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Keto Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic ‘Bread’ with Eggplant

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If you are obsessed with garlic bread, but you don’t want to max out your carbs intake, this Keto Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread recipe is for you. The surprising thing about this recipe is the whole eggplant which works as a bread substitute.

These eggplants are generously coated with garlic and herbs olive oil then stuffed with grated mozzarella cheese. The result is absolutely surprising.

Each bite is tender, cheesy with a lovely garlic taste. You won’t believe it’s made with eggplant!

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Is Garlic Bread Keto-Friendly?

Classic Garlic Bread is made from a traditional bread loaf, and therefore it contains high-carb wheat flour. A small slice of a typical garlic bread loaf would reach about 50 grams of net carbs!

Compare this with the 3.7 grams per serving with this recipe!

Is Eggplant Keto-Friendly?

Eggplant, also called Aubergine, is a low-carb vegetable with about 5.5 grams of net carbs per 100g.

 

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How to make Low-Carb Pull-apart Garlic Eggplant

It’s very easy to make this recipe if you are craving garlic bread!

Let’s see what ingredients you need:

  • Eggplants – Eggplants are low-carb vegetables. They tend to have slightly higher carbs when cooked, but a fair amount of them are surprisingly in the skin. Don’t eat the skin to reduce your carbs even more!
  • Grated Mozzarella – to bring the perfect melted cheese experience. Mozzarella is a perfectly keto-friendly dairy product.
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic – use some fresh cloves.
  • Cilantro – for a fresh taste.
  • Salt

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Making the Breadless Keto Garlic Bread

To make this breadless garlic bread, all you need is an oven, a knife, and 5 minutes of preparation!

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Start by washing your eggplants thoroughly.

Then prepare a garlic paste by combining olive oil, garlic, and cilantro in a small ball.

Slice the eggplant in half, then cut them in a wafer pattern.

Use your fingers to stuff the interstices with the garlic mixture and the shredded mozzarella.

Repeat several times to make alternating layers of garlic and cheese!

Once all the eggplant halves are stuffed, place the eggplants on a baking sheet and wrap the eggplants in aluminum foil.

This will ensure you get the best baking and will melt the cheese to perfection.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in your oven preheated to 350°F (180°C).

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Tasting the Garlic Eggplant

I wasn’t sure how it would hold together as eggplants can soften very fast when baked in the oven.  But lucky me, the result was exactly what I was hoping it would be.

Big bites of baked eggplants with lots of cheese strings. I actually couldn’t believe it wasn’t bread. It was so soft, and it melts in your mouth as a buttery garlic bread should do.

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It was really amazing. Read the step-by-step instructions below to guide you through this process. It’s a bit messy to prepare, as you will have a lot of marinade and cheese all over the benchtop, but it’s worth it!

Last thing! If you want to make a similar recipe with no-dairy and low calories, just don’t add cheese and instead stuff the eggplant with lots of minced fresh herbs mixed in tomato paste.

Follow the same baking instructions, wrap the eggplant into a large piece of foil and close very well to not let the moisture out. It will be delicious too!

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Low-carb Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic "Bread" Eggplant

cheesy pull-apart garlic bread low carb
3.7gNet Carbs
4.89 from 252 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Net Carbs 3.7g
Fat 20.2g
Protein 8.6g
Calories 262.9kcal
Author: Carine Claudepierre
4 servings
This keto-friendly garlic bread alternative is made with a whole eggplant, stuffed with cheese and garlic. Only 3.7 grams of net carbs!

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Ingredients

  • 2 Eggplants
  • 1 cup Grated Mozzarella
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Clove
  • 4 tablespoons Fresh Cilantro
  • Salt pepper
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Wash the eggplant and dry with a towel or absorbent paper.
  • In a mixing bowl add the olive oil, chopped coriander, finely crushed garlic - I used a garlic press to squeeze more taste. It makes a very thin garlic paste and prevents garlic bites into the mixture. Adjust with salt and pepper if you like.
  • Using a small and sharp knife, cut lines lengthwise into the eggplant but don't cut all the way through the eggplant as you would do for classic garlic bread.
  • Now cut lines perpendicularly to make cubes. Same here, don't cut all the way through, as you don't want to cut the bottom of the eggplant.
  • Use your finger to gently open the cracks between each eggplant cube, and using a teaspoon, insert the garlic oil mixture into each crack. You can also use a silicone pastry brush. It helps spread the mixture to the bottom of each crack and gets the flavors all around the eggplant.
  • Proceed the same way to insert the grated cheese. It's a bit of a messy process and you have to proceed carefully, gently stuffing each crack with cheese without breaking the eggplant cubes.
  • Place the stuffed eggplant onto a long piece of thick aluminum foil paper and wrap the eggplant into the foil. Leave some space on the top not to let the foil stick to the melting cheese. Close well as you want to keep the moisture into the foil paper papillote. Using thick foil paper accelerates the baking process keeping the warmth in the papillote.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the eggplant is soft and all the cheese is melted and runny.
  • Remove from the oven and serve on a plate.
  • Let cool down for 5 minutes before eating as it will be very hot.
  • You can prepare these eggplants 24 hrs before and bake them before serving. Stuff the eggplant, wrap it in foil, and store it in the fridge until needed.
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Nutrition Facts
Low-carb Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic "Bread" Eggplant
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 262.9 Calories from Fat 182
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.2g31%
Saturated Fat 5.6g35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8g
Monounsaturated Fat 11.7g
Cholesterol 22.1mg7%
Sodium 180.9mg8%
Potassium 553.9mg16%
Carbohydrates 11.2g4%
Fiber 7.5g31%
Sugar 3.7g4%
Protein 8.6g17%
Vitamin A 269.1IU5%
Vitamin B12 0.6µg10%
Vitamin C 5.6mg7%
Vitamin D 0.1µg1%
Calcium 165.1mg17%
Iron 0.8mg4%
Magnesium 38.1mg10%
Zinc 1.2mg8%
Net Carbs 3.7g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    28 thoughts on Keto Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic ‘Bread’ with Eggplant
  1. 5 stars
    I have enjoyed reading the comments for this recipe.
    incidentally eggplant is known as aubergine in U.K. we use coriander and buy it in the supermarket as a plant (potted) or in a pack near the chilli peppers.

