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This Cheesy Crack Bread is a mouthwatering appetizer that’s like garlic bread made for easy sharing. This pull apart bread is the perfect appetizer for a party including Game Day!

Crack bread made with herbs, pepperoni and cheese

If you’re wondering where the name crack bread comes from, it has two meanings. The first is the appearance of cracks in the surface with fillings inside. The second refers to how irresistible it is!

The good news? Crack bread is surprisingly easy to make. So let’s get started!

How to Make Crack Bread

All you need is a nice round loaf of bread from the bakery or supermarket. It can be any type you like, although white or whole wheat is a good place to start.

Using a serrated bread knife, you’re doing to slice it into a 1-inch grid about three-quarters of the way down (so it doesn’t fall apart). Next, insert pepperoni slices and cheese into the bread:

Pull apart bread with pepperoni

The final step is brushing generously all over with olive oil and Italian seasoning. This step is crucial to keeping it moist and flavorful, so don’t scrimp!

Now wrap it in foil and bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve it right out of the oven for the best cheese pulls!

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This quick tutorial shows how to make crack bread:

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Crack Bread (Pull Apart Bread)

This Cheesy Crack Bread is a mouthwatering appetizer that's like garlic bread you can pull apart pieces for easy sharing. It's the perfect appetizer for any party including Game Day and beyond!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 large round bread loaf
  • 12 slices pepperoni
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • marinara sauce, or ranch or hot sauce, for dipping


  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Set aside a baking sheet.
  • Slice a 1-inch grid into your bread about 3/4 deep.
  • Slide mozzarella cheese and pepperoni evenly into where you cut.
  • Mix 1/2 cup of melted butter together with 2 tsp of Italian seasoning. Brush the outside of the entire bread loaf.
  • Wrap loaf in foil and place on baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
  • Serve hot with marinara dipping sauce and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Crack Bread (Pull Apart Bread)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 417mg17%
Potassium 3mg0%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.01g0%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 180mg18%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Cindy
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crack bread
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