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Garlic Cheese Bread

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This crowd-pleasing cheesy garlic bread will have your family asking for seconds…or thirds! It’s cheesy, garlicky, and the perfect budget-friendly side dish for any meal. Made with just a few staple ingredients, you’ll come back to this cheese bread recipe again and again!


  • 1 loaf of French bread (store-bought, or homemade recipe)
  • 48 oz shredded cheese (Monterey jack and/or cheddar)
  • 8 Tbsp room temperature, softened butter (not melted)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (about 45 cloves)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp dried basil and/or dried oregano (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Either make a loaf of homemade French bread (this is my easy recipe) OR buy a loaf of plain (unseasoned) “French” bread or “Italian” bread from your local grocery store.
  3. Prepare your garlic butter by thoroughly mixing room-temperature butter with minced garlic and salt in a small bowl. Dried basil and/or oregano are good too, but optional.
  4. Cut the loaf of bread in half horizontally so that you have two long, oblong loaves. Place each half on a foil-lined baking sheet and generously smear the seasoned butter over both halves, making sure you get butter all the way to the edges.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the two halves of bread.
  6. Bake in the oven at 350F for 10 minutes.
  7. Turn the oven to broil and place the bread under the broiler for 2-5 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden. Keep a close eye on it so that it doesn’t burn!
  8. Slice the bread and serve warm.


  • Bread – This recipe works with baguette, French bread, or Italian bread – both homemade versions and store-bought.
  • Cheese – I like using a blend of cheeses, usually a combination of Monterey jack and cheddar. I’ve also made this using a Mexican blend, a jalapeno blend, just Monterey jack, and just cheddar – they’ve all been delicious!