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Garlic Cheese Bread

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This easy garlic cheese bread is the perfect budget-friendly side dish to any meal. Made with just a few staple ingredients, it’s cheesy, garlicky, and sure to please a crowd!


  • 1 loaf of French bread (store-bought, or homemade recipe below)
  • 48 oz shredded cheese (Monterey jack and/or cheddar)
  • Garlic Butter (recipe Below)
  • 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. Using either a loaf of homemade French bread (this is my easy recipe) OR a loaf of plain “French” bread or “Italian” bread from your local grocery store, slice the loaf horizontally so that you have two, long, oblong loaves. Place the loaves cut side up on the baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the room temperature butter, minced garlic and salt. Mix very well. Add dried basil and/or dried oregano, if using.
  4. Smear the seasoned butter over both cut sides of the bread, making sure you spread the butter all the way to the edges.
  5. Place the two halves together – cut sides together – so that they look like a full loaf again and wrap in aluminum foil. Place the loaf on a baking sheet and bake in an oven at 350F for 10 minutes.
  6. When the timer goes off, unfold the two halves from each other and place them on the aluminum foil, on the baking sheet, butter side up. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the two halves of bread.
  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. Don’t leave the oven when the bread is under the broiler!


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!


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