This Christmas Cheese Bread Wreath is a festive pull-apart, tear-and-share appetizer that will be a showstopper at your holiday gathering.
There aren’t a lot of things more delicious in life than warm bread with melted cheese. Whether you’re looking for an edible center piece or a simple crowd-pleasing dish, you can never go wrong with out Poppy Party Bread or Crescent Pizza Rolls.
Why this recipe works?
If your family is like mine, they can’t get enough cheesy bread. Easy and wonderfully delicious, don’t be surprised if this Cheese Bread Wreath is the first to go.
- Frozen Rolls — Rhodes is the brand we used, but you want to make sure you use frozen dough rolls.
- Cheese — we used both brie and mozzarella cubed to ensure maximum melted cheesy goodness.
- Butter — melted so the rolls will get a delicious browned topped and the sprinkled cheese topping will stick to it.
- Toppings — shredded Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning give this appetizer it’s savory flavor.
- Garnish — Rosemary and cherry (or grape) tomatoes create the wreath appearance. Fresh mint also gives it a festive look as will fresh basil.
Step by Step Directions
Step One — In a large circular baking dish place a ramekin or small oven-safe bowl in the very center. Arrange the frozen rolls around the centered bowl in two layers. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature for an hour or so. Once the dough has risen and is malleable, place a piece of cubed cheese in the center of each dough ball and pinch shut.
Step Two – Allow the dough balls to rise a bit longer, then brush thoroughly, top, sides, and bottom with the melted butter. They should have doubled in size before baking.
Step Three – Mix the Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning together then sprinkle the top of each roll with that mixture. Bake in a pre-heated 375°F oven for 20-23 minutes.
Step Four – Once baked golden brown, remove from the oven and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before garnishing; then serve and enjoy.
- Go sweeter — Use Gruyère, brie, and havarti cheeses, sweetened dried cranberries or pomegranate arils as a garnish, and cranberry sauce or chutney as a dipping condiment. Top with finely chopped cranberries and pistachios or cashews.
- Cheeses — goat cheese, flavored or seasoned cream cheese, or blue cheese will lend a bolder flavor.
- Garlic butter — add a teaspoon or two of granulated or powdered garlic to the melted to increase the savory taste.
- Meaty — Push a small amount of Italian sausage or fresh Mexican or Spanish chorizo into the center of each dough ball with the cheese. Fresh diced deli pepperoni is also a delicious idea.
- Spice — Want some heat? Use some red pepper flakes; roll the cheese cubes in some and add as part of the topping.
We don’t recommend baking these ahead of time, but prepping all the ingredients ahead of time is encouraged.
Marinara or any other thick pasta or pizza sauce is a great option.
Should you find yourself in the rare situation of leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Cheese Bread Wreath
- Baking Pan
- 20 frozen rolls Rhodes, Thawed
- 20 cheese cubes mozzarella, brie, or your favorite
- 2 Tbsp. melted butter
- ½ cup parmesan fresh shredded
- 1 Tbsp. italian seasoning
- baby tomatoes or pomegranates
- rosemary, thyme or sage sprigs
- In a large circular baking dish place a ramekin or small oven-safe bowl in the very center. Arrange the frozen rolls around the centered bowl in two layers.
- Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature for an hour or two.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Once the dough has risen and is malleable, place a piece of cubed cheese in the center of each dough ball and pinch shut.
- Mix the parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning together; set aside.
- Thoroughly brush top, sides, and bottom of each roll with the melted butter. (They should have doubled in size before baking.)
- Sprinkle the top of each roll with seasoned cheese mixture.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20-23 minutes.
- Remove and decorate with herbs and tomatoes or pomegranate seeds or Christmas greenery.
- Serve with dinner or as an appetizer with marinara sauce.
- These are great served with Marinara sauce as an appetizer, or as a show piece for your holiday dinner.
- You can be creative as you want decorating this bread. Use fresh herbs and berries or tomatoes.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.