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Caprese Garlic Bread

A simple recipe for Caprese Garlic Bread, the best garlic bread you will ever eat! 

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Garlic bread has always been a staple in our home. Growing up, my dad would make garlic bread to go with every Italian meal. My dad’s lasagna, spaghetti, and ravioli always had garlic bread on the side. Carb overload? Maybe, but I never complained. Now, every time I am make an Italian meal, I ask Josh if he wants garlic bread to go with. He says yes 100% of the time. I am glad he enjoys garlic bread as much as I do. And since we both eat it, it doesn’t matter if we have garlic breath:)

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I love plain old garlic bread, but we recently gave the traditional garlic bread a makeover. We made Caprese Garlic Bread and let me tell you, this is the BEST garlic bread I have ever eaten. I am putting it in the top 10 recipes we have ever made…ok, maybe 20. I love a lot of our recipes:) This Caprese Garlic Bread is a winner. It deserves a gold medal for sure!

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This garlic bread recipe has all of my favorite ingredients-bread, cheese, tomatoes, basil, and of course garlic and butter! We used Land O Lakes Butter in Half Sticks for this recipe. It is perfect because the recipe calls for four tablespoons, which is exactly one half stick! Perfect! No need to cut a stick of butter in half and have the other half get lost in the fridge.

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We mixed together softened butter and minced garlic. Oh, what a glorious combination!


We spread the bread-hey, that rhymes, with the garlic butter.


We added slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and popped the bread into the oven. We baked the bread for about 15 minutes, until the cheese was melted and starting to brown on the edges.

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We topped the bread with tomato slices, seasoned them with salt and pepper, and sprinkled fresh basil over the tomatoes.

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Next, we added a drizzle of balsamic. We reduced the balsamic vinegar to give it a thicker texture and sweeter flavor.

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And voila-Caprese Garlic Bread! The best garlic bread ever!!

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We cut the bread into thick slices and devoured the loaf. It’s crusty, cheesy, garlicky, buttery, tomatoey, basily, and a tad bit vinegary. I think I just made up a bunch of words, but you’re with me, right? It’s super duper delicious!

If you are looking for an updated version of the classic garlic bread, make this Caprese Garlic Bread. It will change your life for the better. And it is perfect for summer! So fresh and tasty! We are going to be making this garlic bread all summer long. And don’t be worried about garlic breath, just make sure the person you are smoochin’ eats some too. I am sure you won’t have to twist their arm:)

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Caprese Garlic Bread

Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Garlic bread with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic! The best garlic bread you will ever eat!


1 loaf ciabatta bread, horizontally cut in half
4 tablespoons salted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place both sides of the baguette on a large baking sheet with the cut side up.

2. In a small bowl, combine butter and garlic and spread evenly on bread halves. Place the mozzarella cheese slices on top of the bread, making sure the cheese covers the bread completely. Bake the bread for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

3. While the bread is in the oven, make the balsamic reduction. Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring the vinegar to a boil, decrease the heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by about half. This should only take about 5-7 minutes. Set aside.

4. Remove the bread from oven. Top the bread with tomato slices. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Cut into slices and serve.

Disclosure: this post is in partnership with Land O’ Lakes. 

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214 Responses to “Caprese Garlic Bread”

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  1. Kiran @ — June 14, 2013 @ 4:11 am

    Wow! This definitely up’s garlic bread to a few delicious levels :)

  2. Shari — June 14, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    I love the cheese on this garlic read!! Yummy!!

  3. Shari — June 14, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    Clearly I meant bread!!!!

  4. Shari Bennetti — June 14, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    This bread is unbelievable. I know that anything that looks this good has to be better. All of the greatest tastes on earth come together on a great big garlic bread. This is going on my top 10 recipes, and thank YOU again for sharing such a great recipe.

  5. Tieghan — June 14, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    That is my kind of bread! Seriously, it sounds amazingly simple and perfect!

  6. Kim McCallie — June 14, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    I love anything slathered in garlic. This looks like the perfect way to use the plum tomatoes out of my garden.

  7. Alyssa — June 14, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    Looks amazing! I love caprese and melted caprese sounds even more fab :-)

  8. shelly (cookies and cups) — June 14, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    I have been thinking about this ever since last week! Gonna make it this weekend :)

  9. Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 14, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Beautiful! I would make a whole meal of this!

  10. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — June 14, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    This looks amazing, Maria! I know my family would completely devour it! It was so good to finally meet you in Austin, I had such a fun evening at our dinner with Land O’Lakes!

  11. Heather Christo — June 14, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    This is a glorious idea Maria! Without doubt I could eat the whole loaf by myself!!

  12. Christina Gathright — June 14, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    This looks amazing! I think I’ll be making this tonight for me and my little man since my hubby will be gone fishing. He’s one of those strange non tomato eating people :)

  13. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — June 14, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    Gorgeous appetizer!!

  14. Julie @ Table for Two — June 14, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    I want to make this for lunch today. This is so perfect for every party!! It’d be a sure hit :)

  15. bridget {bake at 350} — June 14, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    i want to eat this every day for the rest of my life. Not even kidding.

  16. Arthur in the Garden! — June 14, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Basil, mozzarella, and tomato are the best combination!

  17. Carolyn B. — June 14, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    This looks FABULOUS! I’ve got to try it.

  18. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — June 14, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    I haven’t even had breakfast yet and I want some of this garlic bread! Looks delicious.

  19. Juls — June 14, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try

  20. Kelly @ Life made Sweeter — June 14, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    This looks fabulous! Love how colorful and juicy the tomatoes look! Yum, I could eat this everyday!

  21. Nora — June 14, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    I would prefer the garlic bread toasted so there is not the raw garlic taste!

  22. Sues — June 14, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    What a great idea! This is the most beautiful bread ever!

  23. JulieD — June 14, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Wow!!! I cannot wait to try this!!

  24. Liz — June 14, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Looks and sounds so delicious. Thank you.

  25. This looks like pizza.. love it

  26. sandy headtke — June 14, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    This looks so good will have to try it soon. I love taking ingredients from old standards and making something new

  27. Sheila Oxley — June 14, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    It looks absolutely delicious! We all love garlic bread so this is a must try!!!

  28. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — June 14, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    Wow, this looks soooo good! Great idea and awesome flavors! I think two garlic breaths cancel each other out so no probs there :)

  29. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 14, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    Okay I have to figure how I am going to make this for breakfast because it sounds and looks so fabulous!!! Wow, making my stomach growl.

  30. cassie — June 14, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    This is gorgeous, Maria!

  31. Wow, what a scrumptious idea for garlic bread! It looks so delicious and easy!

  32. marla — June 14, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Such a colorful and vibrant recipe Maria!

  33. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 14, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    Love, perfect use for my summer tomatoes!

  34. Joanne — June 14, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    I feel like this is going to become a staple of my summer! Or of just my life in general.

  35. I could probably house this whole loaf by myself right now!!

  36. Amanda — June 14, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    Seriously dying over this Caprese Garlic Bread, Maria!! I need this in my life right now!!

  37. Jamie @lifelovelemons — June 14, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    LOVELY. This looks SO GOOD!!

  38. Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 14, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    I’m dying over this bread!! I’m trying to detox after last weekend’s decadence, but this is claling my name!!

  39. Christy — June 14, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    You hooked me when you talked about the cheese getting all browned on the edges. Then, the part with the balsamic vinegar made me actually gasp! This recipe sounds heavenly!

  40. Carla @ Carlas Confections — June 14, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    Totally gorgeous garlic bread! I want this right this minute!

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