Garlic Bread with Cheese
Garlic Bread with Cheese
5 from 6 votes
Fresh and flavourful garlic bread warm from the oven! Perfectly crisp edges, a soft buttery centre, and a cheesy golden brown toasted top with fresh garlic and herbs. The secret to really good garlic bread is simple. Use fresh garlic.
Garlic Bread with Cheese

Garlic bread with cheese is a timeless classic that never fails to impress. Originating from Italian-American cuisine, this dish combines the savory goodness of garlic, butter, and cheese on a crispy baguette.

Despite its gourmet appearance, making garlic bread with cheese is surprisingly simple, making it perfect for both beginner cooks and seasoned chefs alike.

In this recipe, a crunchy baguette is transformed into a flavor-packed delight with the addition of fragrant garlic, rich butter, and gooey mozzarella cheese.

The process begins with preheating the oven and preparing a tantalizing garlic butter mixture, combining crushed garlic, fresh parsley, melted butter, and olive oil.

liced baguettes are generously coated with this aromatic mixture before being adorned with a blanket of melted mozzarella cheese. A brief stint in the oven allows the flavors to meld and the cheese to achieve a golden-brown perfection.

The result? A heavenly creation that’s crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and bursting with irresistible flavors.

Despite its delectable taste, garlic bread with cheese doesn’t require fancy ingredients or complicated techniques.

With just a few pantry staples and minimal effort, you can recreate this restaurant-worthy dish in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Expert Tip: For added flavor, you can sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese or chopped fresh herbs, such as basil or oregano, on top of the mozzarella before baking.

Ingredients

Baguette: A baguette serves as the foundation of this delightful dish, providing a crispy exterior and a soft, chewy interior. Its elongated shape and crusty texture make it perfect for holding the savory garlic butter and melted cheese.

Parsley (Fresh): Fresh parsley adds a burst of color and freshness to the garlic bread. It complements the savory flavors of the dish and contributes a subtle herbaceous note, enhancing its overall taste and aroma.

Garlic: Crushed garlic is the star of the show, infusing the bread with its bold, pungent flavor. It adds depth and complexity to the dish, elevating it from ordinary to extraordinary.

Butter (Melted): Melted butter provides richness and indulgence to the garlic bread. It helps create a luscious garlic butter mixture that coats the bread evenly, resulting in a golden, buttery crust.

Olive Oil: Olive oil adds a fruity, peppery flavor to the garlic butter mixture. It contributes to the dish’s rich and savory profile while providing moisture and ensuring the bread stays tender and flavorful.

Cheese (Mozzarella): Mozzarella cheese brings gooeyness and cheesy goodness to the garlic bread. Its mild, creamy flavor pairs perfectly with the garlic butter, creating a decadent topping that melts beautifully over the baguette.

Expert Tip: If you prefer a crispier crust, you can lightly toast the sliced baguette in the oven before adding the garlic butter mixture and cheese. This step helps prevent the bread from becoming too soggy once the toppings are added.

Serving Suggestions

  • Enjoy as a Side Dish: Garlic bread with cheese pairs perfectly with a variety of main courses, such as pasta, soup, or salad. Serve it alongside your favorite dishes to add a deliciously cheesy and garlicky touch to your meal.
  • Appetizer or Snack: Cut the garlic bread into smaller pieces and serve as an appetizer or snack at parties, gatherings, or game nights. It’s sure to be a hit with guests of all ages, offering irresistible flavors in every bite.
  • Customize with Dipping Sauces: Enhance the dining experience by offering a selection of dipping sauces to accompany the garlic bread. Marinara sauce, garlic aioli, or balsamic glaze are excellent choices that complement the flavors of the dish and add an extra layer of indulgence.
  • Breakfast or Brunch Option: Transform leftover garlic bread with cheese into a delicious breakfast or brunch dish. Use it as a base for a savory French toast or top with scrambled eggs and bacon for a hearty morning meal.
  • Creative Variations: Get creative with toppings and ingredients to customize your garlic bread with cheese. Add sliced tomatoes, fresh herbs, or crispy bacon for extra flavor and texture. You can also experiment with different types of cheese, such as cheddar, Parmesan, or provolone, to create unique flavor combinations.

Expert Tip: Make sure to slice the baguette evenly to ensure even baking and a uniform texture throughout the garlic bread.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use pre-shredded cheese instead of mozzarella?

Yes, you can use pre-shredded cheese if that’s what you have on hand. However, freshly shredded mozzarella tends to melt more smoothly and offers a better texture compared to pre-shredded cheese, which may contain additives to prevent clumping.

Can I make garlic bread with cheese ahead of time?

While it’s best enjoyed fresh from the oven, you can prepare the garlic butter mixture and assemble the bread ahead of time. Simply cover and refrigerate the prepared bread until you’re ready to bake. Keep in mind that the texture may differ slightly if reheated.

How do I store leftovers?

If you have any leftover garlic bread with cheese, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. To reheat, place it in a preheated oven or toaster oven until warmed through and the cheese is melted.

Can I freeze garlic bread with cheese?

Yes, you can freeze garlic bread with cheese for future enjoyment. Wrap individual portions or the entire loaf tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven until warmed through.

How can I prevent the garlic bread from becoming soggy?

To prevent the bread from becoming soggy, make sure to spread the garlic butter mixture evenly over the surface of the bread, including the edges. Additionally, avoid over-saturating the bread with too much butter or oil.

Is it possible to make this recipe vegan?

Yes, you can make a vegan version of garlic bread with cheese by using vegan butter and dairy-free cheese alternatives. There are many plant-based options available that offer a similar taste and texture to traditional ingredients.

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Garlic Bread with Cheese

Garlic Bread with Cheese

by Nabeela Kauser
Fresh and flavourful garlic bread warm from the oven! Perfectly crisp edges, a soft buttery centre, and a cheesy golden brown toasted top with fresh garlic and herbs.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 6
Calories 307 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas mark 4.
  • Wash and finely chop the parsley – a handful of parsley is approximately 20g, but you can use more or less depending on personal preference.
  • Crush the garlic cloves and add to the finely chopped parsley along with the olive oil and the melted butter then mix until everything is well combined.
  • Slice a baguette lengthways or any thick bread down the middle.
  • Line a baking tray with foil and add the baguettes onto the tray.
  • Generously spread the garlic butter mixture across the baguette.
  • Then top with the mozzarella cheese (See Note 1).
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
  • Serve alongside your choice of pasta and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Note 1 – Any type of cheese can be used but I personally prefer to use cheddar or mozzarella cheese.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 8gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 421mgPotassium: 80mgFibre: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 432IUVitamin C: 2mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 169mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Bread, Cheese, Food, Garlic, Garlic Bread, Recipe
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