By Christie Vanover | Published April 22, 2014 | Last Updated December 28, 2022
Even though I grew up in the South, I’m not ashamed to use canned biscuits, especially when it turns into a cheesy, garlicky, crunchy coated magical morsel like these Cheesy Garlic Bites.
The concept is simple: flatten each pre-cooked biscuit and wrap it around a fresh mozzarella cheese ball. Pop it in a mini muffin pan and bake.
Each of these cheesy garlic bites is covered in crunchy baked on cheese. The dough is soft and fluffy, and inside is a volcano of melted mozzarella. I used fresh mozzarella ciliegine (which just means cherry size balls). If you can’t find them, just buy a block of mozz and cut it into cherry size cubes.
As for the biscuits, you want to use the in expensive non-flaky kind. They usually come in a 4-pack. The final touch that makes these so scrumdiddlyumptious is the garlic butter white wine sauce that bakes into each bite.
How to prepare Cheesy Garlic Bites
To start, flatten each biscuit and place a ball of mozzarella on top. Then, just pinch the dough around the cheese so it’s surrounded.
Next, saute the garlic and add in butter and wine. I like adding a touch of red pepper flakes, too, for a pop of heat. Roll each biscuit ball into the garlic butter to coat. Save the garlic butter. You’re going to need it at the end.
Place the garlic smothered biscuits in a mini muffin pan with the opening facing up.
Cover with shredded parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Be generous.
You can do everything up to this point and store the biscuits in the fridge, until you’re ready to serve them. Then, heat the oven to 450F and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is brown and bubbly.
When you remove the cheesy garlic bites from the oven, brush with that remaining garlic butter and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and dried basil. Enjoy!
Cheesy Garlic Bites
- 2 cans buttermilk biscuits not the flaky kind
- 20 balls mozzarella fresca ciliegine cherry size or mozzarella cut into cubes
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup white wine
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded
- salt and basil to taste
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Open the can of biscuits. Flatten each biscuit. Drain the liquid from the container of fresh mozzarella. Place a mozzarella ball in the center and wrap the dough around it to form a ball.
- Heat olive oil over medium low heat in a skillet. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add in the butter and stir until melted. Slowly pour in the wine and salt (it may splatter) and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes.
- Roll the dough balls into the butter.
- Place the balls in a mini muffin pan (open side up).
- Combine the shredded cheeses and pile on each dough ball.
- Bake in a 450-degree oven for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Brush with remaining garlic butter. Sprinkle with salt and basil to taste. Serve warm.
This estimate was created using an online nutrition calculator
Hi can’t wait to try these…what kinda biscuits do we use in Canada…seems like all we have is pillsbury
Made these tonight with miniature mozzarella balls, I fried mine….. OMG!! Made up my own marinara sauce and again OMG I just about hurt myself!!!!
Delicious. Have made several times. Cut up the grands if you can’t find the smaller biscuits.
My husband has finally suggested that we try them in the muffin tins upside down. They’ve lightly burned a few different times and we’re now thinking it’s because the dough is so thin on the bottom because of wrapping the cheese in it. We’ll definitely give it another shot. The flavor is absolutely delish. It’s a go to recipe with guests.
Do you send emails about your different recipes? I would enjoy trying them along with the garlic bites.
OMGOODNESS! These were delicious! I used cheddar Jack on the top bc that’s what I had, but followed all other directions. I never knew these cheap little biscuits could be jazzed up to taste gourmet. The salt and basil on top add a nice touch. I made them as a side to my dinner, but family ate them as the main dish. Recipe was relatively quick and simple. Definitely keeping in rotation.
linda gorrell-henson says
Such a great snack with a glass of wine! Looked very classy when I served it with lamb chops /garlic and rosemary , hasselback potatoes and fresh asperagas from the garden. i got so full on the cheesy bites I had little room for my dinner. Stumbled on your site yesterday and love it. Sitting down to share site with others. Thank you:)
From SA. We don’t have that biscuit dough a substitute please
4 pack buttermilk biscuits available at HEB in Dairy aisle.
