Your New Go-To Appetizer or Side: Cheesy Garlic Butter Bread

I have found the perfect little side dish for you to bring to potlucks, Superbowl parties, or just a little family party on any old weekend. It is called bubble garlic bread. It is basically similar to monkey bread--but this time we have it baked on a sheet pan with all the cheesy, garlicy-ness you could hope for. This is so perfect for a party because people love to just grab one or two it at a time. People love miniatures, am I right?

If you think about any baby shower or bridal shower you’ve ever been to (or similar party), they are so smart with the treats because they always cut the cute little treats into tiny squares. Before you know it, over the course of the night you’ve grabbed 6 brownie squares, 2 blondie bites, and 3 stuffed strawberries, where you probably never would have grabbed a huge brownie the same size if it were alone, let alone the other treats. People love to take little bites or little tastes of different things. That’s why these are so perfect. I can’t wait for sports again because between bouts of yelling at the tv and grabbing one or two of these here and there, you’ve got yourself a happy belly and no voice. It just doesn’t get better than that! 

With the NBA coming back again soon, I’m going to be ready with this perfect little shareable appetizer that’s going to be magic and disappear before our very eyes within just seconds! We’ve been desperate for live sports around here. We’ve found ourselves watching cornhole. Cornhole, people! We’re desperate. We’ve even starting watching Australian football. It is not like American football or European football. It is almost a combination of football, soccer and rugby. At least it’s really given us something to enjoy since we’re having to learn all the rules of a very intense new sport. We’re ready for NBA again around here and there is no better way to ring in the fresh, new wave of some men playing basketball in an empty stadium than eating gooey, garlicy bubble bread. 

One thing I love about this recipe is that it is quite adaptable. The recipe calls to use canned biscuit dough and cut each biscuit into fourths, but you can also buy a package of ready-made pizza dough, or even make your own favorite recipe and just roll them into little balls on your own. I, myself, used my favorite pizza dough and based on the comments section from the recipe, that is what tastes the best. You can even heat up some marinara to dip in on the side. I love that this recipe has tons of freshly minced garlic in it. That is the best way to go if you are a garlic lover like I am. And while it has seasonings in it, I used some of my very favorite garlic bread seasoning that I always use from Our Best Bites and some fresh garlic, plenty of butter and cheese and they were perfect! 

Feel free to make any tweaks that you know you would love to make these for your family or your next party, whenever that may be! Now give me an N!.......Give me a B!.......Give me an A! NBA!!!! Let’s do this. Go Lebron! Are you excited for live sports again? Or what are you most excited to resume back to normal hopefully soon? Please share in the comments below.

Cheesy Garlic Butter Bubble Bread

It's the ultimate potluck side. Author: Meghan Splawn

Yield: Serves 10 to 12
Serving size: 10
Calories per serving: 199

6 cloves garlic
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 (16-ounce) cans refrigerated homestyle biscuit dough
2 ounces low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup), optional
2 ounces parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup), optional

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.

Peel and mince 6 cloves garlic. Melt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. Add the garlic, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and stir to combine. Remove from the heat.

Unwrap 2 (16-ounce) cans biscuit dough. Use kitchen shears to cut each biscuit into quarters. Roll each piece into a tight ball.

Pour 1/2 cup of the garlic-butter mixture into a quarter sheet pan or 9x13-inch baking pan (preferably metal), then brush the butter on the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Add the dough balls and arrange into tight rows. Pour the remaining butter evenly over the dough balls.

Bake the bubble bread until just beginning to brown, 20 to 22 minutes. Meanwhile, shred 2 ounces mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 cup), and grate 2 ounces Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup).

Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle with the mozzarella and Parmesan. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes more.


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