This Cheesy Mexican Garlic Bread is a super fun side dish ! We like making this garlic bread recipe and serving it for appetizers, too!
Garlic Bread Is So Much Better With Cheese!
Because what can be better than delicious, buttery garlic bread topped with cheese??? Not much I say, not much at all.
What I love about this garlic bread recipe is that the inside of the bread is super soft and the edges of the bread are super crispy. It’s the best of both world in a garlic bread.
What if you don’t like your garlic bread super crispy? Well then move along, friends because you are wrong.
BUT say, for instance, super crispy isn’t your thing. Just wrap the garlic bread in foil for the first part of this recipe, then open it up, add the cheese and bake or broil until the cheese is melted.
And I’m hoping that you’re down with the cheesy topping, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this cheesy garlic bread recipe right now.
What Kind Of Bread Do You Use To Make Garlic Bread?
There are a few different choices and they mostly come down to your preference and taste. The important part is using our perfect blend of herbs and seasonings in the butter for this garlic bread.
We used a soft (large) Italian bread for this Cheesy Mexican Garlic Bread because it creates a soft center but still has crispy edges, and it will make a lot of garlic bread.
If you like a thinner garlic bread then you can try using a ciabatta loaf or a smaller french baguette. Basically you need to find a loaf that looks good to you, because any bread that you use it going to still turn out awesome.
Can You Make Garlic Bread Ahead Of Time?
So glad you asked because yes. You can.
Homemade garlic bread is so easy to make, you probably won’t have a ton of need to make it ahead of time but if you’re having a big party of a huge family dinner, it’s one less thing you have to worry about.
Or if you maybe went a tad garlic bread crazy and have a lot leftover? So…we tend to run into this problem a lot. Our eyes are always bigger than our stomachs.
What you can do if take the leftover, cooled garlic bread and freeze it. Yep, wrap it in foil first by putting the two halves back together (cheese side to cheese side) then place it into a freezer bag.
When it’s time to reheat, take the garlic bread out of the freezer to thaw completely.
Remove from the freezer bag and place the foil wrapped bread into the oven at 350 for 20 minutes. Now, we ate it just like that, but after the 20 minutes you can open the bread up and place it under the broiler for a minute or two also.
You can also switch up the cheese and use Monterey Jack or even Pepper Jack if you like it a little spicy! I know there’s also very split feelings on cilantro, it’s just here as a garnish though so if it’s not your thing just leave it out!
Can’t Get Enough Garlic Bread Recipes? Try Some Of These!
- 1 large (1 pound loaf) of Italian bread
- Chopped parsley for garnish
- 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
- Lime zest and cilantro for garnish (optional)
For the Butter
- 1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped fine or minced through a garlic press
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Make the butter mixture by adding the butter, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic and parsley to a small bowl and mixing together.
Split the bread open lengthwise and place each half, cut side up, on a baking sheet.
Divide the butter between the halves, spreading the butter to cover the bread completely.
Bake the bread in the oven for 10 minutes, then remove the bread from the oven.
Add the cheese evenly to each half of the garlic bread and place back into the oven for 5-7 minutes until the cheese has melted.
Slice and serve, garnished with fresh lime zest and fresh cilantro (optional)
Freezing the Garlic Bread:
Make the recipe and let the bread cool completely. Put the halves back together then wrap in foil and put into a freezer bag.
To reheat the bread from frozen, thaw the bread completely in the refrigerator. Place the bread into a 350 degrees preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until heated through. Open up the bread and serve as is or broil for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Serving Size:2 pieces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 481 Total Fat: 29g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 76mg Sodium: 841mg Carbohydrates: 40g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Protein: 16g