Cheesy Bread

A cross between garlic bread and pizza, cheesy bread is a quick, easy, and delicious party snack. Make this recipe as a snack, appetizer, or side dish.

Cheesy Bread
Elise Bauer

My friend Michelle loves to throw big parties, with plenty of food and plenty of friends. I think it must be the large Italian family thing, one is never at a loss for food or great company at her house.

One of my favorite dishes that usually makes an appearance at Michelle's is this "cheesy bread", a sort of cross between garlic bread and pizza. It's a great way to help feed a lot of hungry people, and easy to pull together, even at the last minute.

I've shown them sliced, but you could easily cut them crosswise again for smaller appetizer bites. But watch out, they're addictive!

Variations on Cheesy Bread

Try mixing in other ingredients with the topping mixture, such as chopped black olives, chopped canned artichoke hearts, minced shrimp, or crab meat.

Have a variation of cheesy bread that you love? Tell us about it in the comments!

Cheesy Bread cut into slices
Elise Bauer

Cheesy Bread

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 20 servings
Yield 20 slices

This recipe can easily be doubled or scaled up to make even more.


  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup, 2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened to the point of being slightly melted

  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 4 ounces (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese 

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped green onion (to taste)

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon sour cream, optional

  • 1 loaf French or Italian bread (I used Ciabatta)


  1. Make the cheesy topping:

    In a small bowl, mix the butter and garlic together until smooth.

    In a separate large bowl, mix together the cheeses and the green onion. Stir in the mayonnaise and sour cream. Add the butter mixture to the cheese mixture and combine.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  2. Spread the cheese mixture over bread:

    Preheat the broiler.

    Slice the loaf of bread in half horizontally and lay it crust side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spread the cheese mixture over the bread.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  3. Place under the broiler:

    Broil until nicely browned, about 3 to 5 minutes.

    Elise Bauer
  4. Slice:

    Remove from broiler and let sit for 5 minutes until cool enough to handle. Slice the bread with a bread knife. Serve.

    Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
166 Calories
13g Fat
5g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 166
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 200mg 15%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 41mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.