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Crusty Pull-Apart Cheese Bread Slices

This pull-apart cheese bread is a savory baked bread made by slicing a loaf of bread and inserting cheese between each slice.

As the bread bakes, the cheese melts creating a soft warm center and a crusty parmesan covered outside.

Pull-apart cheese bread slices

Ingredient Notes

  • Italian bread: I use Italian bread because it’s a little wider than French bread and has a soft chewy inside and a nice crust. If I’m unable to find Italian bread, I select French bread. They are both good and it just comes down to your preference.
  • Butter: I use salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter. If you do, you may want to add a little salt to taste.
  • Processed Swiss cheese slices: Processed cheese melts into a creamy texture. Processed Swiss cheese is different from regular Swiss cheese. They don’t taste the same and hard Swiss cheese doesn’t melt to coat both sides of the bread with cheese. If you can’t find Process Swiss, use a different type of processed cheese.
  • Parmesan cheese: Make it simple and use already grated parmesan cheese or go ahead and grate some cheese yourself.
  • Black pepper: Grinding black peppercorns provide the best flavor. If you don’t have a pepper grinder, use ground pepper.
  • Parsley: Finely chop a little parsley to top the bread. I use it on the top, but you can also sprinkle some between the slices before baking the bread.
Pulling the cheese bread slices apart

Substitutions And Variations

  • Use a different type of bread. Use a crusty bread with a soft center. Italian bread or Vienna bread are good alternatives.
  • Use a different cheese. Processed cheeses work best. You can use a different type of cheese, but the cheese may stick more to one side of the bread than the other.
  • Add more ingredients between the slices like bacon, ham, and jalapeño.
  • Add minced garlic to the butter.

Pull-Apart Cheese Bread Slices Video: Step-By-Step

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How to Make Pull-Apart Cheese Bread Slices

Step 1: Preheat Oven to 350ºF

Step 2: Slice the Bread

Slice the bread into 1-inch slices.

Step 3: Apply the Butter

Spread butter on each side of the bread. I find it’s quicker to butter the right side of each slice and then rotate the bread 180 degrees and butter the opposite side (for right-handed individuals). You will not use all of the butter.

Step 4: Add Cheese Between Each Slice

Fold the cheese slices in half from one corner to the other corner forming triangles. Place one triangle between each slice.

Step 5: Place Foil Around the Bottom of the Bowl

Cut 3 pieces of aluminum foil about 12 inches longer than the loaf of bread. Place two of the pieces on top of each other and place the bread on top of the foil.

Fold the sides of the foil around the bottom of the bread to form a bowl that holds the bread tightly together.

Step 6: Top the Bread

Melt the remaining butter and pour it over the bread. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and black pepper on the bread.

Step 7: Add Parley

Finely chop some parsley and add it to the top of the bread.

Step 8: Tent Foil Over the Bread

Place the last piece of foil over the bread and pinch the sides to the bottom piece of foil. Leave a little room in the top by tenting the foil so the cheese doesn’t stick to it once it melts.

Step 9: Bake

Place on the middle rack in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the top piece of foil and continue to bake it for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese has fully melted.

To Make Pull-Apart Cheese Bread You Will Need:

  • Aluminum foil

Steph’s Tips

  • Heat the bread wrapped in foil and only remove the top piece for about 5-10 minutes at the end. If you don’t, the outside of the bread will get too hard.
  • You can place the bread wrapped in foil right on the rack. There’s no need to use a pan unless you want to.
  • Make sure the bread is held tightly together or the cheese will just melt onto the bottom of the bread.
  • Serve the bread while it’s hot. If your dinner isn’t ready, but your bread is, reduce the oven to warm and place the foil loosely on top of the bread until you’re ready to eat it.
  • Make it on the grill. If you don’t want to run the oven and you’re grilling your dinner outdoors, place the bread (wrapped in foil) on the top rack of your grill. Allow to bread to warm up until the cheese has melted.

Pull-Apart Cheese Bread Serving Size

Cheese bread made with an Italian bread loaf will feed at least 8 people. More, depending on how many slices you cut the bread into.

Make Ahead Instructions

The bread can be assembled a day or two ahead of time, wrapped in foil, and placed in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it.

It’s a great bread to prep before a dinner with guests so you don’t have so much to do on the day of the event.

Storage & Reheating Suggestions

  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat by covering with foil and placing in a 350º F oven until heated through.
  • You can heat it in the microwave for a quick treat, but it will be a little chewy.

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8-10 servings depending on the length of the bread
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Servings: 8
Calories: 353kcal

Equipment

  • 3 sheets of aluminum foil about 12 inches longer than the loaf of bread

Ingredients

  • 1 Italian bread loaf substitute french bread
  • 5-7 slices processed swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp finely chopped parsley, finely chopped
  • ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350℉
  • Slice the bread into 1 inch slices.
  • Spread butter on each side of the slices.
  • Fold cheese slices in half to form a triangle and insert one triangle in between each slice.
  • Place the loaf of bread on top of 2 pieces of aluminum foil. Fold the sides up around the bread to form a little bowl that holds the loaf together.
  • Melt the remaining butter and pour it on top of the loaf. Sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese and a little ground pepper.
  • Finely chop the parsley and add it to the top of the bread.
  • Place the last piece of foil over the bread and pinch the sides to the bottom piece of foil. Leave a little room in the top by tenting the foil so the cheese doesn't stick to it once it melts.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Then remove the top piece of foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until the top develops a nice crust and the cheese has fully melted.

Notes

  • You can assemble the bread ahead of time and place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it.
  • Use a processed cheese that melts well. Hard Swiss cheese will not work for this recipe.
  • If you can’t find processed Swiss cheese slices, use a different type of processed cheese slice. I’ve used processed pepper jack and other types of white processed cheese.
  • To reheat, wrap in foil and place it in the oven at 350ºF until the bread is warm and the cheese is melted.

Nutrition

Serving: 9g | Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 491mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 508IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 1mg
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