Goat Cheese Garlic Bread

Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 20 mins

Goat Cheese Garlic Bread is THE best side dish, or even appetizer, for Italian night! This crostini-like recipe, served warm from the oven with mozzarella and creamy goat cheese, will be a new favorite.

Slices of goat cheese garlic bread.

An Easy Garlic Cheese Bread Recipe

This epic Goat Cheese Garlic Bread is such a savory treat. It takes regular garlic bread and adds a gorgeous creamy goat cheese layer that elevates it to a whole new level.

I don’t know what you were planning on having for dinner tonight, but it definitely needs a side of this garlic bread to go with it. Or it could be your pre-dinner snack. Just make sure you incorporate it into your day, because it’s so darn delicious!

This cheesy garlic bread is particularly good during the winter because the creamy, cheesy spread melts into the toasted bread, and each bite warms you up from the inside out! Enjoy this fancy goat cheese twist on a classic comfort food recipe.

Baked garlic bread on a cutting board.

Recipe Ingredients

Grab the following 9 ingredients to start putting this garlic bread together!

  • Italian Bread: a baguette or another sturdy white bread could also work.
  • Unsalted Butter: let it soften before starting.
  • Salt
  • Italian Seasonings
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: these are optional. They add flavor to the bread, but not much heat.
  • Garlic Paste
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Fresh Parsley: for garnish.

Can I use another type of cheese?

Any soft and spreadable cheese will work. Here are some other fun suggestions:

  • Feta Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Gorgonzola
  • Blue Cheese
Ingredients for garlic bread spread.

How to Make Goat Cheese Garlic Bread

This cheesy garlic bread comes together in just 7 steps. You basically slice the loaf in half, mix together the spread, apply it to the bread, and bake! Note: your kitchen will smell amazing, you’re welcome.

Preheat Oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Cut the Bread: Slice the Italian bread in half lengthwise and place cut side up on a large baking sheet.

Mixed garlic bread spread in a bowl.

Mix Seasonings for Spread: Combine the butter, salt, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, garlic paste, and cheeses in a medium bowl and mix together with a fork until evenly combined.

Apply the Mixture to the Bread: Use a rubber spatula to spread the butter mixture out evenly on the cut sides of the bread.

Bread with cheesy garlic spread on it.

Bake: Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges of the bread should “just” start to feel crisp.

Broil: Then turn your oven to a LOW broil and broil bread for 2 minutes until the cheese begins to lightly brown and the edges of the bread really crisp up.

Serve: Remove from the oven and slice and serve warm.

Garlic bread loaf on a cutting board.

Tips for Success

Goat Cheese Garlic Bread tastes even better than it looks, I promise you. Here are some tips on getting the best results with your bread:

  • If Using Salted Butter: you can use salted butter, but make sure to omit the added salt. I find that the goat cheese has a lot of tang and therefore prefer to control the salt in this recipe.
  • Mixing the Butter and Seasonings: I like to use a fork and a bowl to mix the butter mixture, but it can also be done with a hand mixer, stand mixer, or even in a food processor.
  • Where to Find Garlic Paste: Garlic paste is usually found in the product section with the herbs.
  • Fresh Garlic vs Garlic Paste: 3 minced garlic cloves may be used in place of the paste but I think that the pasta gives a smoother and more even flavor.
Loaf of garlic bread with goat cheese

What Goes with Garlic Bread?

Once you have this golden garlic bread, what should you serve it with? Here are some of my suggestions:

  • Pasta: this garlic bread would be the perfect side to a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, or some other pasta in a cream sauce.
  • Soup: garlic bread pairs really well with thick soups, like tomato soup or maybe this Butternut Squash Soup.
  • Stews: it could also go with a hearty stew, like this Chunky Chili!
  • Meat: Might I suggested this best ever baked chicken on the side?
Sliced garlic bread from the oven.

How to Store Leftovers

Any leftovers (assuming you have them!) can be refrigerated for a day or two in an airtight container. However, as with all garlic bread, this bread is best served fresh and warm out of the oven!

Can I Freeze Leftovers?

I wouldn’t store garlic bread in the freezer, as it will probably become soggy. However, if you want to try freezing the cheesy garlic spread by itself in an airtight container for a couple of weeks, that would probably be ok.

A piece of goat cheese garlic bread.

This Goat Cheese Garlic Bread recipe is a favorite cheat night side dish around our house. Honestly, I could probably eat an entire loaf myself for dinner if I allowed myself too. It’s so creamy and loaded with flavor, you won’t be able to resist having another piece!

If you try out this new twist on the classic garlic bread, please let me know if you enjoy this recipe in the comments below. You can even leave a photo to show how it turns out for you at home!

Yield: 8 servings

Goat Cheese Garlic Bread

Slices of goat cheese garlic bread.

Goat Cheese Garlic Bread is a savory twist on a classic appetizer! Made in just 20 minutes, this cheesy garlic bread is sure to be a hit no matter what you serve it with.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Italian bread
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons garlic paste
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the Italian bread in half lengthwise and place cut side up on a large baking sheet.

Bowl with butter, cheeses and seasoning.

Combine the butter, salt, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, garlic paste, and cheeses in a medium bowl and mix together with a fork until evenly combined.

Use a rubber spatula to spread the butter mixture out evenly on the cut sides of the bread.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges of the bread should “just” start to feel crisp.

Then turn your oven to a LOW broil and broil bread for 2 minutes until the cheese begins to lightly brown and the edges of the bread really crisp up.

Remove from the oven and slice and serve warm.

Notes

  1. You can use salted butter, but make sure to omit the added salt. I find that the goat cheese has a lot of tang and therefore prefer to control the salt in this recipe.
  2. The crushed red pepper flakes add flavor but not much heat.
  3. I like to use a fork and a bowl to mix the butter mixture, but it can also be done with a hand mixer, stand mixer, or even in a food processor.
  4. Garlic paste is usually found in the product section with the herbs.
  5. 3 minced garlic cloves may be used in place of the paste but I think that the pasta gives a smoother and more even flavor.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 432Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 678mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

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