This cheesy Stuffed Garlic Bread is the most flavorful make-ahead garlic bread recipe! It is filled with mozzarella cheese, freshly grated garlic, red pepper flakes, and parsley then baked until melty. It is the ultimate homemade garlic bread recipe!
- Bread: A good crusty sourdough bâtard is my favorite. Ciabatta or French bread would also work great. I prefer using something oval or long (like a bâtard or baguette).
- Butter: I use unsalted butter to be able to control the amount of salt in the mixture. If you only have salted butter, that will work just fine! You'll want the butter to be soft and room temperature so that you can easily mix it in with the other ingredients.
- Garlic: This garlic bread is garlicky! I use 5 cloves of freshly grated garlic but you can certainly adjust this. Grating your garlic with a microplane gives it that garlic flavor without big pieces of chopped garlic.
- Red pepper flakes: I love the subtle kick of red pepper flakes. If you are serving this bread to people sensitive to heat, you can omit them.
- Parsley: The fresh parsley adds a delicious hint of herbiness and a beautiful pop of color. If you can't get fresh parsley, I'd leave it out, as opposed to opting for dry herbs.
- Mayo: This secret ingredient makes the garlic mixture creamy! I prefer to use light mayo. This can also be omitted if you'd like to make it mayo-free.
- Mozzarella cheese: Shredded mozzarella melts so beautifully in this cheesy garlic bread. Pre-shredded bagged mozzarella works better than freshly grated since it contains less moisture.
How to make cheesy stuffed garlic bread
- Slice the bread in half lengthwise. Score the bread by cutting ¾ of the way through to create slices. Keep the two halves next to each other so that the scoring on each half lines up with each other. The buttery garlic mixture will melt into these crevasses.
- Make the garlic butter mixture by combining all the other ingredients together.
3. Spread the butter mixture evenly across the two halves of bread. Put the top and bottom halves back together. Wrap the entire loaf in aluminum foil so that it is completely covered.
4. Bake the wrapped bread for 30-40 minutes in a 375-degree oven, or until the cheese is completely melted.
5. To serve, slice the bread along the scores. You may find it easier to open the bread back up into two halves to do this. I like serving the two halves pressed together. I find that some people end up taking a combined half and bottom, while others may pull apart just a top or bottom piece.
Make ahead tips
- This is one of my favorite side dishes to make when serving company because it can be completely prepped the day before! To make it in advance, go through all the steps but wait to bake the bread. Keep the bread covered in foil and refrigerate up to overnight. When ready to bake, bring it to room temperature then pop it straight into the oven.
- If you'd prefer just to prep the butter mixture in advance, you can make it up to the day before and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. Spread it on a fresh baguette the day you are planning on serving it.
- This garlic bread can also be frozen! Make it completely, except wait to bake it. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap then foil. Defrost in the refrigerator before baking.
This stuffed garlic bread makes for an excellent side dish to most meals. In particular, it shines for an Italian dinner! I love popping this in the oven while a cheesy pasta dish is also baking off. Here are some recipes I love serving it with:
- I love how flexible this recipe is with the cooking time and temperature! If you are cooking another recipe in the oven that needs to be at 350-degrees or 400-degrees, you can absolutely cook this garlic bread at that temperature. It should also be just fine if you leave it in slightly longer than 40 minutes to stay warm while the rest of your food is cooking.
Stuffed Garlic Bread
- 1 lb loaf of bread preferrably sourdough, ciabatta, or French
- ½ cup butter softened to room temperature
- ¼ cup light mayo
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 5 cloves of garlic grated
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 °F
- Slice the bread in half lengthwise. Score the bread crosswise by cutting ¾ of the way down every few inches. This is where you will ultimately cut it to serve so try to line up the scores on each half.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients until well incorporated. Spread the mixture evenly across both halves of bread.
- Place the two halves of bread back together. Wrap the entire loaf in aluminum foil.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the cheese is well melted.
- To serve, remove the bread from the foil and cut along the scores. Serve hot.
- The temperature this garlic bread bakes is flexible. If you have another dish baking in the oven at 350° or 400°, go ahead and pop the bread in with it. It may just need a few minutes more or less, depending on if you decrease or increase the temperature.
- For a more subtle garlic flavor, reduce the number of cloves.
- The red pepper flakes add just a slight kick, but feel free to use more to make it spicy, or omit to make it have no spice.