Secret Ingredient Cheesy Garlic Bread

Secret Ingredient Cheesy Garlic Bread #recipe

The travelling continued this weekend with a quick trip home to La Jolla for the chance to relax with my family and my three furry best buddies. We spent some quality time both by the pool and in the kitchen, where my mom shared with me her latest culinary find/addiction in the form of Cheesy Garlic Bread. But this isn’t your average garlic bread. It’s made with a secret ingredient that’s the key to the creaminess: mayonnaise.

I know what you’re thinking. “Ah, yes. The perfect pairing — a bikini and carbs slathered with an egg yolk emulsion and two types of cheese.” But I dare you to stick to just one serving of this gooey, garlicky side. Serve up a slice with a simple spaghetti dish, a citrus-inspired cocktail or make it your main dish as the ultimate poolside snack.

Secret Ingredient Cheesy Garlic Bread

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 10 min


½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup shredded Asiago cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 bunch scallions, chopped, green and white parts divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 loaf French bread


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

In a bowl, combine the softened butter, Asiago cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, mayonnaise, white parts of the chopped scallions and minced garlic. Stir until thoroughly combined.

Split the loaf of bread in half lengthwise and spread both sides with the cheese mixture.

Bake the bread for 7 minutes then place it under the broiler just until golden brown, about 3 minutes.

Top the bread with the green parts of the chopped scallions, cut it into slices and serve.

Recipe adapted from The Los Angeles Times.


27 Responses to “Secret Ingredient Cheesy Garlic Bread”

  1. #
    Culinarication — May 31, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I do my garlic bread similar to this, except I just mince the garlic finely and spread it over the bread, then drizzle olive oil over it and then top it off with cheese. Absolutely amazing. Yours looks so rich and delicious, I’ll have to try it your way one day!

    • Kelly replied: — June 3rd, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

      That sounds fantastic… We’ll have to swap recipes!

  2. #
    Amelia from Z Tasty Life — June 1, 2011 at 2:40 am

    great poolside snack, especially after a few laps ;) Love the styling shot from above with that big kitchen knife

    • Kelly replied: — June 3rd, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

      A few laps, indeed :)

  3. #
    kamran siddiqi — June 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    My family and I will be on my aunt’s boat tomorrow, and I suspect that this will be a very popular snack on our mini-trip from the marina to the beach. Now, I’ve to remember to bring my microplane with me so I’m not stuck mincing garlic the difficult way- with a $3 ikea knife.

    • Kelly replied: — June 3rd, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

      Haha you crack me up, Kamran! And now our email chain has me craving brownies… not a good thing on a Friday afternoon. Can’t wait to try out the recipe!

  4. #
    JulieD — June 4, 2011 at 3:08 am

    This bread looks awesome! Can you believe I have never cooked with asiago cheese before? Your three furry friends are so cute!

  5. #
    ShopCookMake — June 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Cute doggies!

  6. #
    janet Morris — June 8, 2011 at 4:46 am

    my mother was a notoriously bad cook. i remember the time she made tuna casserole and forgot to put the tuna in. the one thing she made that was great was garlic bread and her secret was mayo, haven’t thought about that in years. she just passed away a few months ago i will make this in her honor thanks for the reminder

    • Kelly replied: — June 8th, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment, Janet. My mom shared this recipe with me, so I am so thrilled that you’ll be making it honor of your own mother. Enjoy!

  7. #
    jess white — June 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I never thought garlic bread could look so gooood! im inspired, this one is definitely going in the oven next time i host a dinner!

    • Kelly replied: — June 9th, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

      I promise you won’t be disappointed! I was seriously skeptical about the whole mayo thing, but when I tried it, I swore off ever making garlic bread without it again.

  8. #
    Jeri — October 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I love the photos of your dogs they are beautiful – I’m such a dog lover!! Now – on to the cheesy garlic bread! lol I never really cared for garlic bread, it just seemed “plain” to me – I always made it because everyone else loved it. Now with the cheese, this changes everything! I actually like it and I really could make a meal out of it alone! I wasn’t sure about the mayo and was reluctant to use it but I felt daring the night I made it! It’s a wonderful recipe and a keeper! :)

  9. #
    Christina — July 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Soooo good! I cut the mayo in half, doubled the garlic, used a mix of cheeses I had on hand (Mexican blend, pepper jack and cheddar!) and added a little basil and Italian seasoning. Rave reviews from my whole family! :) Went fantastic with my baked spaghetti. Definitely a keeper!

  10. #
    Yvonne(Bread Fun) — March 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Kelly, Great website “Just a Taste” that’s all it takes. Your garlic bread looks tasty and cheesy. Most of all it looks Delicious and Scrumptious” Awesome

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 8:25 am

      Thanks, Yvonne!

  11. #
    Marla Maxwell — March 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Sounds amazing! I’m going to try this when I make Lasagna Roll Ups this weekend!

  12. #
    Zayna [Miss Measurement] — April 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Ohhhh myyy! Cheeeese. I would have no problem gobbling up the whole loaf poolside with an ice cold Diet Coke. I’m adding this recipe to my new favorite things!


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