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Korean Garlic Cream Cheese Bread

Four Korean cream cheese garlic bread rolls on a black slate.
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If you haven’t tried Korean garlic cream cheese bread yet, you absolutely should! It’s only the most decadent garlic bread on the face of the earth! A bread roll is smothered in garlic butter and egg mixture and then stuffed with herby well-seasoned cream cheese! If that’s not enough to entice you, the top is covered with parmesan and then baked until everything is melting inside and the top is wonderfully golden brown and crispy!

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What Is Korean Garlic Bread?

One of the most popular Korean street food, Cream Cheese Garlic Bread, is popular for a reason! Rolled in garlic butter and egg mixture, then stuffed with sweet and salty cream cheese filling and baked to perfection, it is truly irresistible! It is garlicky, it is cheesy and it has a slightly unusual (but oh so good) sweetness to it!

One Cheese Cheese Garlic Bread Roll picked up and being torn into half by hands.

Ingredients and Substitutes

Don’t be put off by a long list of ingredients, some of them repeat through the different elements of this Korean garlic bread. What is more, most of the ingredients, you will likely have in your cupboard or find them available even in your corner shop.

  • cream cheese: like Philadelphia, sometimes known as soft cheese. You may choose the reduced-fat option – it works well!
  • garlic: you will need quite a bit of garlic for this recipe, so make sure you have at least 5 cloves in your cupboards
  • seasoning: caster sugar, salt and black pepper.
  • parsley: can be substituted with coriander, if you prefer.
  • spring onion: or scallions, can be replaced with finely chopped chives.
  • butter: use unsalted, or salted and reduce the amount of salt you add to the filling and butter mixture.
  • egg: we use 1 large egg for 4 bread rolls.
  • large bread rolls: we used ciabatta rolls, but burger buns, brioche buns or large dinner rolls will work great in this recipe too.
  • parmesan: optional, but highly recommended for the most decadent garlic cream cheese bread experience.

Method

The Bread Rolls

Cut each bread roll 3/4 through (so the bottom is intact) into 8 wedges (see photos below).

Preheat the oven to a 180°C Fan. Line a baking tray (ideally with a rim) with baking parchment or aluminium foil.

Bread roll cut into wedges with the bottom of the roll still intact.

STEP 1: Make Cream Cheese Filling

Place cream cheese, garlic, caster sugar, salt, black pepper, parsley and spring onion in a small bowl and mix well.

Cream Cheese filling for the korean garlic bread in a small white bowl.

STEP 2: Make Garlic Butter

Melt the butter in a small pan and leave it to cool down slightly.

In a separate large bowl, add the slightly cooled melted butter, minced garlic, salt, parsley and an egg and beat well until the ingredients are fully incorporated.

STEP 3: Assemble & Bake

Roll each of the prepared bread rolls in the butter mixture, then place them on a baking parchment or foil-lined baking tray. Using a pastry brush, get the remaining butter/egg mixture in between the cuts.

Divide the cream cheese amongst the bread rolls, spreading the mixture in between the cut wedges and in the middle.

Scatter some parmesan on top of each roll and place them in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Leave the garlic cream cheese bread to rest for 5 minutes before eating.

What To Serve Korean Garlic Bread With?

Garlic bread is normally served as a snack on its own! It is filling and is just the perfect comfort food to snack on. But if you want to incorporate it into a bigger meal, we suggest pairing it with a light salad, like Summery Strawberry Cucumber Salad or Watermelon Feta Salad With Balsamic Reduction.

Alternatively, serve this Korean bread with a soup (although, ideally a non-creamy soup). Something fresh like pea soup, or a simple watercress soup would work great!

Other Korean Recipes

If you are a fan of Korean cuisine, you are in a like-minded company! We absolutely love Korean flavour combinations. Here are some of our favourite recipes:

Other Cheesy Savoury Bakes

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Four Korean cream cheese garlic bread rolls on a black slate.

Korean Garlic Cream Cheese Bread

If you haven't tried Korean garlic cream cheese bread yet, you absolutely should! It's only the most decadent garlic bread on the face of the earth! A bread roll is smothered in garlic butter and egg mixture and then stuffed with herby well-seasoned cream cheese! If that's not enough to entice you, the top is covered with parmesan and then baked until everything is melting inside and the top is wonderfully golden brown and crispy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine Korean
Servings 4 large rolls
Calories 485 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 160 g cream cheese
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp caster sugar optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 1 spring onion finely chopped

For Garlic Butter:

  • 100 g butter
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 1 egg large

To Assemble:

  • 4 large bread rolls we used ciabatta rolls
  • 10 g parmesan optional

Instructions
 

  • Cut each bread roll 3/4 through (so the bottom is intact) into 8 wedges (see photos in the text above).
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C Fan. Line a baking tray (ideally with a rim) with baking parchment or alluminium foil.

Make Cream Cheese Filling:

  • Place all the ingredients for the cream cheese filling in a small bowl and mix well.

Make Garlic Butter:

  • Melt the butter in a small pan and leave it to cool down slightly.
  • In a separate large bowl, add the slightly cooled melted butter, minced garlic, salt, parsley and an egg and beat well until the ingredinets are fully inforporated.

Assemble:

  • Roll each of the prepared bread rolls in the butter mixture, then place them on a baking parchment or foil-lined baking tray. Using a pastry brush, get the remaining butter in between the cuts.
  • Divide the cream cheese amongst the bread rolls, spreading the mixture in between the cut wedges and in the middle.
  • Scatter some parmesan on top of each roll and place them in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Leave the garlic cream cheese bread to rest for 5 minutes before eating.

Nutrition

Calories: 485kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 10gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 1201mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1525IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Garlic Bread, Garlic Cream Cheese Bread, Garlic Cream Cheese Bread Rolls, Korean Bread, Korean Garlic Bread Recipe
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