Hoagie pull-apart bread is sometimes called crack bread, some call it cheesy bread, and some call this pull-apart bread.
I call it insanely delicious and positively addicting.
This Hoagie pull part bread is like nothing you’ve ever had before. Combining all of the best parts of a hoagie sandwich in one finger food appetizer is this wonderful and monstrous creature. It tastes so good with melted cheese, salty capicola ham, pepperoni, and salami in every bite. Serve alongside a simple pesto dipping sauce and it’s truly incredible. The sauce is simple, store-bought pesto that I jazzed up with a little vinegar and oil. The hot bread immediately soaks up the pesto so each bite hits you with garlic, cheese, salty meat, and fresh basil.
What Is Pull-Apart Bread?
Pull apart bread is a round loaf of crusty bread that has been cut into slices in a way that they can easily be removed by simply pulling or tugging on them. The pockets between these little bread slices are filled with cheese and meats and seasonings so that every piece of bread comes out packed with flavor and deliciousness in every bite. This Italian bread stuffed with meat and cheese is sure to become an instant favorite. Enjoy it the next time you’re watching the game!
For the bread, you will need:
- Round loaf of crusty bread
- Shredded Italian blend cheese
- Capicola ham
- Sandwich pepperoni
- Hard salam
- Dried oregano
For the pesto dipping sauce you will need:
- Prepared pesto
- Olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Hoagie Pull-Apart Bread
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Slice a loaf of bread, vertically, in 1-inch sized strips, being careful not to cut straight through the loaf. Rotate the bread and do it again in the other direction so there are now a bunch of hash marks creating squares on the loaf.
- In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, oregano, ham, salami, and pepperoni. Remove 1/4 cup of it and set it aside.
- Brush the mayo over the bread and into the crevices.
- Carefully stuff the cheese mixture into the bread pockets, being sure to fill in each space.
- Place the loaf into a large piece of foil and pour the melted butter over the loaf.
- Cover and place the bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, open the foil and then top with the remaining cheese mixture that you had set aside.
- Bake for another 10 minutes, this time uncovered.
- Serve with pesto.
- As you cut your loaf, take care NOT to cut all the way through. You want all your pieces to open up, but not fall out.
- Feel free to use what you have in your fridge or what better suits your tastes. Black forest ham or turkey would be wonderful substitutes. In fact, almost any deli meat would work well. Use what you like just be sure to stuff your filling into each crevice. The more you have hidden within the better the pull, you know what I mean?
- While stuffing your loaf, reserve about a 1/4 cup of filling. Wrap your loaf in foil before you put it in the oven. After baking for 20 minutes, open up your foil and cover bread with reserved cheese, then bake an additional 10 minutes. This gives you the cheesiest pull-apart bread!
- Switch things up and make this Baked Brie and Jam Pull-Apart Bread instead!
Can You Freeze Pull-Apart Bread?
Unfortunately, this is not a recipe that does well frozen. Once thawed and reheated the center becomes a rather soggy mess with outsides that are too firm and crunchy to really be enjoyable.
Can You Make Brie Pull-Apart Bread Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can prepare this bread appetizer up to one day in advance. Prepare the bread all the way up to the part where you add butter (do not add butter). Instead, cover the bread well and place it into the fridge. when ready, brush the tops with butter as directed before baking.
How to Reheat Leftover Pull Apart Bread
Take your loaf of leftover bread and place it on a baking sheet. Cover it well and then bake for 1 minute at 350 degrees F or until the cheese has melted and is nice and bubbly once more.
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- 1 lb round loaf of crusty bread
- 1 tablespoon mayo
- 2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese
- 1/4 cup capicola ham, chopped
- 1/4 cup sandwich pepperoni, chopped
- 1/4 cup hard salami, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3 tablespoons butter
Pesto Dipping Sauce
- 1/4 cup prepared pesto
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut loaf vertically into about 1-inch wide strips, taking care to not cut straight through. Cut through loaf horizontally in the same fashion.
- In a bowl, combine the cheese, oregano, ham, salami, and pepperoni. Remove 1/4 cup and set aside.
- Brush mayo into the crevices of the bread. Carefully stuff cheese mixture into the bread pockets. Be sure to fill each space.
- Place loaf in a large piece of foil and pour melted butter over loaf. Cover and place bread in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove, open foil and top with remaining cheese mixture. Bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes. Serve with pesto.
- For the pesto: combine all ingredients in a bowl, serve.
Amount Per Serving Calories 384Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 56mgSodium 815mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 15g