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Cheesy Pull Apart Garlic Bread with Dipping Sauce

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Can we talk about how delicious pull apart garlic bread is for a moment?

It has all the things we love: melted butter, crushed garlic, freshly grated mozzarella cheese all wrapped up in a warm, soft, (yet perfectly crusty) sourdough bread round.

This recipe truly elevates sourdough bread and takes finger foods to the next level. It’s a gorgeous party appetizer or addition to the dinner table too!

Basically say goodbye to ordinary and boring garlic bread because this is the only way you’re going to want it now.

sourdough bread filled with shredded mozzarella cheese

And to top it off (literally) this pull apart garlic bread goodness pairs perfectly with my moms famous bread dipping sauce.

It’s an olive oil and balsamic vinegar based dipping sauce that my family devours at just about every holiday and get together.

This pull apart garlic bread deliciousness is:

  • Perfectly cheesy
  • Garlicky
  • Great for a low-fuss yet impressive party appetizer, or even a Friday night in, because carbs.
  • Warm, soft and comforting.
  • Fun to eat!
  • Fun to share!
  • Insanely delicious. Like, really really.
  • Great for dunking in soups and stews.
  • Or as a side with your favorite Italian meal, we love it with spaghetti and meatballs!

Here are the essentials:

ingredients in glass bowls needed to make garlic pull apart bread
  • Sourdough Artisan bread round (16 oz.) I just use a store bought loaf!
  • Mozzarella, freshly grated
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Pepper Chili Flakes (optional)
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Asiago Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
ingredients needed to make balsamic dipping sauce

How to make pull apart garlic bread

I would say the “hardest” part of this whole thing is cutting the bread.

  1. Cut the bread carefully and do not cut all the way through to the bottom, only cut about half way. Take it slow and let the knife work its magic!
  2. Mix the mozzarella cheese with the garlic and seasonings. Set aside to cut the bread.
  3. Stuff the cheese mixture in between all of the cut bread, being gentle with the bread so it does not tear.
  4. Pour the melted butter on top, loosely wrap with foil and bake.
step by step how to make cheesy pull apart garlic bread

While the pull apart bread is in the oven, whisk together the ingredients for the dipping sauce. Serve the bread while it’s warm and ooey-gooey!

Tips to making pull apart bread

  • Use freshly grated mozzarella cheese for the best, stringy, cheese pulls. However, you can use a combination of cheeses too – so fun!
  • Carefully cut the bread with a bread knife just about half way. You can cut into large or smaller squares – chefs choice! I like big, hearty squares.
  • Cook the bread for an addition 2-3 minutes on broil to get the bread nice and crusty on top and the cheese bubbling.
  • Prep the loaf in advance and store in the fridge before you want to bake it. Don’t pour the melted butter on until you’re ready to bake!
  • Use the leftovers for dunking in red sauce or in a cozy soup.

Let’s get that oven pre heated and ready to make some addicting and amazing pull apart garlic bread!

sourdough bread filled with melty mozzarella cheese

When making garlic bread do you like to use melted butter or olive oil?

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4.85 from 19 reviews

Cheesy Pull Apart Garlic Bread

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 23 minutes
Total: 33 minutes
Servings: 8 people (or like, 2 people let’s be honest)
Cheesy Pull Apart Garlic Bread with the most amazing balsamic bread dipping sauce. This loaf is garlicky, addicting, a party appetizer favorite and loaded with stringy mozzarella cheese. Delicious to dunk it in soup or marinara sauce too!


For the bread

  • 1 (16 oz.) Artisan sourdough bread loaf
  • 3 cups Mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 Tbsp. crushed garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. red pepper chili flakes (optional)
  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)

For the dipping sauce

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. red pepper chili flakes (optional)
  • 1/3 cup Asiago cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium sized bowl, mix the shredded mozzarella cheese with the garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and red pepper chili flakes. Set aside.
  • Using a bread knife, carefully cut the bread in strips in one direction, rotate the bread and cut in the other direction. Only cut about half way down the bread, not all the way!
  • Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl for ~30 seconds or until completely melted. Stuff the cheese mixture in between all the crevices of the bread. Drizzle the melted butter all over the top.
  • Place the bread on a baking sheet lined with foil. Loosely cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and broil for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.
  • While the bread is in the oven, whisk all of the ingredients for the dipping sauce together in a small bowl.
  • Serve with the bread. Pull-apart, dunk and enjoy!



Use a different combination of cheeses in the bread loaf if you’d like. Mozzarella is best for the stringy cheese pulls but you can also add in cheddar, Brie, Bleu cheese, etc.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 467kcal (23%)

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Easy and delicious recipe! Definitely a crowd pleaser!

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Tiare Nord

This was tasty. My only complaints would be baker error. I left it to broil and didn’t watch thanks to my kids fighting. So it got burnt. I also think I could have cut down more into the bread. But the cheese blend was yummy and the dipping sauce was too.

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I loved this. My husband thought the dipping sauce was very balsamic forward, which I enjoy. Do you think white balsamic would be sweeter? But I made it with a homemade sourdough loaf and it was delicious. And the cheese mix is something I would use in more than this. No pepper flakes were used

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Billie Belue

I absolutely LOVE this recipe, and everyone I serve the bread to loves it too! I first made it for my annual superbowl party, and it was a big hit. For that one, I purchased an artisan loaf from the grocery store. Since then, I have made my own sourdough boule, and use that for the cheesy bread, and it is amazing! Thanks for sharing!


This was fun and easy to make! Amazing recipe. My family devoured it! Will definitely make again.


This was so good. ALLLLLL the cheese!!

Lauren Nagel

Seriously ADDICTIVE! It went so fast!


I just had garlic bread the other day! Your’s looks a lot tastier!!

Lauren Grant

this bread is 100!! So good, and the step-by-step videos are so awesome!


OMG wow! I was drooling just looking at this recipe