Cheesy Garlic Bread

cheesy garlic bread on cutting board

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: Serves 12

Look out Sunday supper, dinnertime is about to go to the next level. This cheesy garlic bread is technically a side, but it is so full of flavor it just might steal the spotlight from the main dish.

Whether you're serving your favorite spaghetti or lasagna you will want to test out this recipe for garlic bread on your family. A loaf of French or Italian bread is split lengthwise, then coated in a combination of softened butter, mayonnaise, three different kinds of cheese, onion, garlic, and herb seasonings. It's over the top in the best way possible.

What makes this bread so special is that it is meant to be shared. This is the type of dish that the whole family will love. Cut into slices, place in the center of the table, and invite everyone to dig in.

What are you waiting for? Open up a bottle of your favorite wine, call your family and friends, and invite everyone around the table for delicious food and lots of laughter.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1 pound) loaf French or Italian bread (cut in half lengthwise)
  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 3 large garlic cloves (minced or pressed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cheesy Garlic Bread
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  2. Prepare the oven racks for using the broiler, so that the bread will be 4 to 6 inches from the heat. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil. Lay the two long bread pieces, cut side up, on foil; set aside.

    Arrange bread on baking sheet
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  3. In a mixing bowl using a rubber spatula, stir together butter and mayonnaise until well-blended. 

    Mix together the bitter and mayonnaise
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  4. Stir in the cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese.

    Stir in the cheeses
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  5. Stir in the green onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well.

    Mix in the seasonings
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  6. Spread the mixture over the cut sides of each of the bread pieces, covering evenly.

    Spread cheese spread on the bread
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  7. Turn the oven to broil and place the prepared bread under broiler. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned and bubbly. Watch carefully as it can burn quickly.

    Broil the cheesy garlic bread
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  8. Remove from oven and using a sharp serrated knife, cut into 2-inch diagonal slices.

    Cheesy Garlic Bread
     Kristina Vanni
  9. Serve hot and enjoy!

Tips

  • Leave the broiler compartment slightly ajar when using the broiler. This prevents the oven from overheating, causing the broiler to shut off. (This also allows you to peek inside to keep an eye on what is happening.)
  • Be sure to use heavy-duty oven mitts when removing anything from the broiler. The pans become much hotter than when they are just in the regular oven.