Last week I made an impromptu dinner for Dana.  I wanted to make pasta, but I did not have a bread side.  So I looked through my fridge and found an extra pizza dough.  I know, yes, I have pizza dough in the fridge.  I decided to make it into a garlic bread-like swiss roll.  It ended up being the greatest garlic inspired dish that I have ever made.  It is absolutely amazing!!

Garlic Bread Roll

  • 1 pizza dough – (recipe for Basic Pizza Dough)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup whipped butter
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • dash kosher salt

The first step is to make the pizza dough and let it rise till it doubles. Here is a simple and easy pizza dough. If you are running short on time, almost all grocery stores have pre-made pizza dough in the deli section and/or freezer section, or you can always stop by a local pizzeria and purchase the pre-made dough.

Pizza Dough

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Roll out the pizza dough to make a rectangular in shape dough.  Mine ended up being oval, but it came out fine.  Roll it out to a rectangle, roughly 12 inches wide by 18 inches long.

Roll out the dough

Next mix the butter, garlic and salt together.

Whip the butter and garlic together

Spread the butter mixture evenly over the pizza dough.

Evenly spread out the butter mixture

Then top the dough with a light coating of mozzarella.  Now gently roll the dough up like a swiss roll.  Take your time and try not to pinch the dough.

Top with cheese and roll up

One you have it rolled up, place the seem side down on a greased cookie sheet.

All rolled up

Brush the remnants of the butter mixture over the top of the roll.

Brush the top with the remnants of the butter mixture

Bake in the preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  I know this sounds low and long, but it is the only way to fully cook the dough all the way through.

Perfectly baked

When browned, remove the bread from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before cutting.

The slice

Slice into 1 inch wide slices.

Serve with your favorite pasta dish

Serve as a side for your favorite pasta dish.

This was absolutely the best garlic bread that I have ever had.  Completely amazing!!

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


  1. You rock Rex. Alexis has been cooking up a lot of bread on her Egg and we often have extra pizza dough. She just looked at this one and said “bleeping yum!”. And we were already planning on having spaghetti tomorrow.

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