Garlic Cheese Bread

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There are some foods or dishes in life, which hardly have any dislikers. I feel, one of those is a Garlic Cheese Bread. A recipe which only includes bread, butter, garlic, herbs and lots of cheese, and is customizable beyond belief.  My version of Cheese Garlic Toast recipe is a sure shot winner recipe. It is a easy to prepare, quick and supremely scrumptious.

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About Garlic Cheese Bread

This 15-minute Garlic Cheese Bread, besides being so good and delish, is also for people who want a fuss-free, filling breakfast or brunch.

On special occasions, you can even perk things up in this recipe. Then, serve it as a starter in your get-togethers or parties, or pair with a soup for dinner or lunch.

The choice of bread, cheese and herbs for this Garlic Cheese Bread recipe completely depends on you. I have used brown bread and a combination of cheddar and processed cheese. Even mozzarella cheese works wonders for this recipe.

Best goes with a tomato ketchup. You can even serve Cheesy Garlic Bread with a hot chili, Sriracha or Tabasco sauce.

After assembling the breads, I baked them in an oven. But if you don’t have one, you can even use a skillet or frying pan to cook it on stovetop.

Mentioning the details below or you can even refer to the post of the classic Garlic Bread that is made without cheese.

Which Cheese

Use one type of cheese, a mix of two (example – cheddar + mozzarella) or three (example – cheddar + mozzarella + processed cheese) type depending on what you like.

You could also use cheese slices if you prefer them instead of grated or shredded cheese. Avoid using pre-shredded cheese as they have starch in them, which does not melt them easily.

Mozzarella, Cheddar, Processed Cheese, Monterey Jack, Colby cheese and vegetarian Parmesan cheese are some options you can choose from.

Which Bread

Cheese Garlic Toast is such a versatile recipe that most kinds of breads work well. So you could include Brown Bread, Whole Wheat Bread, White Bread and multigrain bread.

You could also use Naan Bread. Even crusty breads and sourdoughs or ciabatta or french bread work nicely.

Another option is to make the Garlic Cheese Bread with soft dinner rolls. Simply slice them, spread garlic butter (as shown in the recipe), top with cheese, herbs, spices and bake or toast until cheese melts.

On Garlic

While fresh garlic is the best, but in a pinch you could opt to use garlic powder. Swap 1 small to medium garlic clove with ⅛ teaspoon of garlic powder.

Another option is to use garlic salt. But just sprinkle the grated cheese layer on the bread with 1 to 2 pinches of it.

A few readers have asked to me on how to make these toasts without garlic. Well I have a solution for you. Add a few pinches of celery salt or ground celery powder to the butter.

You can also try swapping garlic with 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing) and see how the recipe works for you.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Garlic Cheese Bread

Prep Bread and Make Garlic Butter

1. Preheat oven at 200 degrees C/392 degrees F before starting. Cut half a loaf of bread into slices having 0.75 inches width.

You will need about 4 to 5 slices of bread. This recipe makes for 2 to 3 servings. If planning to make for more servings, simply increase the ingredients proportionately.

sliced bread on a chopping board.

2. Now, halve each slice.

halved bread slices on the chopping board.

3. Take 2 tablespoons softened butter (butter at room temperature) in a bowl. I used salted butter. If using unsalted butter, then add some salt according to taste.

softened butter in a bowl.

4. Grate or mince 3 to 4 medium-sized garlic cloves directly into the butter. Instead of garlic, you can also add garlic chives.

You can also crush the garlic in a mortar-pestle and then add to the softened butter.

garlic cloves grated into in the butter.

5. Mix the grated garlic well with the butter.

mixing garlic with the butter in the bowl.

6. Grate 100 grams cheddar or mozzarella cheese – about ½ cup grated cheese.

Feel free to use any melty cheese that you prefer. You can also use only type of cheese or a mix of two to three different cheese. I have used a mix of cheddar and processed cheese.

grated cheese on a plate.

Make Garlic Cheese Bread

7. Now, spread the garlic butter evenly on all the slices.

garlic butter spread on halved bread slices.

8. Top with the grated cheese generously.

buttered bread slice halves topped with grated cheese.

9. Sprinkle with your favorite herbs or spices. You can add oregano, basil, thyme, red chili flakes, black pepper, etc. You can also use Italian seasoning or cajun seasoning if you have it.

herbs and spices sprinkled on the cheese topped bread slice halves.

10. Place the bread slices on a baking tray.

cheese garlic breads placed on a baking tray.

Bake Garlic Cheese Toast

11. Now, keep the baking tray on the top most rack of your OTG with both the top and bottom heating elements on.

If using a microwave oven in the convection mode, then keep the baking tray on the glass turn table.

baking tray kept in the oven for baking.

12. Bake at 200 degrees C/392 degrees F for 5 to 6 minutes or until the edges become light golden, a bit crisp from the sides and the cheese melts. You don’t need to toast these slices.

Once the cheese melts, remove the tray from the oven. If you continue to bake, the fat may separate from the cheese resulting in a chewy or rubbery texture.

baked cheese garlic bread on the tray.

13. Serve hot Garlic Cheese Bread with tomato ketchup as a starter or as as a snack.

cheese garlic bread served on a plate with tomato ketchup on the side.

How to make Garlic Cheese Toast in a skillet or pan

Here’s a fool proof way of making the Garlic Cheese Toast on a skillet, frying pan using a stovetop. It’s no rocket science if you keep a few points in mind.

  • Begin by heating a thick bottomed skillet or frying pan or griddle. The heat has to be on medium or medium-low.
  • Next, put the prepared and assembled Garlic Cheese Bread slices on the tawa. The heat has to be the lowest here.
  • Proceed by covering with a lid. The lid must not touch the cheese on the bread.
  • Toast or cook for a few minutes or till the cheese is nice, gooey and molten.

