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Cheesy Garlic Bread (+Video)

This cheesy garlic bread is made with butter, fresh garlic, shredded mozzarella cheese and has a secret ingredient that takes it over the top!


This cheesy garlic bread is hands-down my ultimate garlic bread. It’s pretty much a meal in itself. Serve it with some marinara sauce and you have an amazing appetizer. Or pair it up with a favorite dish like my Crock Pot Lasagna, Baked Spaghetti or Stuffed Shells.

Garlic Cheese Bread, sliced on a cutting board with fresh parsley in the background.


This garlic bread has a little secret ingredient that makes it super cheesy and takes it over the top! It’s mayonnaise – yes mayonnaise! I know it sounds weird. But if you really want an amazing treat, you gotta trust me on this. It really gives it so much flavor!

hand holding up a slice of cheese garlic bread.


  • butter or margarine
  • fresh garlic cloves
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • Italian or French bread
  • dried parsley flakes
French Bread, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, butter and garlic


Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Cut loaf in half lengthwise, place on baking sheet.  

French broad loaf sliced in half lengthwise on a baking tray

  In a small bowl combined softened butter with minced garlic. Stir well.

salted butter and minced garlic stirred together in a glass bowl

In another bowl, combine shredded mozzarella cheese with mayonnaise. It’s a bit glumpy (very technical cooking term there.) Just do your best to combine them together with a spoon.

shredded mozzarella cheese and mayonnaise mixed together with a spoon in a glass bowl

Spread butter/garlic mixture on both loaf halves.

garlic butter spread on both half of French bread loaf

Next, spread cheese/mayo mixture on top. I find it easiest to do this part with my hands. Sprinkle with some dried parsley flakes for a bit of color.

mozarella mayonnaise cheese mixture spread evenly across garlic butter on French bread loaf

Bake in 375F degree oven for about 12-15 minutes. Until cheese is melted and bubbly. Cut into slices and serve.

finished, Cheesy Garlic Bread, sliced on a cutting board.


Garlic Cheese Bread

This cheesy garlic bread is made with butter, fresh garlic, mozzarella cheese and has a secret ingredient that takes it over the top!
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8



  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  • Cut loaf in half lengthwise, and put both halves on baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl combined softened butter with minced garlic. Stir well.
  • In another bowl, combine shredded mozzarella cheese with mayonnaise.
  • Spread butter/garlic mixture on loaf halves.
  • Next, spread cheese/mayo mixture on top (I find it easiest to do this part with my hands).
  • Sprinkle with some dried parsley flakes for a bit of color (optional)
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes. Until cheese is melted and bubbly.



  • If your garlic cloves are really large, then you can probably get away with only using 2 cloves for this recipe.
  • I don’t recommend Miracle Whip. Also, I haven’t used any kind of non-cow’s milk cheese or Vegan mayonnaise substitutes so I can’t say how those would turn out. 
Course: Appetizer, Breads
Cuisine: American


Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 36g | Sodium: 483mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: December 2011
Updated & republished: August 2019
Note: This recipe was originally shared with a giveaway. That giveaway has now ended.

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  1. 5 stars
    I can not tell you the number of times i made this since it was first published in 2011. The smell, the taste, the crunch, the cheese, and yes the mayo!!!

  2. I see this is a re-visited recipe. It still sounds yummy but wondering if anyone has tried doing this in their air fryer. If so how did you adapt time and temperature?

  3. 5 stars
    I think the addition of mayo is a great thing for garlic bread. I have been adding it since my mother gave me her recipe many, many years ago!!! Love the bread with any entree!!!

  4. 5 stars
    I have been making something just like this for years now for my family. The only thing that I do different is I put mild cherry peppers on the bread before the mozzarella and then drizzle some of the juice over top then bake. Either way you do it, they are delicious.

  5. Substitute mayo for greek yogurt! I made some garlic bread the other week that had no butter, just greek yogurt and cheese – very tasty

  6. Also try the Smart Balance mayo-type spread. I use it in the place f reg mayo and no one has yet to notice any difference. I also use the soft Smart Balance buttery spread on hot bread, toast, etc. and it is very good…like you said…little changes add up and you still get the flavor..and isn't that why we love to eat????

  7. Sounds so good and healthier than with regular butter. I usually make mine with cheese but I mix the cheese right into the butter mixture. I'll bet the mayo add a lot to it. I will be trying this for sure!

  8. 5 stars
    This is perfect. We had a dinner party at a friends house and I made this and it was GONE. I had people asking for it again. Thank you so much for this!

  9. Hi Casey! I'm glad to hear you at least enjoyed the taste! It could've been the kind of cheese. I've learned over the years that some cheeses just melt better than others. I'm not really devoted to specific brands or anything, I usually go with generic or with stuff I have a coupon for but I gotta say I am kinda in love with the Kraft cheeses that have the cream cheese in it. I think they melt so much better than other cheeses. If I'm just buying shredded cheese to throw in a salad or somewhere I'm not worried about it melting, then I'll go with what's cheap. But if I need a good melting cheese, I do like the Kraft with Philly cream cheese (if I can afford it that week 🙂
    Hope that helps!

  10. Hi! I made this last night; I let it bake for 15 minutes, and my cheese still had a "shredded" texture to it if that makes any sense at all. Has that ever happened to you? Do you think maybe it was the brand of cheese that I used (I used a brand that I have only seen at our commissary so I don't think it is a very popular brand… Cooper is the name I believe)? Other than that it was great!

  11. This is just what I have been looking for. We are having an Italian feast for New Years and I will be making this! And like you I cut soda as you say or pop as we say here in the midwest and it makes a world of difference in your diet.