Cheese, Onion and Olive Pull Apart Bread

Quick and easy savory bread stuffed with cheese, onion, garlic, cilantro and olives!  The moreish cheese mixture does double duty as topping on crackers too. Perfect for your Thanksgiving meal!

Quick and easy Savory Cheese bread using Indian herbs with Pillsbury Grand Biscuits and Kraft shredded Mexican Cheese. Perfect for #Thanksgiving
Cheese Onion and Olive Pull Apart Bread
Quick and easy Savory Cheese bread using Indian herbs with Pillsbury Grand Biscuits and Kraft shredded Mexican Cheese. Perfect for #Thanksgiving
A peek into the warm, savory and moreish pull apart bread!

It is 3 a.m here but 1:30 in the afternoon in India so I am wide awake, thanks to my jet lag. I also caught this nasty cold on the flight, so am walking around with a head that weighs a ton!

I hear that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. When did this happen? I was still celebrating Diwali in India!

I quickly realize that I have to plan, shop for and cook the Thanksgiving meal! Yikes!!  So I have had to put on my thinking hat ……yes, on this extra heavy head of mine to find some shortcuts that would not compromise on taste.

My family is crazy about breads and appetizers. So I started with that and was actually able to have this cheese and herb mixture do double duty ! Clever right?  🙂

This savory cheese, onion, garlic, olives, chili and cilantro combination has been a favorite of mine for years now.  It makes a fabulous appetizer- warmed for a few seconds and served right out of the oven! There is something magical about the onion and cilantro aroma and it complements the cheese and olives perfectly!

I decided to use the same mixture as stuffing in the pull apart bread using Pillsbury Grand Biscuits. Easy to make and bake, the spectacular, aromatic and appetizing warm bread, emerging out of the oven, is sure to be a hit with all your family and friends!

Here are the step by step photos to prove how easy this bread is to make and so yummy too!

Quick and easy Savory Cheese bread using Indian herbs with Pillsbury Grand Biscuits and Kraft shredded Mexican Cheese. Perfect for #Thanksgiving
Ingredients lining up!
Quick and easy Savory Cheese bread using Indian herbs with Pillsbury Grand Biscuits and Kraft shredded Mexican Cheese. Perfect for #Thanksgiving
Cheese mixture in between 2 layers of the biscuit
Quick and easy Savory Cheese bread using Indian herbs with Pillsbury Grand Biscuits and Kraft shredded Mexican Cheese. Perfect for #Thanksgiving
A quick dip in the olive oil herb mixture
Quick and easy Savory Cheese bread using Indian herbs with Pillsbury Grand Biscuits and Kraft shredded Mexican Cheese. Perfect for #Thanksgiving
The stacked biscuits ready for baking!

Cheese Onion and Olive Pull Apart Bread

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the cheese Mixture-

  • ½ cup Kraft shredded Mexican cheese
  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/8 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 green olives, pitted and finely chopped
  • 1 small green chili, finely diced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

For the coating-

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1 tube of refrigerated Pillsbury Grand Juniors Biscuits, buttermilk flavor

For topping-

  • Pink Himalayan salt crystal
  • Paprika (optional)

To make the Cheese Onion and Olive Pull apart Bread-

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the cheese mixture and set aside.
  2. In another dish, combine the olive oil, butter, garlic powder and cilantro and set aside.
  3. Separate the tube of refrigerated biscuits in 10 biscuits. Then separate each biscuit into two layers leaving one edge joined- like opening a book.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush a loaf pan with some of the olive oil mixture.
  5. Stuff the cheese mixture between the biscuit layers, close the layer over it, dip in the olive oil mixture and put it vertically in a prepared loaf pan. Repeat with the other 9 biscuits, stacking the layers horizontally.(See photos)
  6. Brush the top with the rest of the olive oil mixture, sprinkle with the Himalayan pink salt and bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.
  7. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees, cover top of loaf pan with aluminum foil, and bake for an additional 8 minutes or until the bread is baked through.
  8. Serve the warm, freshly baked cheese bread right out of the oven!

Note- I use the same cheese mixture on crackers, bake them in the oven for just a few minutes until the cheese melts and top it with the Himalayan salt and paprika. Skip the salt crystals if you are using salted crackers. Serve them warm right out of the oven!

