Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

If the prospect of filling your belly with nothing more than carbs and cheese excites you as much as it excites me, then you need to run, not walk, into the kitchen and make this bread. I am the certified queen of the carbs and cheese combo. I survived much of high school on cheese sandwiches. I can quite easily make a meal out of saltines and cheese. Give me a loaf of bread and a hunk of cheese and I’m all set. Needless to say, when I started seeing pictures of cheesy pull-apart bread all over Pinterest, I could hardly contain myself. Imagine cheesy garlic bread on steroids… that you can pull apart with your fingers. Yes, it’s every bit as amazing as you’re imagining it to be.

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

The best part about this little gem? It’s seriously the easiest thing to prepare.

Take one loaf of bread… cut it up into a grid pattern… pour a mixture of melted butter, garlic and scallions into all of the crevices, cover with foil and bake.

Take it out of the oven… stuff and cover it in shredded cheeses and pop it back into the oven, uncovered.

Pull-Apart Cheesy Bread

Voila! Crusty, cheesy awesomeness, right on your kitchen counter.

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

You don’t need me to tell you that you won’t be able to stop eating this. I dare you to try. Three of us demolished this entire loaf and, truth be told, it would have been very easy for only two of us to do it. In situations like this, it’s a good thing that I was taught to share at an early age.

I’m looking forward to consuming many, many more loaves of this cheesy bread. You owe it to yourself and those you feed to make at least one!

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

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Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

Yield: 4 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

This cheesy pull-apart bread has been made in countless forms; this cheesy garlic version is my favorite.

Ingredients:

1 large loaf or boule-style Italian bread (Sourdough or French could also work)
½ cup butter (unsalted or salted is fine), melted
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bunch scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)

Chopped fresh parsley, to garnish (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a sheet of heavy-duty foil with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

2. Cut a cross-hatch pattern into the top of the bread by slicing ½-inch grid lines into the bread, stopping about ¼-inch from the bottom of the bread so that it stays together. Place the bread on the piece of foil that has been sprayed.

3. Stir together the melted butter, garlic and scallions.

4. Gently separate the bread with your fingers, then spoon the butter mixture in all of the seams, making sure it is evenly distributed among the whole loaf. Wrap the loaf up in the foil and place on a baking stone or directly on the oven rack and bake for 10 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F.

6. Open the foil and sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the bread. There will be a lot of cheese, so try to push down as much as you can in between all of the crevices in the bread. Leave the foil open and return it to the oven. Bake until the cheese is completely melted, bubbling and starting to brown on top, about 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving, then sprinkle with parsley (if desired) and dig in!

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  1. Tracey on January 31, 2013 at 12:12 am

    I’ve seen this on Pinterest too but I’ve got to say, yours looks even better than the ones I’ve seen! I seriously could not be trusted around this, massive damage would be done :)

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  2. Janet@FCTC on January 31, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Oh my. This is definitely going on the table (or maybe just hidden with me UNDER the table) Sunday for Super Bowl

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    • Michelle on January 31st, 2013 at 8:23 am

      I like the way you think :)

      Reply

  3. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I don’t think I’d be as good at sharing as you were if this were in front of me!

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  4. Nell on January 31, 2013 at 3:19 am

    This looks so delicious! I wish I could make one someday…

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  5. Ellen on January 31, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Filling my belly with cheese and carbs?! This situation is rather ideal. I was about to up the ante and say it could be improved if butter were included but just realized the recipe has that. Touchdown!

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  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks on January 31, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Wow, that is some serious cheese! Love it! And I can foresee that opening picture all over the food sites & pinterest! :)

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  7. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on January 31, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I love this kind of bread! It’ simple and a sure hit with everyone. Your photos look delectable!! It feels like a bread and cheese kind of day!!

    Reply

  8. Irina on January 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Same here – I’m thinking of making for Super Bowl. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Lauren on January 31, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I’ve been eyeballing that recipe on Pinterest too! Looks a-mazing!

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  10. Kevin (Closet Cooking) on January 31, 2013 at 8:12 am

    That cheesy bread looks so good!

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  11. shelly (cookies and cups) on January 31, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Are you serious right now? Wow!!

    Reply

  12. Melissa on January 31, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Don’t forget to add bacon ;)

    Reply

  13. Erika on January 31, 2013 at 9:18 am

    This looks amazing… Just in time for Super Bowl snack ideas..

    Reply

  14. AnnMarie Irace on January 31, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Just found you via If You’ve Seen My Mind I’d Love It Back blog. Can’t resist a great baking blog so I am following you now. Looking forward to a year of great recipes!

    Reply

  15. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on January 31, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Heavenly!!

    Reply

  16. Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen on January 31, 2013 at 10:00 am

    omg, cheese and carbs heaven. Not gonna lie, I’d probably throw some bacon in there too because duh.

    Reply

  17. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough on January 31, 2013 at 10:07 am

    OK so this is INSANE — in the best way possible! :) That photo of the “cheese pull”… my goodness!

