Cheesy Pull Apart Bread Bowls are designed for sharing making them the perfect appetizer!  Simply pull apart (hence the name) or tear the pieces of bread off and enjoy.  Toasted bread with melted cheese that’s smothered in garlic and herbs?  Yes, please.  It’s comfort food at its finest!

If you aren’t familiar with “pull apart bread” it’s basically a round loaf of bread that is cut at a diagonal leaving little squares that you stuff cheese, meat, and/or herbs between then cover with melted butter and bake.  Sounds delicious, right?  It is and you’ll be drooling while you wait to dig in!

The recipe can be found here.

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Use a bread knife to slice the round sourdough loaf from side to side in both directions, leaving about 1-inch of space between each slice.  You will create a cross pattern and do not want to slice all the way through the bread.  I recommend cutting slowly and if you mess up, that’s OK!  If a piece of bread rips off, you can stick it back on later before baking.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Place the bread on the baking sheet and stuff cheese between each piece of bread.  You want to fill as much of the “cut space” as possible.

Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl then add the garlic, oregano, thyme, and parsley.  Stir to combine and pour the mixture all over the bread, letting it fall in the cracks.

Cover the bread with aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is warmed through.  Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese all over the top and serve warm.  To eat, simply pull the bread apart and enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

It’s a great appetizer for a party or to enjoy while watching a football game or can be used as a side dish for pasta or salad recipes.  If you want to customize the bread bowl, add some cooked and chopped bacon, substitute a different kind of cheese, or use a combination of cheeses, use sliced cheese instead of shredded (make sure to adjust the bake time), add sliced ham or Canadian bacon, serve with dipping sauces on the side, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

Check out my other recipe here for a Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread Bowl.

Happy Cooking!

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