Snacks and Appetizers

Cheesy Pesto Pull-Apart Bread

There's plenty of cheese action in this cheesy pesto pull-apart bread. Feed a crowd with this easy 4 ingredient appetizer.

If anyone’s in the mood for an easy appetizer that feeds a crowd, you’re in luck! Today we’re gonna be making a cheesy pesto pull-apart bread that is chockful of stringy cheese and pesto goodness.

There’s really only four ingredients here and you can get them all at the grocery store easy. French bread, butter, pesto and cheese. That’s it.

There's plenty of cheese action in this cheesy pesto pull-apart bread. Feed a crowd with this easy 4 ingredient appetizer.

I did say easy, didn’t I? 🙂

So taking cues from bloomin’ onion bread, this appetizer is fun and easy but packs ten times the cheese power because I used melty Italian cheese instead of cheddar cheese. So expect lots of ooey gooey, cheesy strings.

There's plenty of cheese action in this cheesy pesto pull-apart bread. Feed a crowd with this easy 4 ingredient appetizer.

We begin by cutting the baguette. I used a crusty one because I figured it would be easier to cut. Use a serrated knife to make about one inch cuts diagonally across the bread and cut until it almost reaches the bottom. You’ll want to keep the bottom intact so the bread holds together. Then make diagonal cuts cross-wise in the opposite direction.  This may take some time and getting used to but if I can do it (horrible at cutting bread), you can too!

There's plenty of cheese action in this cheesy pesto pull-apart bread. Feed a crowd with this easy 4 ingredient appetizer.

Melt some butter in the microwave and distribute it evenly along the cuts of the baguette. Then start spreading your pesto. I started off using a spoon but switched over to a butter knife. It gives you more control over the spreading, at least for me.

There's plenty of cheese action in this cheesy pesto pull-apart bread. Feed a crowd with this easy 4 ingredient appetizer.

It’s great if you have two pairs of hands here, one to open up the bread and one to spread the basil. This might be a fun thing to do with your kids! But if it’s just you in the kitchen, that’s okay too. It’ll just take a little longer. I used about half a cup of pesto but if you want a very strong pesto flavor, use one cup instead.

I found the cheese stuffing part to be the easiest. I used an Italian blend with lots of melty cheese because we want strings. Lots and lots of cheese strings! It has mozzarella, provolone, romano, asiago and parmesan cheese. Stuffing the cheese in between cuts ends up expanding the bread a little and this is where it starts looking good.

There's plenty of cheese action in this cheesy pesto pull-apart bread. Feed a crowd with this easy 4 ingredient appetizer.

It’s okay if you’re messy too.

Then you wrap it up in aluminum foil and bake it for 15 minutes completely covered. This will melt the cheese. Then we open up the foil and expose the bread to bake for another 10 minutes. This is to add the crunch factor and is so worth it. Cheese + crunch = best appetizer ever!

There's plenty of cheese action in this cheesy pesto pull-apart bread. Feed a crowd with this easy 4 ingredient appetizer.

Remove from the oven and you’re ready to serve! I advise waiting a couple of minutes, like ten or so for that sweet spot where it doesn’t hurt to touch and eat it but it’s still hot enough for a maximum melty string experience.

And you’re ready to pounce! Just be careful with the oven and don’t burn yourself like Little Ms. Amateur here 😉

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There's plenty of cheese action in this cheesy pesto pull-apart bread. Feed a crowd with this easy 4 ingredient appetizer.

Cheesy Pesto Pull-Apart Bread


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian five cheese blend, shredded

Instructions

  1. Using a serrated knife, make 1″ diagonal cuts across the baguette while leaving the bottom intact. Repeat by cutting it again in the opposite direction
  2. Pour the melted butter in between the cuts of the bread and distribute evenly
  3. Using a spoon of butter knife, spread the pesto along the cuts
  4. Transfer to aluminum foil and generously stuff the cheese in between cuts
  5. Wrap up completely in aluminum foil and bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes
  6. Open up the foil to expose the bread and bake for another 10 minutes to make it crunchy
  7. Remove from oven and let it sit for 10 minutes
  8. Dish and serve hot

Notes

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There's plenty of cheese action in this cheesy pesto pull-apart bread. Feed a crowd with this easy 4 ingredient appetizer.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Dorothy Dunton
    June 10, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Hi Farah! You had me at ooey gooey cheesy! I love all things bread I’m making garlic pretzel knots with Marinara dipping sauce this weekend.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 10, 2015 at 8:08 PM

      That sounds so yummy, Dorothy. Really really yummy!

  • Reply
    Laura
    June 11, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Oh. My. Goodness. This is a dream. That seriously looks like the most delicious snack ever.
    Your blog is my FAVORITE for lusting over foods. It’s so great.
    xo

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 15, 2015 at 2:49 PM

      Hee, thanks Laura. Loving the clothes over at yours 🙂

  • Reply
    Marry An
    June 14, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Your blog is my FAVORITE for lusting over foods. It’s so great. Thank you!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 15, 2015 at 2:50 PM

      You’re most welcome. Happy eating!

  • Reply
    TJ
    June 29, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    I got to your blog from instagram after looking at this gorgeous photo of blooming bread!! you are pure genius Farah!! big shout out from Beijing – 🙂

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 7, 2015 at 8:03 PM

      Hey thanks, TJ! I really appreciate you coming all the way from Instagram to leave me a note 🙂

  • Reply
    kennedy Cole@KCole's Creative Corner
    July 14, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    This looks like the perfect way to incorporate pesto into bread 🙂 And we just so happen to have a loaf of French bread out in the freezer, so I think I am definitely going to have to make this. In fact, I just posted a recipe for Basil Lemon Pesto, and I think it would be absolute perfection on this bread 😀

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 15, 2015 at 2:49 PM

      Good luck with it! It’s insanely easy to make 😉

  • Reply
    Aaron Chow
    July 20, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    I love your blog! You take such beautiful pictures and I’m learning more and more by reading the site. Thank you for putting so much detail and effort into your blog. Thanks so much!

    -Aaron

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 20, 2015 at 1:27 PM

      Thanks for saying that, Aaron. And thanks for noticing the little things 🙂

  • Reply
    Sweet and Savoury Pursuits
    July 28, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    So happy to have just discovered your blog! This bread looks sooo delicious, can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 29, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      Hope it turns out well for you!

  • Reply
    FoodGeekGraze
    August 13, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    i could climb into the top photo and make a feast of it, farah.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      August 15, 2015 at 5:10 PM

      Or a face-plant! Eat it like a beast! Okay, I’m having way too much fun with that mental picture, haha.

  • Reply
    Asia
    February 4, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Hello , i had a question. I was wondering where do I find the pesto spread at?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 4, 2017 at 7:05 PM

      I think I found it in the pasta sauce section of my local grocery store. Good luck!

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