Pull Apart Cheese Bread with Salami

5 from 4 votes

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A fantastic, easy and delicious pull apart cheese bread that’s great for the family, when entertaining guests and is perfect to bring along on a picnic or beach outing. This Pull Apart Cheesy Pesto Bread with Salami went over BIG time the other evening. How could they resist, right?

Pesto Salami Pull Apart Cheese Bread. www.keviniscooking.com

Pull Apart Cheese Bread

Sure, you’ve seen countless recipes for stretchy, cheesy bread, the kind you pull apart and devour. But mine is loaded with all sort of goodies besides cheese and garlic!

While I don’t cut up a loaf of bread and insert the goodies, like garlic and cheese, I do use all the usual suspects. I found using refrigerated pizza dough, cutting it into squares and tossing with fresh pesto, mozzarella cheese, pine nuts and chopped salami was the perfect combination. See what I mean… loaded.

As the cheese and oils from the pesto seep into every nook and cranny, it assists in an even browning, which results in maximum crispy edges! Just look at all that cheesy, crunch appeal!

I know I’m supposed to be good and share with you health conscious meals, but every now and then I’m asked to bring something to a party and so the “bad” in me comes out. Not that I can’t bring good things to a party, I guess it’s a chance for me to do something that I wouldn’t eat at home, but know will be a crowd pleaser. Every now and then, you know. 🙂

Pesto Salami Pull Apart Cheese Bread. www.keviniscooking.com

I used a bundt pan so the bottom, sides and inner edges all got that crispy cheesy goodness we all have come to love. You know the one I’m talking about, like on the bits that ooze out and cook up crunchy when making that grilled cheese sammy, or on the edges of a pizza. Delish.

Pesto Salami Pull Apart Cheese Bread. www.keviniscooking.com

It’s almost like a pizza, but it’s not. It’s like the cook got mad and threw everything in a bowl (would that be me?) and hoped for the best when it hit the baking pan. And boy is it ever. I mean melted cheese, pesto and bread. Gimme more!

I loved how the inverted bread looked but decided to to flip it back over to see all the textures that bubbled and cooked on the top. Just me. Either way this tastes and smells amazing. Party food!

Paired with your favorite marinara or pizza sauce for dipping, this pull apart cheese bread is sure to please. Enjoy!

Pesto Salami Pull Apart Cheese Bread. www.keviniscooking.com


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Pesto, Salami Pull Apart Cheese Bread

5 from 4 votes
My Pull Apart Cheese Pesto Bread uses refrigerated pizza dough, is tossed with fresh pesto, mozzarella, pine nuts & chopped salami for one perfect appetizer. Adapted from Sally's
Pull Apart Cheesy Pizza Bread
over at
Good Dinner Mom.
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Set aside a greased bundt pan.
  • Cut the pizza dough into 2" cubes and place into large bowl. Add remaining ingredients to bowl and blend to coat all using your hands.
  • Distribute evenly into bundt pan and lightly drop on counter to shift all contents in pan without pressing with hands.
  • Bake for 28 minutes until the top is golden and crunchy.
  • Allow bread to cool 5 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, slide down into side and go around the cooked dough to loosen. To remove, place plate on top of bundt pan and carefully invert both pan and plate. Next, place serving plate on top and invert again if you want the top crunchy side. 
  • Sprinkle top with chopped basil and Parmesan, if desired. Serve with your favorite marinara or pizza sauce for dipping.



Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.3g | Protein: 18.9g | Fat: 27.4g | Saturated Fat: 9.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12.5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 52.3mg | Sodium: 1089mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 0.9g

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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  1. Hi Kevin, this sounds delicious i wonder could you add peppers and onion to this? cant wait to make this

  2. Holy Shit this is so easy! I love pull apart bread and having salami in it is the bomb! Pizza dough? Totally feeling it! What a great party food and it is so easy!

    1. It’s not for the faint of heart or a low calorie party that’s for sure, BUT it is unbelievably delicious! Thanks for stopping by Jennifer!

  3. 5 stars
    This is the cheesy bread of my DREAMS, Kevin. The hardest part is that if I make it, I have to share!!! 😉

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! Mozzarella, salami, and pesto mixed in this beautiful bread? Sure I’m in! Please let me know when you’re having a piqnic next time (And make sure to have an extra bread for me please cause I’m not going to share!) Well done!

    1. This one is superb if I say so myself. Pine nuts and pesto all mixed in there with cheesy goodness and salami… can’t go wrong. Now if I ever make it up North to visit, which is on my radar, I have a slew of restaurants to try out in Toronto and Vancouver, I will have to let you know!

  5. I adore a pull-apart bread as much as the next person, but your version looks next level Kevin! All that delicious flavour and stretchy stringy cheese!

    1. Can’t go wrong with pesto in there right? Haha, now if I only had your family’s passata to dip in!
      Thanks and have a great week. When is the Big Day happening?

  6. Would you believe I’ve never made pull apart bread?! (What the heck, right? Lol!) I need to, and this one looks perfect. My dad used to make what he called stromboli when I was a kid and it had similar flavors going on…salami, cheese, and I think he included pepperonchini. This looks like the perfect thing for weekend snacking!

    1. This version is my first attempt, albeit the 3rd time I’ve made “this” one. I know stromboli well from a deli here in town. Good stuff indeed.
      Enjoy those beautiful scones with coffee this Sunday (or today!). Thanks Faith.

    1. Thanks Jeff. It was one of those where I should have made 2 to bring. Always leave them wanting more, right? Have a great weekend!

  7. Great party food for sharing, that said, I probably would not want to share it …. This looks absolutely delicious and with the pesto it surely must count as a healthy treat! 😉

    1. Healthy, yes, I like your thinking! A perfect, fresh from the oven (or pop in the oven when you get there) kind of appetizer to bring to a party! Have a great weekend Miriam.