Blooming Garlic Bread – You’ve Got To Try This Recipe!

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If you’re a fan of Pinterest you may have seen these Blooming Garlic Bread pins flying by for the past few days. I am a HUGE fan of appetizers and decided to give it a go!


Blooming Garlic Bread



  • 1 store bought round bread loaf – I used Calabrese
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • Chopped Garlic – I used 4 cloves
  • 1.5 cups of shredded cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan
  • 1 finely chopped green onion


Begin by cutting your bread into 1 inch strips but be careful not to cut through the bottom crust.

Blooming Garlic Bread

Turn the loaf 90 degrees and repeat the process again. This is tricky so go slowly and hold the load together firmly by putting on hand on the far end and your elbow against the other almost like you’re hugging it together.

Blooming Garlic Bread Cut

In a saucepan melt the butter and garlic until the butter is infused by the garlic. Next brush the garlic butter into the bread, be sure to dribble or brush in between each square and over the top surface.

Now take each of the cheeses and green onion and tuck between all sides of each square; save some of the fresh parmesan and sprinkle on the top.

Wrap the stuffed loaf (ok that’s hilarious) in aluminum foil and place in the over at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Blooming Garlic Bread Cheese

Remove from oven, unwrap the foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until the cheeses are fully melted.

Blooming Garlic Bread Cheese Top

Oh yeah, now there’s a whole lotta cheesy goodness!!!

You can easily modify this by adding tomatoes and onion for a Bruschetta taste or how about pepperoni and tomato sauce for Pizza night?

This is a fun appetizer which you pull apart with your hands, or if you prefer you could use a fork but pulling the warm, garlicky bread is half of the fun.



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  1. Jennifer says

    Our recipe uses 2 tbsp of ranch or renee’s caesar dressing as well. It will kick it up 10 more notches in flavour and deliciousness. (It won’t make it soggy) We also use havarti and cheddar for added flavour.

  2. Soozle says

    I made a similiar dish (thanks to Pinterest) that was filled with cheese, garlic and jalapenos! Hollllly was it delicious!

  3. Nancy B says

    use mixing spoons or tongs on either side of the bread as a spacer to keep from cutting all the way to the bottom of the loaf by accident… look at some of the hasselback potato recipes… lots of different ideas for the same basic knife precaution

  4. Carol says

    Making this tonight with lasagna. Instead of using store bought bread, I made my own and made individual round loaves instead of one large one.

  5. Roz says

    I made this with a cob loaf i’d made it was fantastic, i dribbled the garlic butter over it so it went inbetween the cuts then used extra strong cheddar and grated parmesan . I have never seen my husband eat nearly a whole loaf !!! I will definitely make it again . Fantastic

  6. Viki Wickstrom says

    That bread looks so good! I’m going to try to make it!!!! I hope it turns out great! Can I use bread dough if I prefer?


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