How to Cook Garlic Cheese Herb Bread on Your Next Camping Trip


Sarah Horn

Cooked right in the fire in a cast iron dutch oven, this garlic herb cheese bread is perfect for a special camp cookout.

Grab your whisky, beer or spiked cider and gather around the fire. It's what fall camping is about. Add this garlic herb cheese bread to the mix and you've raised the bar.

This "recipe" is incredibly easy and can be put together in less than 10 minutes with no pre-cooking. Just pack the loaf of bread with garlic butter and herb cheese, place in a dutch oven and put in the fire. 


  • Bread knife
  • Fork 
  • Cast iron dutch oven
  • Cheese grater (preferably with big holes and small)
  • Tin foil 
  • Two bowls


  • 3 cloves of garlic 
  • 1 tbsp of each: dried sage, dried oregano, dried thyme 
  • 2 tbsp of butter 
  • 1/2 tsp of salt, and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Comte or Gruyere
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese 
  • Round loaf (not sliced) of either sourdough or country levain bread 

Start by prepping the cheese and garlic butter. Use the small holes on the grater to grate the cloves of garlic and then mash them in with the butter in a small bowl. You can also mince the garlic, but I think the grater is easier and less mess. Then mix the herbs, salt and pepper in with the shredded cheeses in a separate bowl. 

Now, cut the bread in a grid pattern without cutting all the way through the bottom. Take globs of garlic butter, I just use my hands, and stick it in the slices in the bread. Do the same with the cheese mixture. 

Put the loaf in a dutch oven that has been lined with foil, so the cheese doesn't burn all over the bottom. Place on the edge of the fire where there's good flames and coals, turning every 10 minutes or so until you're happy with the melt level of the cheese. Usually takes about 35 minutes.

Pull it out of the dutch over by grabbing the foil and let cool for 5 minutes or so. The center is going to be hot. 

Published: November 22, 2016

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