Our cheese and garlic crack bread is bursting with amazing flavors. This pull-apart cheesy bread is coated in a garlic herb compound butter. Stuffed with a mixture of parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Then baked to bubbly perfection.
Every time I make this bread it's a hit. Not only is this crack bread recipe simple to make but it's loaded with flavor. Pull apart pieces of this cheesy-garlic goodness as an appetizer or a side with your favorite Italian dinner.
How To Make The Best Cheesy Crack Bread
In order to make the best crack bread recipe, we need to start with the key ingredient, the bread. My favorite to use is sourdough, but you could use any dense type of bread like a French Loaf. I cheat a bit and buy a sourdough loaf from the bakery at the grocery store.
Sourdough has an airy inside while the outside brings a thick chewy crust. The soft inside of sourdough really soaks up the garlic herb butter well.
When cutting the bread loaf you will want to make sure that you don't cut all the way to the bottom of the loaf. This way the loaf will stay together.
Cutting 1-inch squares makes for great pull apart pieces to enjoy. A bread knife will be the best type of knife to use to cut into this bread.
Moving on to the butter, there are few things to consider.
Whether or not you want to use fresh herbs, dried herbs, or no herbs at all. Whether you want to use fresh garlic or garlic powder.
I use our compound butter mixture whenever I make this recipe which is made with fresh herbs and garlic. I feel it brings so much more flavor to the crack bread.
Next would be to decide if you want to melt the butter or use it as a spread. I prefer to use the compound butter as a spread. As the bread heats up the butter will start to melt into all the cracks of the bread.
What Is The Best Cheese To Use
I totally love cheese so the more the better is my option. For this recipe, I decided to use fresh Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese. I mixed these two together in a mixing bowl with some Italian seasoning for more flavor.
I used mozzarella because it was what was in our refrigerator plus I like the taste of it. The parmesan doesn't melt as well as the mozzarella but it adds a nice flavor.
You could change out the mozzarella cheese for Italian cheese, swiss, or for a bit of spice use Monterey Jack. All these types of cheeses will make this bread taste wonderful.
Frequently Asked Questions
The bread will need to bake for 15-20 minutes in a preheated 400℉ oven. Or until the middle of the bread is warm and all the cheese is melted.
When baking this cheese and garlic crack bread I like to cover it with foil for 10 minutes of the bake time. This will help to hold the heat in the bread and to melt the cheese.
You can leave the foil on the whole bake time. I like to remove it for the last 10 minutes so the cheese doesn't stick to the foil.
Reheating the pull-apart bread can be done in either the microwave or the oven. If using the microwave just heat it up to the desired warmth. If reheating in the oven wrap the bread in foil. Place into a preheated 350℉ oven for 10-15 minutes.
I normally will store my leftovers wrapped tightly in foil out on the countertop. If stored in the refrigerator the bread will dry out and become stale.
If properly stored these leftovers can last 2-3 days out on the countertop.
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Cheese And Garlic Crack Bread (pull-apart)
Crispy sourdough bread that is coated with garlic-herb compound butter then stuffed with cheese. This crack bread is filled with flavor.
- 17 Ounce Sourdough Loaf
- 8 Tablespoons Herb Butter With Garlic link in notes
- 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
- ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
- 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Preheat oven to 400℉
For the cheese
In a mixing bowl combine the mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and the Italian seasoning. Set bowl aside.
For the bread
Slice the bread vertically and horizontally to form 1-inch cubes. Making sure not to cut all the way through to the bottom of the bread.
Place bread on a sheet pan that is lined with foil or a silicone liner.
Using a bread knife or offset spatula spread the herb butter with garlic in between the sliced cubes of bread. Try to cover each side of the cubes with the butter spread.
Stuff the cheese into the cracks of the bread and sprinkle a bit on top.
Cover with foil place into the preheated 400℉ oven for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the center is warm and cheese is bubbly.
Herb butter with garlic recipe is what we used. You could mix room temperature butter with garlic powder.