Oh how my family loves Monkey Bread…and the fact that there is a quick way to make it just adds to the beauty of it for Momma.  But what to do when you want to have a little Monkey Bread with your dinner?  Why Garlic  & Cheese Monkey Bread of course!  Especially for an Italian Night dinner…brings a little fun to the table.

And with a little help from a trusted old friend, this is an extremely simple recipe to make your typical garlic bread a little more fun at the dinner table. 

I utilize my favorite garlic spread once again…Johnny’s Great Caesar Garlic Spread & Seasoning.  This stuff is awesome!  And great for more uses other than garlic bread, but today we’re going that route.  What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t tell you where you can get a hold of this treasure?  Some supermarkets may carry it, but I tend to go to my local Costco to acquire this amazingly wonderful mix.  If you do not have a Costco in your area, or have trouble locating some of Johnny’s Great Caesar Garlic Spread & Seasoning, then visit their website at: http://www.johnnysfinefoods.com/

Now back to our previously scheduled program…Garlic Monkey Bread.  I’m going to utilize Pillsbury’s Country Style Biscuits again, because there are just some nights that making your own biscuits just isn’t a top thing on your “To Do” list.  Then also grab a fluted pan and some cooking spray.  Evenly coat the pan with the cooking spray so our monkey bread won’t stick. 
Oh! and I preheat my oven to 375°F.

Take the rolls of biscuits and lay them out for the slicing to begin.

Each biscuit gets sliced in half, right down the middle.  Now, if you were so inclined, you could slice each biscuit into quarters…it just means more coating involved.

Get my biscuits in close proximity of our dunking bowl…with that wonderful Johnny’s Great Caesar Garlic Spread & Seasoning.
 After all of the slicing is done, I give the biscuits a quick toss in the garlic seasoning, making sure to coat all sides.

Then into the pan to form the first layer.

I was going to just make a garlic monkey bread…and then it occurred to me, “Why not add a little Italian cheese?”  Why not indeed!

So the cheese gets mixed in between the little dough balls and the layers.

With a good sprinkling over the top so that we get that nice crunchy toasting when it comes out of the oven.

Now, although this looks ready to go into the oven, we are missing a critical step…

I take my butter and pop it into the microwave just until melted.

Then pour it all over the monkey bread.  The aroma that is released is just mouthwatering…but not yet.

Into the oven it goes for about 25 minutes…which is such a long time to wait when the smell of garlic & butter is in the air.  But it’s worth it!

*DING*  Grab an oven mit or towel, it’s time to get that monkey bread out of the oven! 

Just look at how beautiful that crunchy top is!  And this is just the part that’s going to be face down on our plate.  Forgive me, but when garlic & butter are involved I tend to get a bit excited.

I let the pan cool for about 5-10 minutes (whatever is needed if I’m not using a kitchen towel to help me), then I take a nice sized plate, one bigger than the ring of the pan…

Hold the plate to the pan with both hands…

And with one quick movement, turn the whole thing over so that my bread can now plop down onto the plate.  (which it does with ease)

After giving it about 2 minutes to rest, I pull the pan off to reveal our garlicky monkey bread!  Golden, crunchy, cheesy, garlicky goodness…Mmmmmm!

Cheesy Garlic Monkey Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 40 pieces
Serves: 6-8 people

Ingredients:

2 rolls of Pillsbury Country Style Biscuits (20 biscuits)
5 Tbsp. Johnny’s Great Caesar Garlic Spread & Seasoning
1/2 cup Italian Cheese Blend, finely shredded
5 Tbs. Butter, melted

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. 
Prepare pan with a light coating of cooking spray.

Take individual biscuits and slice each in half, making half disks.
In a small bowl add garlic seasoning.
Roll biscuit pieces in garlic seasoning until evenly coated.

Place coated biscuits into baking pan to form a bottom layer.
Sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese, working the cheese in between the biscuits.
Repeat for 2nd layer of biscuits using half of the remaining cheese.

In a microwave safe bowl or cup, melt butter for 20-30 seconds on high.
Top monkey bread with remaining cheese.
Pour butter over all of the biscuits, being sure to cover each one.

Place in oven and bake for 22-25 minutes (depending on your oven). 
The biscuits should be firm when finished baking.
Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before inverting onto a serving dish.
Pull apart to enjoy!

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4 Responses to “Cheesy Garlic Monkey Bread”

  1. Marsha the Foodie
    8:17 pm on March 27th, 2010

    I’m sure I’m not saying anything new around here but well done. I’ll try this soon.

  2. Shamrocks and Shenanigans
    4:34 pm on April 16th, 2010

    My Gram used to make something similar when I was a kid but I think she used the frozen dough (as I dont think we had refrigerator biscuits in the 70s) but the smell to this day haunts me…so I will be trying this. I have to get that smell back in my kitchen lol
    Shamrocks and Shenanigans

  3. The Healthy Apron
    10:31 am on May 10th, 2010

    hah wow this looks delicious!

  4. Corporate Slave
    10:29 am on May 26th, 2010

    Bravo!!! You get 5 gold stars for presentation and delivery of this recipe. I will be trying it this holiday weekend when we have friends over. Thank you for all the detailed pictures!