Easy Pull-Apart Cheesy Herbed Garlic Loaf

Easy Pull-Apart Cheesy Herbed Garlic Loaf
one loaf

  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
  • About 1/4 to ½ cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley or chervil (no stems) or finely snipped fresh cilantro leaves, or ½ tablespoon each minced parsley or chervil and ½ tablespoon each finely snipped fresh thyme, oregano, and basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onion (include some green tops)
  • 1 to 1½ teaspoons minced peeled garlic, or ½ to 1 teaspoon garlic juice
  • Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese or reduced-fat Parmesan or Romano cheese as desired
  • Paprika for garnish

Cut bread dough into 32 equal-size pieces. In a small bowl, combine butter garlic and herbs, mixing well. Spread desired amount of grated cheese in one layer on a sheet of wax paper. Coat each bread piece in butter/herb mixture and then roll in cheese, coating each lightly. Arrange coated bread dough pieces in a greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan or greased 1½-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle any remaining herb mixture over dough in pan. Loosely cover and allow to rise in a warm area (85 degrees F.) away from drafts until doubled in bulk, about 1½ to 2 hours. Bake in the lower third of a preheated moderate oven (375 degrees F.) for 25 minutes. Evenly sprinkle additional grated cheese of choice over top of bread and continue baking for an additional 5 to 8 minutes or until cheese topping is golden brown and bread is done. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika over the top of the loaf. To serve, pull apart individual pieces of warm bread loaf.

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