Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread

Need a great appetizer to share with friends?  This Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is both fun and delicious!

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Need a great appetizer to share with friends?  This Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is both fun and delicious!If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  There is some serious truth in that statement!  Today’s recipe for Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is living proof of not messing with a good thing.  This monkey bread is essentially the same exact recipe I used for these classic Parmesan Garlic Knots…and then again for these Muffin Tin Garlic Knots.  And now I’ve pulled that same, dog-eared recipe out for this Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread.  I guess I just have a problem when it comes to garlic knots!

Need a great appetizer to share with friends?  This Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is both fun and delicious!This recipe is buttery and delicious which makes it the perfect appetizer to nibble on…or pull apart…while watching playoff football games!  Even if you’re not a huge football fan, this Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread makes a great snack for all sorts of occasions.  I spend a couple of nights a week in the winter down at our local curling club, and warm garlic bread is much appreciated after a game.  I speak from experience here!

Need a great appetizer to share with friends?  This Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is both fun and delicious!Curling isn’t the only unique sport out there, either.  Case in point: wife-carrying contests.  Have y’all seen these?  These contests are essentially races where pairs compete to see who can finish a course in the fastest time.  But the catch is that the man has to carry his wife the whole way.  Silly?  Yes.  Absurd?  Absolutely.  But fun to watch?  You bet!  The course features at least one water obstacle…typically a pit of slushy mud.  Can you imagine carrying someone (or being carried) through a big pit of mud?

We saw a clip from a wife-carrying contest on the news recently, and I tried my darnest to get Laura to do it with me.  I even told her we could go out in the backyard and practice a bit.  She just looked at me with a blank stare and promptly turned away.  I guess that meant she wasn’t interested.

Need a great appetizer to share with friends?  This Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is both fun and delicious!And the best part about wife-carrying contests?  The winners typically receive the wife’s weight in beer.  Yes, beer.  Can you imagine if the winning team in the Super Bowl got the weight of the linemen in beer as a prize?  Heck, even the weight of a single lineman!  And you know what goes well with beer?  You guessed it…Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread!  So whether your weekend plans involve watching playoff football games or practicing for the next wife-carrying competition, I highly recommend having a batch of this monkey bread on hand!  Cheers, friends!

Need a great appetizer to share with friends?  This Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is both fun and delicious!

Need a great appetizer to share with friends?  This Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is both fun and delicious!

Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread

Need a great appetizer to share with friends?  This Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is both fun and delicious!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 201kcal



  • Grease and flour (or spray with nonstick spray) a 9” springform or cake pan. Place an oven-safe crock in the center of the pan; set pan aside. (The crock will be replaced with the marinara sauce later. It is used at this stage to “hold” the opening in the middle.)
  • Divide the pizza dough into 12 equal pieces (~2 oz. each).
  • Cut each piece of dough into 3 pieces. Using a circular motion, roll each piece of dough between countertop and palm of your hand until dough ball becomes tight. Place olive oil in a large bowl and then add balls of dough, tossing until well coated.
  • Place an oven-safe crock or container in the center of the pan and then place dough balls in pan around crock. Cover pan and place in a warm location for 1 hour. (Tip: For a warm location, I put the pan in my oven with just the oven light on.)
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Once dough has risen, bake at 375°F for 28-30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.
  • While garlic bread is baking, stir together the melted butter, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, Italian seasoning and kosher salt.
  • Remove garlic bread from oven and brush with the garlic butter mixture.
  • Carefully remove hot crock and fill with marinara sauce for dipping.

Need a great appetizer to share with friends?  This Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is both fun and delicious!

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  1. Haha! I’m shocked that Laura wasn’t up for this. OK that was sarcasm 🙂 No way my husband is carrying me through a mud pit either! But I’m with you on the parmesan garlic monkey bread. (Or really parm and garlic on any kind of bread.) Nothing beats fresh, garlic-y bread right out of the oven!

    1. Yeah, I was shocked Laura wasn’t down for this one. I thought for sure I could convince her to ride on my back through a mud pit. All in the name of beer, right? 🙂 But I guess we’ll just settle for watching sports on tv with some of this monkey bread in front of us. Hah! Thanks, Kelsie!

  2. OMG, if Laura doesn’t want to participate I’ll enter the contest with you and pretend to be your wife. And if we win? Dude, I’m a bit of a chunker so we’ll win a lifetime amount of free beer! I envision Kieran and I entering this contest and start laughing. I bet I would laugh throughout the entire contest. Can you imagine carrying your wife through the mud while she was laughing uncontrollably? My guess is it would make the contest 10x harder!

    Anyway, this recipe looks legit! My mouth is, in fact, watering like a leaky faucet. Pinning!!

    1. Heck yeah! I’m in, Christina! And if we win (highly doubtful), then we can debate whether or not to share our beer spoils with Laura and Keiran (also highly doubtful). 🙂 But I’m right there with ya. I was dying laughing watching these clips. I mean what a silly sport! Let’s just sit back and eat some garlic bread instead, mmkay?

  3. Can you believe I’ve never tried Monkey Bread? I know I would love it I’ve just never had the pleasure. I’ve been indulging in carbs a lot more lately, and can you believe I’m fitter than I’ve been in a long time. I knew carbs were ok, lol. I could devour this entire pan of monkey bread, my mouth is seriously watering. This is perfect for my annual Super Bowl Party 🙂

    1. You’ve never had monkey bread!? Well, we need to fix that, Mary! I have a really tasty cinnamon sugar monkey bread recipe out here, but I decided to go savory since this time in preparation for the Super Bowl party. Carbs are totally ok, too. Laura and I live by the ‘everything in moderation’ mantra, so we totally allow ourselves to eat carbs…just in moderation. And this is an easy one, my friend! You should make it! (Just don’t eat it all before the actual party, ok? Haha!)

