Three Cheese Braid

This Three Cheese Braid is filled with three ooey, gooey cheeses all baked in a homemade pizza dough. Then brushed with melted butter and garlic.

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This Three Cheese Braid is filled with ooey, gooey cheese and brushed with butter and garlic.

You guys, I can almost make a meal out of this three cheese braid!!  I am just warning you because it is super addicting!!  All that melty cheese wrapped up in my homemade pizza dough then brushed with melted butter, garlic and parsley.  It’s to die for!!!

I have made variations of this throughout the years but I like this one the best.  I like the cheddar in this mix because it just gives it a little something.  It’s a little like the homemade three cheese pizza because I am using the same trio of cheeses but different because the cheese bakes up gooier.  It’s like a perfect package of melted cheesey goodness!  Then dip it into some homemade pizza sauce (so quick and easy!) and I promise you will want to make a meal out of this three cheese braid too!

This Three Cheese Braid is a great appetizer. It's filled with melty cheese and brushed with melted butter and garlic. This Three Cheese Braid is filled with melted mozzarella, cheddar and Parmesan cheese. Then baked in a golden crust and brushed with butter and garlic!

I do realize there were a lot of homemade’s in those last sentences but don’t let that scare you.  If you check out those other posts I have a lot of instructions for making them ahead by either keeping it in the refrigerator or freezer.  And the pizza sauce only takes 10 minutes to make.

This three cheese braid can also be baked in advance then kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.  If you freeze it just place it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw then briefly warm it in the oven to get the cheese all ooey gooey again.  This method isn’t as good as eating it freshly baked but it is still really good and can help save some time which is never a bad thing.  My best recommendation for making this ahead and getting it as fresh as possible would be to make the dough and refrigerate it or freeze it as stated in the dough instructions.

This Three Cheese Braid uses homemade pizza crust to wrap up three cheeses. Baked until gooey and brushed with melted butter and garlic! This Three Cheese Braid is filled with gooey melted cheese and is great dipped in homemade pizza sauce!

This way you can speed things up a little but still have a freshly baked three cheese braid.  Also, if you aren’t sure how to braid the dough I have a couple of pictures and a video clip below the recipe that may help and give you a visual.  Remember things don’t have to look perfect to taste good!!  I like the rustic appearance of things better anyways!  🙂  Hope you enjoy, friends!!

Three Cheese Braid
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
 
Author: Countryside Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1 recipe for homemade pizza dough link found in text above or search homemade pizza dough on Countryside Cravings
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Prepare dough through step 3. Then punch the dough down and place on a lightly floured or oiled work surface. Roll into a 15x11 inch rectangle. Place on a lightly greased large baking sheet.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine the cheeses, mayonnaise, garlic, basil and oregano. Spoon filling down the center of the rectangle leaving room on the ends to fold up.
  3. With a sharp knife cut 1 inch strips down each side of the filling. Then fold each end over the filling before "braiding". To braid take one strip and cross it over the filling then take a strip from the other side and cross it over the filling. (there are a couple of photos and a clip you can watch for a visual below the recipe) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and set braid aside to rest for 5-10 minutes before baking.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. In a small bowl combine the topping ingredients and brush across the top of the braid. Allow the braid to cool for 5 minutes after baking before slicing it. I like to serve this with homemade pizza sauce.
Recipe Notes

Recipes for the pizza crust and pizza sauce can both be found on the Countryside Cravings website.

TO MAKE AHEAD: Bake according to directions then let cool completely. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Or wrap in plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 2 months. To serve: let thaw in the refrigerator overnight then warm it back up in the oven to remelt the cheese inside.

ANOTHER MAKE AHEAD METHOD: Follow refrigerating or freezing instructions for the dough on the homemade pizza dough recipe. Then allow dough to come to room temperature before proceeding with three cheese braid instructions.

This is the link for a video on braiding.

Three cheese braid showing how to braid the dough.

Three cheese braid finished braiding.

This Three Cheese Braid is filled with lots of ooey gooey cheese all wrapped inside of a homemade pizza dough! Then brushed with melted butter and garlic!! Perfect for appetizers, along side any meal or just for snacking!

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