Cheesy Garlic Bread
“Cheesy garlic bread made with four kinds of cheese, herbs, spices and lots of fresh, sauteed garlic! Easy, crowd-pleasing recipe!”
Visual learner? Watch me make this cheesy garlic bread from start to finish!
My oldest son LOVES garlic bread. I use to get a kick out of hearing him say “well I guess I’ll make some bread and butter before I go to bed” when he was younger. He’s an old soul if I ever saw one.
He’s been making his “bread and butter” since he was about seven. He’s 11 now, and his world changed when I started buying/making different kinds of flavored butter. He’s tried cinnamon butter, cowboy butter, fruit butter, you name it, but bread with garlic butter stays on repeat!
Garlic bread is his favorite bread, and if a restaurant is serving it, you can bet money he’s gonna get it! Surprisingly he rates K&W Cafeteria with having the best garlic bread ever.
He said my garlic bread was “almost better.” *crickets* Really son. I’m losing to a cafeteria though?
However, he did tell me that my cheesy garlic bread was the best he’s ever had*eye roll* I guess I’ll take whatever place I can get with this brutally honest garlic bread connoisseur.
So today we’re making cheesy garlic bread! Hopefully, this will buy me forgiveness for secretly signing him up for karate class this evening. Mercy yall, I would be lying if I said I couldn’t eat this whole thing by myself! Cheese + butter+ bread is my weakness (like a million other foods). Throw garlic and herbs in the mix, and I’m willing to cheat on whatever diet I’m currently on. No regrets. No questions asked.
Cheesy garlic bread is so easy to make, but I’ve messed up a few in my day. Why is it that sometimes the most straightforward recipes want to act up? Is it because we try to do too much with them? I believe so. Sometimes it’s just best to stick with the classic instead of giving it twists, tweaks and twerks!
That’s what I’ll be doing with this cheesy garlic bread! I am keeping it simple! Well, kinda! I’m only tweaking it a bit by adding Italian seasoning which adds so much flavor and throwing in some Colby Jack cheese with the Mozzarella because it’s my fav.
The result is a cheesy garlic bread that’s flavorful, crisp around the edges, soft and chewy on the inside and full of buttery, garlicky, stretchy-cheesy goodness. It’s hard to stop at just one slice!
Tips On How To Make The Best Cheesy Garlic Bread
- Roast or saute the finely minced FRESH garlic. Heating the garlic brings out so much flavor! And finely mincing or mashing the garlic into a pulp, helps distribute it well throughout the butter. No garlic powder needed.
- Use fresh french bread. If it’s not homemade, head to a bakery and get a freshly baked loaf of bread. It will bake up crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The perfect garlic bread texture!
- Use good butter. Anytime that butter is an important player in a recipe you want to use your favorite kind. This doesn’t mean it has to be expensive! Any unsalted, real cream butter with real pronounceable ingredients is what I reach for.
- Broil for the last few minutes. Broiling helps the cheese get that perfectly golden look and also helps the edges to crisp up a bit. Just be careful NOT to take your eyes off of it while it’s boiling. It can burn super fast!
Now go make a pasta dinner, with a salad and a basket of this homemade cheesy garlic bread! Or, simply stand there at the oven when they come out and eat it slice by slice.
Get the Recipe: Cheesy Garlic Bread
- 1 loaf French Bread, Fresh from the bakery
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 4-6 cloves fresh garlic, 1 tablespoon, finely minced (use a garlic press)
- 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted, real cream butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/4 cups mozzarella, freshly grated
- 1/2 cup Colby jack, freshly grated
- Fresh parsley, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400.F degrees.
- Evenly cut french bread in half, lengthwise and place on foil-lined baking sheet. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil.
- Once the oil is heated, add garlic and sautee JUST until garlic is fragrant. (be careful not to burn)
- Place cooked garlic (including any remaining oil) in a large bowl.
- Stir in soft butter, parmesan cheese, parsley, Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, and black pepper.
- Spread garlic butter mixture evenly over both halves of bread.
- Cover pan tightly with foil.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until butter has melted into the bread.
- Remove from oven and remove foil.
- Evenly sprinkle on mozzarella and Colby jack cheese.
- Return to oven uncovered and bake until cheese has melted (about 6-7 minutes)
- Broil for the last couple of minutes to crisp up the edges if desired (keep an eye on the bread while it's broiling. It can burn fast!)
- Remove from oven and garnish with fresh parsley.
- Slice and serve hot.