  4. What a beautifully versatile recipe – love the sound of parmesan garlic knots, muffing tin garlic knots and this garlic monkey bread – garlic is so delicious especially in combination with bread and is it bad that I fancy this right now even though that I just had breakfast? Not sure my husband would be able to convince me to train for a wife-carrying contest either 🙂

    1. Garlic bread is just one of those things where you can’t go wrong…no matter how you make it! I mean it’s butter, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Talk about a wonderfully delicious trifecta of ingredients right there! I wonder if it’s possible to make a gluten-free pizza dough? Hmmm…mental note to go research that sometime. 🙂 Thanks, Miriam!!

  5. I don’t know what I love more David, your recipes or the commentary that goes with them! I was laughing watching that wife carrying contest video. I can imagine Lynne giving me the same look you got from Laura if I was to suggest that we go in for the contest too. You know, I think if the prize was winning your weight in wine she might be persuaded. But Beer, nah she’s not a great beer drinker! Love the recipe, great as you say for sharing and one of Lynne’s favourites. Have a great weekend!

    1. Haha…wow, that means a lot, Neil. Thank you! I do enjoy trying to make the posts interesting. I mean I figure if I’m gonna sit here and write a post, then I might as well make it interesting, ya know? 🙂 I’m thinking Lynne is a bit more adventurous that Laura. (I mean you guys hiked Hadrian’s Wall Path!) I bet you could convince her to do a wife-carrying contest. And I bet you guys would be a force to reckon with. Then you could post videos of it on your site! I like where this is going…haha! Thanks, my friend, and I hope you and Lynne have a wonderful weekend yourselves!

  6. Wife’s weight in beer??? That’s so funny!! David, I have to say – I could eat a whole lotta this monkey bread! And flavoured with garlic and parm and served with marinara sauce? I mean, what’s not to like? You’re definitely right – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Pinning and trying soon 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    1. Tell me about it, Dawn! That sounds like a lot of beer to me. I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t win one of those wife-carrying contests, but it still looks like a lot of fun. Haha! Definitely give this monkey bread a shot sometime soon. It’s the perfect snack for curling up on the couch on these cold winter days!

    1. Haha…I totally agree, Deepika! As much as I tried convincing Laura to do one of those wife-carrying contests with me, I don’t think I would actually want to do it. But I will gladly sit down with friends and share a batch of monkey bread instead! 🙂

  7. I can’t say I blame Laura one bit! It may be fun to watch, but it’d be the last sport I’d actually want to participate in! I would participate in a bread eating contest 🙂 Especially if it was this garlic monkey bread! Of coarse, I’d want a glass of wine too! I would really wine because I’d want to sit and enjoy every bite 🙂

    1. Hah! I tend to agree with you, Kathy. I don’t think I would actually want to compete in a wife-carrying contest, although it was fun to see Laura’s face as I tried to convince her. 🙂 But a bread eating contest? Now you’re talking my kind of language…especially with a nice bottle of wine there, too! Yum!

    1. Haha! Truth be told, I don’t think I’d really want to do a wife-carrying contest either, Dawn. But it sure was fun to mess with Laura and try to convince her! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend!

  8. Oh my gosh, this sport is actually funny, I just can’t stop laughing.
    BTW this bread sounds delicious. I think I would love to have it along with a cup of coffee.

    1. I totally agree, Puja…what a silly sport! But then again, both Laura and I curl, so I can’t say much about strange sports. (And we love curling, too!) Anyways, this bread is fantastic, and it’s really fun to eat since it’s in pull-apart form. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

    1. Oh, you should totally make this for the Super Bowl, Nicole! It’s the perfect combination of deliciousness…and it’s just fun to reach over and pull off a piece. 🙂 In fact, I’m thinking about making this one again on Sunday. Cheers!

  9. Well, I was wondering how you were going to find a parmesan garluc monkey, and once you did, how are you were going to make bread out of him. What a surprise when I found out what you were actually making!

    1. Hah! Monkey bread is such a strange term. Although I did hear that researchers are on the tail (tail…get it? Hah) of a previously unheard of parmesan garlic monkey deep in the jungle. 🙂

  10. Whoa! Pull apart bread with parm. and garlic!! Pass me this platter please! I love how quick and easy this monkey bread sounds. Wonderful idea to bake this for a get-together this weekend! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Tell me about it, Neha! I love a good pull-apart bread, and adding in the garlic and Parmesan takes this one to a whole new level! Thanks so much for the kind words! 🙂

  11. Hi David,
    I was searching for something tasty to have on my cheat (or should I say treat 🙂 ) day, you had me at parmesan!

    1. Hey Damir! I definitely, 100% support making these for your Treat Day. (Great term, by the way!) Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you really enjoy this monkey bread. Cheers! 🙂

      1. Sooooo, I made it and had some friends over…and now I upped the expectation for the next weekend 😀 I’m off to your breakfast section, need some new ideas 🙂

        1. Awesome!! I love that you made this recipe, Damir…and I love that the bar has been raised. Funny how that works, right?? I wonder if you could somehow do a breakfast twist on this one? Might be kinda hard, but it’s a fun idea. Thanks for stopping back by to comment, my friend!

  12. 5 stars
    So good!! The only thing is that its a little bit too salty so i would use less next time, but besides that, great recipe! My whole family loved it!

    1. Hey Frieda! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment – I really appreciate it. And I’m glad you liked this recipe. It is a tasty one for sure!

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