    Reply

  18. Adrienne on January 31, 2013 at 10:09 am

    This looks amazing!! Dare I ask what the calorie count looks like for this?

    Reply

  19. Alli Miller @ Cupcake Diaries on January 31, 2013 at 10:57 am

    This is making me so hungry!! It looks delicious!

    Reply

  20. Meg - [Life of Meg] on January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Major yummm!! Your blog is hands down my favorite and I swear by your recipes every single time! Can’t wait to try out this one! Hope your week is great! :)

    Reply

  21. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts on January 31, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Wow – that is a serious pull apart bread! Look at all that gooey cheese. Great recipe Michelle!

    Reply

  22. Autumn on January 31, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I think I gained 5 lbs just ogling over that picture!!! Looks amazing and I will def try!!!

    Reply

  23. Annie @ Annie's Noms on January 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Woah! I was drooling as soon as I read the title and then I saw your photos! Amazing, this looks sooooooo delicious! I need to make it now! :D

    Reply

  24. Holiday Baker Man on January 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    This is just pure evil!

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  25. Ellie@Fit for the Soul on January 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    *GULP* Oh goodness~this loooks sooo amazing! ahhh all that gooey cheese is making me hungry, lol. It’s amazing how simple recipes can be sometimes, isn’t it? :)

    Reply

  26. Tania on January 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Holy hoopleheads! The only thing I would add though is BACON!!!

    Reply

  27. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe on January 31, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes!

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  28. marie @ little kitchie on January 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I’m pretty sure I could have consumed the whole thing BY MYSELF! You are generous to share… :) Seriously, I’m going to have to add this to things to make this weekend. MUST make this for a crowd so I don’t indulge too much! GREAT pictures!

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  29. Rebecca {Foodie with Family} on January 31, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Heya! That looks FAB. Any time you put cheese, butter and garlic then more cheese on bread I am SO on board. Thanks for linking to my Cheddar Tailgating Bread, too!

    Reply

  30. windykitchen on January 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    This may be the most mouth-watering picture I’ve seen all day, and I’ve been on pinterest for a solid 2 hours now. Nicely done!

    Reply

  31. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on January 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I can’t possibly explain how badly I want this right now. Yuuuuum!

    Reply

  32. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on January 31, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    This is going to be addicting! LOVE it! PS: I totally want that crispy cheese on the bottom :)

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    • Michelle on January 31st, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      That crispy cheese on the bottom is money :)

      Reply

  33. The Kook @ The Kitchen Kook on January 31, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Now I know what to do to make my family fall in love (even more than already! ;) hehe) with me this Sunday…

    Reply

  34. Michael @ Blueberry Chuckle on January 31, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I always see these pull-apart breads, but have never made one. I think this weekend’s Superbowl Party needs pull-apart bread.

    Reply

  35. Janet Anderson on January 31, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I think….I…..love……you. sigh

    thank you! :-)

    Reply

  36. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on January 31, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Wow! Naughty!

    Reply

  37. Annie on February 1, 2013 at 2:06 am

    that looks so good! I bet I could eat the entire thing in one day.

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  38. Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine on February 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

    These pictures SCREAM 1000 words. wow! Good enough to make me want to make this right now!!!!!

    Reply

  39. Li @ Words and Cake on February 1, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Oh my god, there is so much awesomeness in this post. This will definitely be happening in my kitchen.

    Reply

  40. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious on February 2, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Wow, I’m kinda speechless. What I’d do for a chunk of this bread :) Delicious..

    Reply

  41. Adrienne on February 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    This bread is amazing!! I made it for a get together with friends and it was a big hit!!! Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply

  42. Spoonacular on February 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Wow, this looks incredible. It doesn’t get much better than cheese, butter, garlic, and bread ;) Once our recipe search engine is up and running, we’d love to feature a recipe like this one. Check us out :)

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  43. Jessica on February 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I am prepping this right now for the big Superbowl Party! I know everyone will love it so much that I am making a 3rd one to hide away just for myself!!! Cheers!

    Reply

  44. Shannon F on February 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I made this tonight and I knew it would be cheesy, but wow! It was beyond cheesy….. but so good. Thank you!

    Reply

  45. Sue Raisor on February 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I made this for our Super bowl party…..it was incredibly cheesy deliciousness!! I can’t wait for another event to make this for!!

    Reply

  46. Alisha on February 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    We just made this for super bowl tonight! But we skipped the cheddar and added poppy seeds! It was delicious!

    Reply

  47. Maru on February 4, 2013 at 6:29 am

    I made this yesterday and my boyfriend loved it!!!! I didn’t have butter so I used olive oil instead and it was delicious!!
    Looking forward to your next recipe.

    Reply

  48. Kim on February 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I made this o yesterday for superbowl and not a crumb was left. Love this, so easy.

    Reply

  49. Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen on February 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    These pictures are amazing!!!!! Love them!

    Reply

  50. Soft Cut Saws on February 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Totally fat free, right?

    Reply

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