TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 package (30 ounces) frozen roll dough (24 rolls)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons bacon bits, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 247 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 465mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the parmesan cheese, sesame seeds and basil; sprinkle one-third in the bottom and up the sides of a greased 12-cup fluted tube pan.
  2. Place half of the thawed rolls in pan; drizzle with half of the butter. Sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese mixture and bacon bits if desired. Arrange remaining rolls on top; drizzle with remaining butter. Sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Cover loosely with foil; bake 10-15 minutes longer. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Savory Pull Apart Bread in Country August/September 1995, p51

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EekCoyIck User ID: 5632588 11438
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"I make this bread all the time and everyone loves it!"

susanhinman User ID: 2406164 33008
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"My family and friends LOVE this recipe and request it often! I make it without the basil or bacon bits. Saw it made first at a Taste of Home cooking school (they didn't add basil/bacon at that time) and knew I had to try it. Delicious and goes well with soup for a super bowl party or at a big dinner like Thanksgiving!"

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