    • I am French and we also call eggplant “une aurbergine” in French. I am surprise that you also use the same word in England, very interesting ! Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine.

  2. I just baked this and my eggplant did not become soft (well, softer than not cooked, but…) or melt in my mouth. The final result isn’t bad, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Thanks for the recipe and easy to follow instructions. 🙂

    • It probably means that your eggplant was bigger than mine and required a longer cooking time. It is great to check the texture by opening the foil, prick with a knife and see. If it is not soft and moist, close the foil again and return to the oven by extra 10 minutes burst. That is what I would recommend to get the eggplant soften, moist and juicy. Enjoy the recipes on the blog and thank YOU so much for trying out some of them. XOXO Carine.

    • It is not a proper bread but when you are on a low carb diet you don’t eat regular bread. You tend to call ‘bread’ anything that looks like a bread with the same taste without the carbs! That is exactly what this pull appart eggplant garlic bread is about. It taste like garlic bread but there is no carbs!

    • Hi Wanda, I don’t have a slow cooker so I am not sure how it will cook in there. I am worried that a slow cooker soften too much the eggplant and that you won’t be able to pull appart the bites on the top. Let me know if you try though ! I am sure that many others readers would love to use a slow cooker for that recipe 🙂 Thanks for reading the blog and testing my recipes !!! xoxo Carine.

  3. I tried mine with parmesan cheese and it was lovely!!! a full family hit!!! had to bake it longer though, a full 45 minutes! thank you!!

    • Hi Andrea, Parmesan looks like a great combo with eggplant. I must try next time! I guess the baking time really depends on the eggplant size too. I noticed that if I have a hue eggplant it took longer too. Thanks for trying my recipes and sticking around with me! xoxo Carine.

  4. Whenever I have cooked eggplant in the past, I have always peeled the skins…Do you eat the skins too? Do you think it would work good with peeling it? Or would it not cook well?

    • Hi Marlene,

      I love eggplant skin. When it is well cooked in the oven it gets tender and soft. I never tried this recipe peeling the eggplant – I am not sure if the eggplant flesh will hold well without the skin. If you try let me know! It is an interesting experience. Enjoy the recipe on the blog! Carine.

    • Hi Susan, I am sure it will work. It is a great idea and it will even had a lovely taste to the eggplant! It may change the cooking time – you may have to cook the eggplant longer – as olive oil is slightly more moist. Enjoy ! Carine.

    • Hi Teresa, I am not sure where you live but if you are based in New Zealand too I buy coriander from any Pak n Save or Countdown (Woolworth) store. It is usually sold in the fridge where you buy packaged lettuce. You can also buy a plant for few dollars in a plant store. It grows easily in the kitchen. However, if you don’t find coriander I recommend to substitute with parsley or basil. It goes very well with eggplant too. Enjoy!

      • Might be worth noting that coriander leaves are known as cilantro in many parts of the world, I assume that is what is wanted for this recipe? Or rather cilantro seeds are known as coriander?

        • Yes Rob I used coriander leaves but as I am French I did not know that some others part of the world use the word cilantro. I will update that in the recipe for sure! Thanks Rob for this great input 🙂 Carine.

    • Hi Sara, thank you for putting so much effort to write in my birth language! it means a lot to me. Your French is really good! J’espere que vous aimerez cette recette d’aubergine au four. Elle as beaucoup de succes avec ma petite fille de 3 ans. A bientot sur le blog pour d’autres recettes ! Carine.

  5. I have a question.
    How about the bitter taste which is often present when cooking with eggplant unless the slices are salted and drained?

    • Hi Valerie, I never found eggplant bitter and I cook eggplant in many dishes like ratatouille without adding a salt/drain process. In this recipe the eggplant is wrapped in foil then baked. The foil maintain the moisture coming out from the veggie and spread the garlic olive oil flavour from all around the eggplant. It taste absolutely amazing to me, a lot like garlic bread. If you love eggplant try this you will be surprised it is delicious!

      • I too have never salted eggplant [brinjal] I cook slices of eggplant in a flat pan in the oven with garlic butter.
        No bitterness!

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