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. www.keviniscooking.com

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. Holy cow. Those strings of cheese have me seriously drooling all over the place. I need this ASAP!

  2. Salami and pesto make perfect friends. Throw in some cheese and they have an incredible party, which is very obvious in your photos. This looks sooo delicious, Kevin!

    1. Thanks John. I just love basil and the extra pine nuts assisted in more crunch appeal, too. Fresh from the oven melted and baked cheese – one just can’t beat it!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh wowza, Kevin! Feel free to come to my house and bring all the “bad” for you stuff with you! Especially this bread! I love pull apart bread, and I’m totally digging how unique this one is! Love the pesto and salami in here.. and of course all that cheese!! I could eat just this for dinner! Gimme! Pinned! Cheers, buddy!

    1. Thank you Cheyanne, it was worth the extra workout time and hike. The little pops of pine nuts were so tasty in the crunchy cheese. 🙂

  4. Oooh – I sure am a sucker when it comes to “crunch appeal” and it would be so hard to walk away from melted cheese, pesto and bread – with crunchy bits of cheesy goodness thrown in for good measure! This is perfect party food indeed, Kevin – gosh – I wanna throw a party now and invite you and Dave over!

  5. Hey Kevin! Pizza night just got switched up! All that lovely crunchy crust to nibble on! Most pull apart breads just seem too doughy – not yours. I like the addition of pine nuts and the use of salami instead of pepperoni. I always have a jar of Newmans Own marinara in the pantry.

    1. Thanks Dorothy. There is probably more cheese than bread here! While there are pillowy pieces of pesto-ized pizza dough in there it’s the crunchy cheese that makes this. Perfect for dipping and that Newmans Own is a tasty one, have tried it. Have a great day.
      Has Gary taken your guys’ pic yet for me? I’m letting you guys off the hook! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Kev-Vin! (Doubled the V for dramatic effect!) I almost couldn’t sleep last night because of you! I saw your picture on Insta and it was all I could think about! I can’t wait to make this! I can’t keep talking about your pictures – but I just did, didn’t I? All sorts of pinning going on here! 🙂

    1. K to the Double V here, thanks Annie. I was hoping this might tickle your Italian taste buds.
      That IG pic was a good tease, right? LOL. I loved crunching into that bread – just to make sure it was good enough to post. 🙂
      Thanks for Pinning, much appreciated!

  7. I wish I could reach through and grab a bite of that. I may be off gluten, but I am saving this for a cheat day or party.

    1. Thanks Cathy! What is it about stretchy cheese that gets one going? It is so tasty when baked and crunchy, and the edges on this are perfection for any cheese-aholic!
      Time to make some gluten free pizza dough (or purchase)!

  8. Love what you did to this recipe with the salami and pesto, Kevin! And yes, this is perfect to serve at a party because your pictures make me want to eat a half-slab of this beauty myself, so best to share and show restraint. You’ve given me another idea to try with this cheesy bread as well. Years ago, a local “gourmet” pizza joint near us offered an option with pesto, pine nuts and smoked salmon. It was incredible, we still talk about it. I wonder how the smoked salmon would do here. I’ll let you know, but I think I’m serving up the salami version for neighbors this weekend. Good show!

    1. A picture says so much and when I first saw your post I knew I had to put my own spin on it. This version has made 3 parties now to big applause. Thanks Sally! That smoked salmon one sounds darn good to me!

  9. A big YES to crispy cheesy bread! This looks totally delicious and it’s calling my name right now. I could possibly eat every day, but that probably wouldn’t be a good thing for my exercise regime….maybe eat it every other day, lol. Just gimme the whole pan, some marinara sauce and I’m calling it dinner, please and thank-you 😉 Have a lovely weekend, Kevin!

    1. Thank you Dawn, the edges are THE best! Then the soft, doughy bread insides slathered with pine nuts, pesto and the salami. It’s a something I need to be good with because I could eat quite a bit of it with a dipping sauce and call it dinner, too. Glad I’m up @5:15 to workout with Shawn and his T25 DVDs with Dave every weekday. Cheers, have a great day.

  10. Party food for sure! This looks like it’s right up my alley, Kevin. Nice and easy…and more importantly, delicious! Pass me that bread before anyone gets hurt. Please. 🙂 #WolfpackDudeFood

    1. Thanks Dave. Cheesy goodness for sure. Sometimes I add red pepper flakes for a little kick in the pesto, too. Just think of yourself rocking Robbie, watching a game and nibbling on this stuff. Perfect! 😉