Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread


I am only a little in love with pull apart bread. A little. That’s funny. I could eat this all the time. It’s really that good.

So I’ve seen pictures running around on Pinterest for Pull Apart Bread. And from the first time I laid eyes on it, I knew it was something I would make.

Have you ever tasted something, immediately closed your eyes in a bit of food ecstasy and remembered a time a long time ago when you had that same flavor? A food memory.

It is strangely reminiscent of something I had when I was much younger. Only better. Much better.

There were way too many recipes running around for me to follow one. So I just looked at all the things other people did and made it my own.

We made this with store bought bread the first time. The second time and every time there after, I made it with homemade Italian bread from a recipe I found a few years ago online. I will be sharing that soon. I will tell you that Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread is fantastic with either bread, but there was definitely something better about the homemade bread. Imagine.

The hardest part of the whole thing is getting the cheese stuffed way down inside. The best part of the bread is changing up the ingredients and making variations of it. (some of those coming very soon!) And making variations is ALL we have been doing. I think I have a pull apart bread problem. haha

Here it is, all ready to go into the oven.

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread
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Oooey, Gooey, Cheesy goodness. Infused with garlic and green onion and plenty of swiss cheese - this is the appetizer or side dish of the God's. Trust me.
Serves: 1 loaf - serves about 4-6 people as appetizer
  • 1 loaf of Italian Bread
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup), melted
  • 2 Tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 4 Tablespoons of diced green onion (divided in half)
  • 2 cups of shredded swiss cheese
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of poppy seeds
  • Extras:
  • ¼ cup of olive oil (if needed for large loafs)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the hot melted butter, garlic and diced green onion, stir and allow to sit for just a minute or two.
  3. Slice the bread in a crisscross pattern - do not cut all the way through - just to about the bottom inch or so of bread. I begin slicing diagonally one way about an inch apart, then rotate the loaf and slice the opposite way diagonally. If the bread flattens, don't worry - it's quite forgiving, it will be fine.
  4. Slowly pour the butter mixture into the crevices of the bread. Go slow so you can cover the whole bread. If you have a very large loaf of bread, you can add some more butter or add olive oil to the mixture to make it go further. (about ¼ cup). It goes pretty far though, so you should be okay with the original recipe.
  5. Stuff the two cups of shredded cheese down into the crevices. It's fine to have some sticking out, but really try to push the majority down inside the crevices. Start at one end and work your way across the loaf.
  6. Sprinkle the poppy seeds across the top of the entire loaf.
  7. Add the rest of the diced green onion.
  8. Wrap the whole loaf in tinfoil and place on a baking pan.
  9. Put in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  10. Remove and unwrap foil. Pop it back into the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted through.
  11. Remove from oven and serve. You just pull the little pieces right out of there.
  12. The bread on the bottom is very full of flavor from the butter which soaks through it.
  13. Don't toss it - save it for your next meal. Simply slice it into regular servings of bread, cover with some shredded cheese - broil for about a minute and serve.
  14. We've also used it to make mini pizza's... AMAZING!



Nom, Nom. I want some right now as I write this post, and there isn’t any. Guess I know what I’m making again today.

Happy Monday friends!

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  1. Pam @ The Meltaways says

    wow Nicole, I was drooling over the picture you tweeted last night, but seeing all of the pictures and reading about that amazing bread has my tummy growling before lunch! I’m going to have to try to find a gluten free bread that will do this recipe justice! Wonderful recipe!

    • says

      Oh goodness it’s one of my favorite additions to dinner. I have to watch how often I make it because I am not good at controlling myself LOL
      I hope you find a good gluten free bread so you can try it too. Thank you! xxx

  2. says

    I’m in love with this pull apart bread! Everything that is good and glorious in this world (butter, cheese and carbs!) in one amazing package. Your photos are gorgeous, Nicole – I’m drooling over each one.

  3. says

    I make something just like this but with sourdough bread (my fave) and monterey jack cheese, it is one of my FAVORITE recipes in my repertoire, and one of my most popular on the site. Your photos are making me drool; what a beautiful loaf! I totally understand your love for pull-apart cheesy bread.

  4. says

    Great post! My mom and I made this a couple months ago for my nephew’s first birthday party, needless to say it disappeared quickly!

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