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Pull-Apart Cheese Bread Recipe

Pull apart cheese bread is so simple to make with sourdough bread. The bread is stuffed with garlic butter and cheese that's melted to perfection in the oven. It's an easy appetizer for holiday parties!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Amy Duska


  • 1 loaf crusty bread (sourdough or Italian )
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (or pizza sauce for dipping)


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut a diamond pattern into the top of the bread making sure that the knife doesn't go all the way through to the bottom of the loaf. Each slice should be about an inch wide. Place a piece of foil on top of a baking sheet and place the loaf onto the foil.
    Sourdough bread cut with a grid pattern.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the garlic powder. Remove from the heat and use a pastry brush to coat the cracks and exterior of the bread. Fill the cracks with shredded cheese and parsley and wrap the loaf in the foil.
    A loaf of sourdough bread stuffed with cheese.
  • Bake the loaf for 30 minutes, unwrap the top of the loaf and bake an additional 10 minutes. Serve immediately.


  • make ahead: Assemble this pull apart cheese bread together a day ahead of time and keep it covered in the fridge until ready to bake.


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 628mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 2mg