Quick and easy Savory Cheese bread using Indian herbs with Pillsbury Grand Biscuits or Nabisco crackers and Kraft shredded Mexican Cheese. Perfect for #Thanksgiving
Cheese Mixture served on crackers

I am thankful to my jet lag now that I was able to finish my post before sunrise!

I am sharing my pull apart bread at Fiesta Friday co hosted this week by the fabulous duo Antonia @ Zoale and Petra @ Food Eat Love

Happy thanksgiving all!








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  1. How creative Sandhya, and I just love the Indian spices mingled in. I’m sure these are irresistible. I make a similar Christmas wreath around the holidays and it gets devoured in no time. Love the presentation too. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, sure happy to have you back. Would love to see pictures. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Loretta. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too. Are both your beautiful girls coming home for TG?

      1. Yes both girls and one bf coming home for Thanksgiving. Also 2 other couples. Will have 11 at the table, and I’m hosting it, which I love to do. Are your kids home too? Isn’t it just the most wonderful time of the year? Enjoy your time with family and friends Sandhya and Happy Thanksgiving.

      2. Yes my kids are home too and their friends are coming over too. the kids are taking on 2 or 3 dishes and I am cooking the rest. It feels so good to have them home!
        Enjoy with your family.

  2. What a bread! Your family is very lucky! The flavors sounds amazing and a perfect sharing bread. Thank you for bringing this to FF!
    Have a great weekend and I hope the jetlag isn’t too bad still! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Petra! I am honored to get the compliment from a creative chef like you!
      The jet lag is much better. thanks for asking. I am trying to catch up with posts I have missed while I was away
      You must be so busy planning the Thanksgiving meal. Cannot wait to see what creative and yummy recipes you have posted.

      1. hi Sandhya
        Glad to hear that you are getting over the jetlag! We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, so far, we have taken on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Halloween with gusto so who knows? But the turkey will absolutely be cooked at Christmas and a full on Swedish Christmas on the 24th, a lot of food to be cooked!
        You have wonderful recipes. I love reading your blog and always look forward to your next post 🙂

  3. Wow Sandhya, this looks so delicious! I would love this with a bowl of soup! I hope you had a great trip and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Happy Fiesta Friday!

    1. Thanks so much Antonia! You read my mind with the bowl of soup with this bread!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you too, my friend!

  4. Weren’t you just in India a couple of months ago? Or maybe I’m confusing you with someone else 😄 I’m happy you’re back, though, just in time for Thanksgiving. This bread caught my eyes immediately. Sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it! Feel better, Sandhya! 😘

    1. Angie, I just came back last week. I was in India for 2 weeks.
      I still feel the jet lag but when both the children said that they are coming home for Thanksgiving, I am running around like crazy 😉
      I am sure you must be thrilled that your son will be home for Thanksgiving.
      Wishing you all a very happy holiday!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet words Maggie. If you get bread dough, this stuffed bread would taste awesome with it too.

  5. Omg love it i wana to make it in home looking too crispy and tasty i wana to do it thanks for sharing the reciepie with us food blogger😋😋😋😋😋

    1. You are welcome! I have simplified the recipe so it is quick and easy! hope you like it as much as we did. Thanks so much for your kind words.

  6. Absolutely delicious!! Well if you can whip this up with a jet lag !! Wow!
    Take care and I hope you have gotten well by now Sandhya.

  7. That is such an inviting pull apart bread. Using Pillsbury bread is a genius idea to make these – I am definitely going to try this for my family some time/.

  8. I so like the idea of using the cheese olive and onion mixture as a topping for the crackers, not that I don’t love home baked breads. Both are awesome ideas for parties and I can totally relate to the family being crazy about breads.

  9. That’s such an interesting pull apart recipe. Definitely it is a crowd pleaser for any party. Once i made pav bhaji pull apart Pavs, and your version looks yummy and worthy a try.

  10. This one is a quick, easy and yumm cheesy bread recipe with biscuit dough, especially when pressed on time or want to serve different at your get togethers.. Looks so inviting, I will make it soon for my kids.

  11. Oh My! This pull apart bread is looking so heavenly sinful. All those flavors and aroma of garlic and herbs with the deliciousness of cheese is just to die for….simply loving it!!

  12. This pull apart bread with store bought dough sounds absolutely a brilliant way to get a amazing dish on table in no time, especially when short of time. Love your creativity here.

  13. can’t take my eyes off the picture. I love savory bakes. Wish to grab a few and it looks absolutely delicious and super tempting.

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