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Cheesy Garlic and Herb Bread

Turn one of those inexpensive loaves of bread at the grocery store bakery into this gooey Cheesy Garlic and Herb Bread. You can make this delectable bread in the oven or on a grill.

baked Cheese Garlic Herb Bread

Easy Cheesy  Garlic Herb Bread Recipe

I can’t think of many meals where a side of bread isn’t the ideal accompaniment. At our house, bread doubles as a scoop for dips and sauces as well as dipping in soups and stews. Italian dishes go hand in glove with a side salad and bread to sop up the sauce. In this instance, you can serve this bread straight from the oven or wrapped in foil ands grilled outside or when camping. How to make simple Garlic Bread:

  • Bread – One 12 inch fluffy loaf of French bread.
  • Butter – Salted butter.
  • Cheese – Grated Parmesan cheese and sliced provolone or mozzarella cheese.
  • Herbs – Fresh Italian parsley, fresh basil and fresh rosemary.
  • Seasoning – Salt
  • Garlic – Fresh garlic cloves.
Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread ingredients

How to Make the Best Cheesy Garlic and Herb Bread Recipe

The combination of herbs I use in this bread is the classic trio of parsley, basil and rosemary. It doesn’t disappoint and I’ve been known to serve this both as a side dish and an appetizer with warm pizza sauce for dipping.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Cheesy Garlic and Herb Bread recipe: one large italian bread loaf, butter, chopped Italian parsley, fresh basil, fresh rosemary, salt, minced garlic, sliced mozzarella or provolone cheese.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: A cutting board and bread knife, mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, a spoon or spreading spatula to spread the garlic butter mixture between the slices and a large sheet pan for baking the bread.
  • The garlic herb butter can be made one day in advance, placed into an airtight container and chilled until assembling the bread.
  • You can use chives in place of parsley or basil, in a pinch.
  • Rosemary has a very robust flavor so, you can adjust the amount to your taste, if desired.
  • This bread can be assembled in advance, wrapped in foil and chilled until you’re ready to bake or grill.
  • Provolone is my go to for this recipe. Mozzarella works well, too.
  • Use one full slice of cheese cut in half for each slice. It’s easier to stuff between the slices when cut in half.
  • Store leftover Cheesy Garlic and Herb Bread wrapped and chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave in single servings.
baked Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread

How to Grill Cheesy Garlic and Herb Bread 

This garlic bread recipe can also be made on the grill. This is what you do:

  • Heat gas grill to medium-low or a charcoal grill until coals are ash white. Push coals to one side of charcoal grill.
  • Prepare the bread per the recipe wrapping in heavy duty aluminum foil. This can be done in advance and chilled until making.
  • Place foil wrapped bread opposite heat on grill. Close lid grilling for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasty.
  • Serve immediately.
sliced Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread on a platter

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Cheesy Garlic and Herb Bread

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy-bread-recipes, cheesy-garlic-bread, Cheesy-Garlic-Herb-Bread
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 233kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 12 inch loaf French bread
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 12 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese cut in half

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Set aside a baking sheet. Prepare a large piece of heavy duty foil, Spritzed lightly with cooking spray.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut 12 diagonal slices through bread without cutting all the way to the bottom. (Yield may be less depending on length of bread)
  • In a small bowl, whip together butter, Parmesan, parsley, basil, rosemary, salt and garlic.
  • Spread each slice with garlic and herb butter reserving 1 Tbsp to spread on top. Place two half pieces of cheese into each cut. Spread remaining garlic and herb butter over top and sides of loaf.
  • Place onto foil and bring edges up to seal. Place onto baking sheet.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasty. Open foil and broil top, if desired. Serve immediately. 

Notes

Grilling Instructions: 
  • Heat gas grill to medium-low or a charcoal grill until coals are ash white. Place coals to one side of charcoal grill.
  • Prepare the bread per the recipe wrapping in heavy duty aluminum foil.
  • Place opposite heat on grill. Close lid; grill 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasty.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 634mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 453IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 1mg
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