Dairy Farmers of Canada

Cheesy pull-apart bread

Made with hand-stretched cheese that’s made to be melted, this party-sized appetizer makes an impressive entrance and tastes even better than it looks.

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 30 min
Yields 8 Servings
cheesy pull apart bread


  • 1 (700 g) round loaf of bread
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) salsa verde homemade or store-bought (if desired)
  • 10 oz (300 g) Canadian Mozzarella sliced
  • Chopped coriander (if using salsa verde) or parsley
  • Salsa verde (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cilantro
  • 1 can (820 mL) whole tomatillos drained
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
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Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Place bread on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

With a knife, make cuts in the loaf 2˝ (5 cm) deep and 1˝ (2.5 cm) apart. Turn bread and make cuts again to create 1˝ (2.5 cm) squares.

For extra tanginess (optional), spoon salsa verde into the cuts.

Insert lots of Canadian cheese into the cuts.

Cover with aluminum foil and cook in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and cook for 10 more minutes.

Sprinkle with coriander or parsley (if using).

Serve hot in centre of the table and let everyone pull off cubes of bread.

 Salsa verde (optional)

In a food processor, chop garlic with onion and jalapeno.

Add cilantro and process until finely chopped.

Add tomatillos and pulse until combined, but not too smooth.

Mix in lime juice and salt to taste. 

Transfer to a container and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.


Cheese alternative: Canadian Provolone.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 357 Calories
Protein: 18 g
Carbohydrate: 47 g
Fat: 11 g
Fibre: 2.3 g
Sodium: 268 mg
Energy: 18 %
Protein: 1 %
Carbohydrate: 4 %
Fibre: 1 %
Sodium: 17 %

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 1 % / 6 mg
Folate: 51 %
Magnesium: 4 %
Niacin: 4 %
Selenium: 63 %
Thiamin: 49 %
Vitamin B12: 43 %
Vitamin C: 14 %
Vitamin E: 2 %