Crusty Cheese Bread Recipe
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Crusty Cheese Bread Recipe

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Your family will love the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of these toasted bread slices, which get a kick from cayenne pepper.—Tanya Brady, Montague, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 loaf French bread (8 ounces), halved lengthwise
  • 3/4 to 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 194 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 340 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic powder and cayenne. Spread over cut sides of bread; sprinkle with cheese. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into slices. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Crusty Cheese Bread in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p16

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"This was possibly the easiest best tasting garlic bread ever. It tastes so good and is so simple to make!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"LOVE this bread! I used a fresh loaf of French bread, cut in half. I used a brush to put the ingredients on the bread and added a little more garlic and cheese. The cayenne pepper really gives it a bite. Fantastic!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"This was delicious using the crusty baquette from the bakery."

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