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Roasted Garlic Cheese Bread with Rosemary and Smoked Mozzarella works equally well as a delicious appetizer, side dish for a bbq or family meal, or even a meatless entree. 

It’s utterly delicious no matter how to plan to serve it!

A closeup vertical overhead photo of  garlic cheese bread with rosemary sprigs. A BBQ side dish for pulled pork, or chicken.

Today’s quick and easy garlic bread takes advantage of store-bought and toasted Vienna bread which is then topped with oven-roasted garlic, smoked mozzarella cheese, and chopped fresh rosemary. Be still my heart!!

Oven-roasted garlic is so easy and delicious to make that you just might want to make extra to spread on your morning toast…but maybe that’s just me! 😉


**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Cheesy Garlic Bread with Rosemary is available near the end of this post. OR click on the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


A vertical title text image of easy roasted garlic bread with cheese with fresh rosemary on the side

The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

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A closeup overhead vertical picture of garlic cheese bread for a BBQ side dish with golden melted cheese and fresh rosemary.

The flavor of roasted garlic!

If you’ve never tasted roasted garlic, you don’t know what you’re missing. I strongly urge you to try it.

The flavor of the garlic turns mellow, and a little bit sweet.

The roasted and softened garlic cloves are not nearly as pungent and overpowering as raw garlic, and you can actually squeeze the roasted garlic “paste” right out of its paper-like container.

It is quite a lovely thing!

How to make roasted garlic?

  • Slice the top off 2 heads of garlic. (see photos below)
  • Wrap the bottom part of the garlic in a bit of aluminum foil.
  • Discard the top.
  • Drizzle the cut garlic with a little bit of olive oil and a light sprinkling of salt. 
  • Close the aluminum “package” and place the garlic in a preheated (425 degree) oven to roast for 30-40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Unwrap and squeeze the roasted garlic out of its paper shell and use it for any recipe where you want a mild, nutty garlic flavor.

photo tutorial of how to roast garlic


Can roasted garlic be made in advance?


To make this Roasted Garlic Rosemary Cheese Bread a little faster to prepare, plan ahead and roast your garlic in advance of making this recipe.

Once roasted you can store your well-wrapped garlic in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

What herbs can be used in place of the rosemary for this garlic bread?

My suggestions are as follows, but feel free to experiment with some of your favorites;

  • thyme
  • basil
  • oregano
  • sage

Can roasted garlic bread be frozen?


After it’s been baked an fully cooled, wrap it well in foil or plastic wrap and keep in the freezer for up to two months.

Will the garlic cheese bread work for making a sandwich?

Do you even need to ask? LOL

I suggest the following items for sandwiching between two hunks of this amazing cheesy garlic bread;

  • Italian beef
  • Italian sausage
  • turkey slices
  • shredded rotisserie chicken
  • pulled pork
  • pork tenderloin slices
  • thinly sliced cardboard 😉
  • you get the gist!

How to make roasted garlic bread:

  • Use a serrated knife to cut a long loaf of bread evenly down the center, horizontally.
  • Bake the bread, cut side down in a preheated 425-degree oven until golden and toasted.
  • Squeeze the roasted garlic onto the toasted bread and use an offset spatula or butter knife to spread it evenly from one end of the bread to the other.
  • Grate the smoked mozzarella cheese and mince the rosemary.
  • Spread the grated mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, and herbs evenly onto the garlic bread and bake in a 425-degree oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and melted.
  • Serve hot or at room temperature.

Can meat be added to this roasted garlic bread recipe?

Sure thing!

Just make sure the meat is precooked and you’re good to go.

Might I suggest the following;

  • pepperoni
  • cooked Italian sausage
  • cooked chicken
  • cooked smoked sausage
  • cooked pork sausage
  • cooked bratwurst
  • cooked ground beef
  • cooked ground pork
  • cooked ground turkey

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A vertical title text image of a roasted garlic cheese bread cut into slices with rosemary sprigs on the side.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy garlic bread recipe.

Sliced garlic cheese bread with rosemary spears on a cutting board.

Roasted Garlic Cheesy Bread with Rosemary

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
This Roasted Garlic Rosemary Cheese Bread works equally well as a delicious appetizer, side dish, or even a meatless entree. 
4.58 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer or Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 16 slices
Calories 252 kcal


For the roasted garlic;

  • 2 heads garlic
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper

For the cheese bread;

  • 1 loaf Vienna or Italian Bread sliced in half lengthwise
  • 8 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese , shredded
  • 2 tablespoons minced rosemary , fresh
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese , grated
  • black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425-degrees.

To roast the garlic;

  • Cut the heads off the garlic (approximately 1" down from the top).
  • Drizzle the cut garlic with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Wrap the garlic in aluminum foil and roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

To make the bread;

  • Place the bread cut side down on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for approximately 10-12 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven when golden.
  • Squeeze the roasted garlic onto the toasted bread and spread the garlic evenly over the bread.
  • Top the garlic bread evenly with the shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and sprinkle with minced rosemary and black pepper. 
  • Return the garlic cheese bread to the oven and continue baking until the cheese is golden and bubbly (approximately 15 minutes).
  • Slice and serve hot or at room temperature


Tools and equipment;
baking sheet, parchment paper (optional), box grater, cutting board, chef's knife, aluminum foil, serrated knife, offset spatula (optional).


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 230mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11g
Keyword cheesy herb bread, garlic cheese bread
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Two garlic cheese bread halves with rosemary sprigs on a cutting board.


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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Renee, this looks absolutely delicious. I'm going to try this out this weekend because the kids have been badgering me for a Pizza Hut treat and I told them I would make better garlic breads at home. So yeah, this is going to be a test too.

One question: can I use any cheese? I'll need to buy Parmesan.


Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Any cheese will work, Julia. However, the better quality Parmesan you can afford, the better the taste. The stuff in the green can is probably not your best bet, but it will work in a pinch. I've even been known to use a mix of cheddar and Swiss along with the Parmesan and smoked mozzarella. Why not, right? I'm excited to find out how your kids like this. I really think it will be a hit because, let's face it, roasted garlic!! If you're ever in the mood to snap a picture and put it on social media, please tag me. I'm @kudoskitchen all over the place. Thanks so much for the sweet comment. You're going to love this recipe. Have a great day! Renee

Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family


Sunday 26th of January 2020

Thanks, Shadi! Enjoy!

Nellie Tracy

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

SO delicious! Love pairing this with any pasta dish. It gets devoured every time!


Sunday 26th of January 2020

Every. Single. Time. :)

Julie Evink

Thursday 14th of February 2019

What a delicious blend of flavor from the garlic and rosemary! Just when I thought cheese bread couldn't get any better!


Thursday 14th of February 2019

Thanks so much! I'm glad you agree!!


Thursday 14th of February 2019

I loveeee this recipe!! Thanks for sharing


Thursday 14th of February 2019

It's my pleasure. Enjoy!