why you’ll love this recipe
This cheesy pull apart garlic bread is one of my favorite appetizers to bring to a BBQ or make on a friday night at home with some wine! It is smothered with 3 different cheeses, loaded with garlic and topped with fresh basil and olive oil. It’s the perfect bite size appetizer and is always a crowd pleaser when I bring it to a BBQ, party or family dinner.
This cheesy pull apart garlic bread is actually made on a gluten free french bread or baguette which makes for the perfect crisp pizza crust that’s ready in no time! You can be sure that it’s going to be a recipe that everyone will love and won’t be able to get enough of! It’ll be requested over and over again so get ready!
ingredients & substitutions
gluten free baguette or french bread
To make this cheesy pull apart garlic bread gluten free you need to make sure you buy a gluten free crust. This specific recipe uses a gluten free baguette, sliced down the center long-ways to make 2 long flatbreads. You can use italian bread, french bread, any type of long roll. I use Udi’s or Schars. I’ve linked them here:
Once the bread is cooked, it is cut into bite size slices to be able to make the perfect bite size appetizer!
Another alternative option is to buy homemade dough from your local pizza shop. A lot of times whether you need regular pizza dough or gluten free pizza dough, your pizza shop will sell it to you without any toppings! Perfect for a make-your-own-pizza night. Either option allows you to not have to worry about making the dough, letting it rest, kneading it, waiting for the dough to rise or rolling out the dough. Its all fun to do, but now when you’re starving after school or work on a tuesday night!
This cheesy pull apart garlic bread recipe calls for a combination of brie cheese, goat cheese and mozzarella! For the mozzarella, you can use shredded or buy a block of cheese and shred or slice it yourself. This garlic bread pizza uses a herbed brie cheese which is basically a block of brie cheese that has dried herbs covering the rind. You can choose to buy the herbed brie or to just buy regular standard brie if you can’t find the herbed option. The goat cheese is one that has honey drizzled on top. You can buy the goat cheese and honey combination, or buy plain spreadable goat cheese and drizzle honey on top. You do not want to buy goat cheese crumbles as these are dry and crumbled together and will not sprad very easily.
how to make this healthier?
Use fat free cheese! Fat free cheese is a healthier alternative than regular cheese since it is lower in saturdated fat. If you are watching your cholesterol, looking for a healthy option or just dont want all the fat from normal cheese, fat free cheese or low fat cheese is the way to go. For this specific recipe you can use fat free or low fat mozzarella, and you can use fat free or low fat cream cheese instead of goat cheese.
how to make this vegan?
To make this cheesy pull apart garlic bread vegan do the following:
- Use vegan cheeses! You can find a variety of vegan cheese at the grocery store or a health food store. They have a variety of vegan spreadable cheese and brie cheeses. I am linking some below for you!
- make sure the baguette is gluten free and vegan
taste & texture
This cheesy pull apart garlic bread is crispy around the edges with gooey, melted cheese! The bottom of the crust and around the edges get crispy since it is baked at a high temperature.
Slice the baguette in half the long ways. Spread minced garlic on both halves.
Top with cheeses. You want the cheeese to be evenly distributed. You can shred it, slice it or even spread the softer cheeses evenly on the bread. Make sure to cover all edges.
Add to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 for 15-30 minutes until the edges are crispy and cheese is melted. I like mine to be crispy and browned around the edges and when the cheese in the middle has started to brown.
Remove and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing into 2″ size squares. Top with olive oil drizzle, salt, peper and fresh basil.
expert tips & tricks
You can store left overs in the fridge for 3-5 days in an air tight container or in a zip lock bag. When ready to eat, pop into the oven, air fryer or a frying pan until it reaches a desired temperature or crispiness.
You can store in a freezer for up to 3 months also in an air tight container or in a zip lock bag. The same as when removing from the fridge, when removing from the freezer, pop into the oven on a baking sheet, air fryer or a frying pan until it reaches a desired temperature or crispiness.
how to serve & store
Serve right out of the oven! I love it hot and melty! Place it onto a cutting board, cut into desired size pieces (large for meals and small for appetizers or sharing!).
You can let it rest for 3-5 minutes if you want more of a room temperature flatbread that wont burn your mouth!
Cheesy pull apart garlic bread (gluten free)
- 1 gluten free baguette or long roll
- 1 cup mozzarella shredded or sliced
- 1/2 cup goat cheese option with honey
- 1/2 cup herbed brie cheese
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- fresh basil
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Slice the baguette in half the long ways. Spread minced garlic on both halves.
- Top with cheeses. You want the cheeese to be evenly distributed. You can shred it, slice it or even spread the softer cheeses evenly on the bread. Make sure to cover all edges.
- Add to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 for 15-30 minutes until the edges are crispy and cheese is melted. I like mine to be crispy and browned around the edges and when the cheese in the middle has started to brown.
- Remove and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing into 2" squares. Top with olive oil drizzle, salt, peper and fresh basil.