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To make this crowd-pleasing Italian-inspired appetizer, simply slice a whole loaf into pull-apart sections and fill with garlic butter, mozzarella cheese, and parsley.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
25 mins
45 mins
1 loaf


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Place the bread on a 12x24-inch piece of aluminum foil, taking care to keep the bread in a loaf shape. Fold the foil halfway up around the sides of the bread. With a sharp bread knife, cut the bread lengthwise in half, cutting halfway down through the bread slices.

  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Brush 2/3 of the butter mixture between the slices of bread. Sprinkle 1 cup of the mozzarella, the pepperoni, and 2 tablespoons parsley between the slices. Drizzle the remaining butter mixture over the top of the bread loaf.

  • Place the foil-lined bread on a rimmed baking sheet. Gently cover bread with additional foil and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

  • Uncover and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes more or until cheese is golden and bread is just browned and crisp on the outside.

  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. If desired, sprinkle with additional parsley and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Cook's Notes:

For easier preparation, omit slicing the bread lengthwise and leave the bread as full slices.

You can use any pizza sauce or marinara sauce you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

275 calories; protein 9g; carbohydrates 25.9g; fat 15.9g; cholesterol 38.3mg; sodium 632.7mg. Full Nutrition