some oil and let it rest for 2 hours.
- The dough would have doubled by now. Punch the dough and knead for 5 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 20 equal balls.
- Mix melted butter, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and dried parsley in a bowl.
- Coat each dough ball in the garlic herb butter and place them in a greased pan or skillet. Let it rise for 10-15 minutes.
- Place slices of cheese in between two dough balls. Brush some butter on the top.
- Top with shredded cheese as necessary. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 20-25 minutes or until golden on top.
- Brush with remaining butter and serve as is or with any sauce of your choice.
- If you are using active dry yeast, then mix warm water sugar and yeast in a bowl and let it proof for 25 minutes in a warm surrounding to let it proof.
- If your active dry yeast is not bubbly and frothy after 15 minutes, then your yeast is dead. So, repeat whole process again.
- Knead dough to a very smooth and soft consistency.
- Your dough should be elastic.
- The dough will take time to double depending on the climatic conditions.
- After coating the dough ball with garlic herb butter, let it rest in the skillet for sometime for it to rise again.
- Add as much mozzarella as you want.
- To top off the dough before baking, you can also use parmesan instead of mozzarella.