Recipe Tips

  1. Spices and Seasonings: You can add herbs or spices as per your palate preference. Some that you can use are – basil, thyme, oregano, red chili flakes, black pepper, Italian seasoning and even cajun seasoning.
  2. Fresh herbs: If using fresh herbs, sprinkle them on the Garlic Cheese Toast after being baked.
  3. Add-ins: Make a variety of Garlic Cheese Bread with these optional add-ins and toppings. So you could add olives, grated carrots, jalapeño, sautéed mushrooms or sautéed spinach, steamed corn and sun-dried tomatoes.
  4. Toasting in Convection mode: You can bake this garlic cheese bread in a microwave oven only if it has the convection mode.
  5. Toasting in a pan: Ensure to use a thick bottomed pan/skillet and cook on low heat when cooking on a stovetop.

FAQs

Which breads can I use for this recipe?

Many bread types can be used for this recipe. For instance, whole wheat, brown, multigrain or white.

Is it possible to use a mix of both cheddar and mozzarella cheese in this recipe?

Yes, why not. Go ahead and use a mix of both if you like it that way.

Can I use processed cheese in this recipe instead of mozzarella cheese?

Yes, you can.

How can I make this garlic cheese bread in a microwave?

You can only make this recipe in a microwave if it has the convection mode. Otherwise, it is not possible.

While cooking this bread on the skillet, it got burnt. What could be the reason?

You may not have used a thick bottomed skillet to cook it. Also, the heat has to be low while cooking the bread or else it will burn.

Can I make this bread without garlic? What is the substitute for garlic in this recipe?

You can make this bread without garlic. In this scenario, try adding a pinch of asafoetida or hing for flavor and see how it works out. Or opt to add a few pinches of celery salt or celery powder to the softened butter.

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cheese garlic bread recipe

Garlic Cheese Bread

This oven baked Garlic Cheese Bread is an easy to prepare, quick and supremely scrumptious snack. A recipe which only includes bread, butter, garlic, herbs, lots of cheese, and can be customized in so many ways. A sure shot winner recipe!
4.86 from 28 votes
Prep Time 9 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine World
Course Appetizers
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 slices bread or half a loaf of bread. you can use whole wheat or brown or multi grain or white bread
  • 2 tablespoon Butter salted or unsalted
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves – medium sized. peeled, minced or grated or finely crushed
  • 100 grams mozzarella cheese or ½ cup grated cheese – processed or cheddar or mozzarella cheese or a mix of two to three cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon dry oregano or any dried herbs, add as required
  • salt – as required and only to be added if using unsalted butter

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Preheat oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees C/392 degrees F before baking.
  • Slice the loaf of bread in slices having 0.75 inches width. Now halve each slice.
  • Take the softened butter (butter at room temperature) in a bowl. I used salted butter. If using unsalted butter, then add a bit of salt.
  • Grate or mince 3 to 4 medium peeled garlic cloves directly into the softened butter. Instead of garlic, you can also add garlic chives.
  • Mix the grated garlic very well with the butter.
  • Grate cheddar or mozzarella cheese. You will need about ½ cup of grated cheese.

Making Garlic Cheese Bread

  • Now spread the garlic butter evenly on all the slices.
  • Top with the cheese generously.
  • Sprinkle with your favorite herb or spice. You can add oregano, basil, red chili flakes, black pepper, Italian seasoning etc.
  • Place the bread slices in a baking tray.

Baking Garlic Cheese Toast

  • Now keep the baking tray on the top most rack of your oven. If using a microwave oven in the convection mode, then keep the baking tray on the glass turn table.
  • Bake at 200 degrees C/392 degrees F for 5 to 6 minutes or till the edges become a light golden and a bit crisp. 
  • The cheese will also melt. You don't need to toast these slices.
  • Serve these Garlic Cheese Bread hot with tomato ketchup as a starter or as as a snack.

Notes

How to make Garlic Cheese Toast on a stove top in a frying pan or skillet

  1. Heat a thick bottomed skillet or frying pan or griddle on a medium heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to the lowest and then place the prepared bread slices on the frying pan or skillet.
  3. Cover with a lid in such a way that the lid does not touch the grated cheese.
  4. Toast for a few minutes until the cheese melts.

 

Recipe Notes

  • Make the recipe your own by adding the herbs, spices or seasonings that you like. You can use both fresh herbs or dried herbs. If using fresh herbs, sprinkle them on the Garlic Cheese Bread after they are baked. Dried herbs can be added before baking. 
  • Omit black pepper and red chilli flakes if making for small kids. 
  • Optional toppings are to add some olives, grated carrots, jalapeño, sautéed mushrooms or sautéed spinach, steamed corn and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Feel free to add one type of cheese or a combination of two to three cheese kinds. Instead of shredded or grated cheese, you could also use cheese slices.
  • Mozzarella, Cheddar, Processed Cheese, Monterey Jack, Colby cheese and vegetarian Parmesan cheese are some options to choose from.
  • Scale the recipe to make for more servings.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Cheese Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 837mg36%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 516IU10%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.2mg13%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.2mg12%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg5%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin D 0.1µg1%
Vitamin E 0.5mg3%
Vitamin K 6µg6%
Calcium 230mg23%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 35µg9%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 24mg6%
Phosphorus 174mg17%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Garlic Cheese Bread recipe from the archives first published in July 2015 has been republished and updated on January 2023.

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  1. Yummy!! My son is just loving it. Asking me to make again and again.
    It’s also easy and not time consuming5 stars

  2. I loved the recipe made for the first time and it was a first time baking so loved it came out to be really good only I didn’t used mozzarella cheese or it was a perfect taste same as a pizza hut garlic bread thanks ❤5 stars

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