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Cheesy Parmesan Garlic Bread

Where are all my garlic lovers at!? If you silently nodded your head yes then this is your recipe. This cheesy parmesan garlic bread is a great staple to have in your repertoire. It’s garlicky, but not pungent, cheesy, but not heavy, and just a little sharp and tangy. If you really like garlic and are looking for another garlic recipe check out my recipe for Garlic Confit.

*This post is sponsored by Lifeway, as always all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for your support!

I have countless ways of making garlic bread, but this one, which requires you to make a garlicky buttery spread is probably my favorite method. Why? Well it’s easy, and it’s a great recipe to make in advance and store in the fridge (for up to 5 days) until you are ready to bake up some garlic bread. This particular garlic bread spread gets its cheesy and slightly tangy flavor from Lifeway Farmers Cheese. If you are unfamiliar with farmers cheese it is a cultured soft cheese. Think similar to ricotta in texture, but slightly more acidic. It is a great cheese to use in spreads, or even sweet desserts. To learn more about Lifeway Farmers Cheese check out their SITE.

Lifeway farmers cheese

Hello roasted garlic. Literally one of my favorite staples to make. Is it time consuming yes. Is it worth it, absolutely yes. There are so many different ways to roast garlic. The easiest? Cut the tops off of full garlic bulbs, pour 1 Tbsp of olive oil on the top, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap the bulb in aluminum foil and roast on 400 degrees for 45 min to an hour until it is fragrant and soft. The result is creamy, sweet, and smooth garlic perfect for dressings, spreads, or garlic bread.

What You’ll Need For Cheesy Parmesan Garlic Bread

  • French Bread – Sure you can spread this cheesy garlic spread on any kind of bread, but choose a sturdy bread that will hold up such as a french baguette.
  • Lifeway Farmers Cheese
  • Butter
  • Parmesan Cheese – Both for the spread AND the topping. If you are looking for a more stringy melty top, swap out the cup and a half of Parmesan for mozzarella.
  • Garlic– Full bulbs of garlic. As stated above this recipe uses whole roasted garlic. The process of roasting whole garlic bulbs is easy but time consuming. However the result is worth the time. What you are left with is a sweet and smooth garlic flavor, not pungent and sharp garlic flavor that will linger all day.
  • Garlic Powder & Onion Powder
  • Chili Flakes– optional* i put it in everything
  • Parsley – optional*
spread for cheesy parmesan garlic bread
cheesy parmesan garlic bread

A Few Tips

  • Get creative and feel free to switch out the secondary cheese! While the farmers cheese is necessary to create the flavorful cheesy spread, swap out the parm for a meltier cheese if you are looking for that stringy cheesy garlic bread.

Cheesy Parmesan Garlic Bread

Print Recipe
It's garlicky, but not pungent, cheesy, but not heavy.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Cheese, Garlic Bread
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 people


Roasted Garlic

  • 2 bulbs garlic whole bulbs tops cut off
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Garlic Bread Spread

  • 1 stick butter salted, room temp
  • 3/4 cup Lifeway Farmers Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • 1 pinch chili flakes optional
  • 1 french bagette cut lengthwise


Roasted Garlic

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Cut the tops off the garlic bulbs, and place each one on a sheet of aluminum foil.
  • Drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil over the top of each bulb, add a pinch of salt and a few cracks of pepper and wrap tightly in the foil. Roast in the oven for 45 min to 1 hour until garlic is fragrant and soft.
  • Garlic can be used immediately or stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Garlic Bread Spread

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a bowl squeeze the roasted garlic out of the bulbs and combine with butter, farmers cheese, 1/2 cup of parm, garlic and onion powder, optional flaked, salt, and pepper.
  • Spread generously on the bread and top with 1 cup of parm ( or another meltier cheese if subbing out).
  • Bake open faced on sheet pan for 10 minutes until cheese begins to brown ( or melt ). Enjoy!

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