Open side up ?
Still trying to figure that out?
Hi! May I feature these on my blog? I’m doing an Easter meal post and would love to include this and link it back to your blog.
You bet. As long as you don’t share the full recipe, you’re welcome to use a photo and provide a link back.
Dalton Webb says
That looks really awesome. Can’t wait to try it out. Maybe I can get my mom to make it tonight.
They look so good, I can’t wait to try the
These look amazing! LOVE the super stretchy cheesiness… can’t wait to try them!
Eleanor Hahn says
can they be frozen once they are cooked?
I haven’t tried freezing them. It should work. They would probably be best reheated in the oven vs. the microwave. Please let me know how it turns out, if you try it.
What size can of The biscuits do you use….I’m not sure how you get 20 balls since the can has 8 biscuits in it and you said 2 cans….I saw that someone only had 4 in the can….Are you using the Grands Large buttermilk biscuits and cutting them or something else.
I buy the cans that come in a 4-pack that have 10 biscuits per can. You can see them here: http://www.target.com/p/pillsbury-buttermilk-biscuits-value-pack-7-5-oz-4-ct/-/A-13016438
Is there a substitute for the wine?
Sandy, you could use chicken or vegetable broth instead of wine.
I can’t get the cans of 4 biscuits, could I cut the Grands in half to make it fit in a mini pan.
That should work great. Just flatten them out a bit so you can wrap them around the cheese.
Terry Ross says
Made these for the football game yesterday and they were quite a hit – no leftovers.
I think that next time I will increase the amount of Parmesan and decrease the amount of mozzarella.
Awesome. Thanks Terry.
Erin Corbin says
When you put the ball of cheese in the biscuit, do you completely close the biscuit around the cheese or do you leave the top open? These look delicious – thank you for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to try them!
Erin, I usually pinch them closed, but it’s okay if they’re not fully sealed.
Should I grease the muffin tin???
No need to Janice. The biscuits will be rolled in the butter sauce, so they shouldn’t stick. If you’d like, you can grease the top of the pan just in case the cheese melts over the edges.
Canned biscuits are not available in South Africa – in fact, I have no idea what they are! Is there an alternative (even if it means making the dough myself)? These just sound too good not to be made! Thanks so much!
As I was sitting in line at In-n-out to get a much needed iced tea I was pursuing Pinterest. I moved up in line and accidentally “turned” the page so to speak and these beautiful morsels popped up! I had errands I had to run for about two hours and these yummy things haunted me all the way home. I am home and have printed it out!.
I am now gluten free and will be working on a copy recipe giving you full credit for the idea! And I’ve signed up for your emails. : )
I love the idea of a gluten-free version. I can’t wait to see it. Thanks for sharing!
Can I use mozzarella cheese sticks.
That’s a great idea. They might not melt quite as well, but they would make a decent substitute if you can’t find the small mozzarella balls.
can I use mozzarella cheese sticks cut up. ??
Marie Perry says
I just made the garlic bites,so good, However, mine wern’t pretty and brown, next time I’ll make more garlic butter and bake a bit longer. Thank you .
Thank you,I just found the right size yesterday and tried again, they are awesome! I making them again tonight.
Thank you again
I used the whole biscuit and they were huge, they didn’t make the bite size ones that you show. Did you buy small biscuits?, or regular size?
Don’t use the Grands biscuits. I use the buttermilk biscuits that come in a pack of 4 cans. http://www.pillsbury.com/products/biscuits/pillsbury-biscuits/buttermilk
I would like to make these for a potluck but work early in the A.M. Have you ever tried preparing and baking later?
I haven’t made them in advance, but it should work just fine. Prepare them up to the point where everything is in the pan, and then refrigerate them. Take them out of the fridge while you preheat the oven. You may need to add 5 minutes to the baking time if they’re still cold to make sure all the cheese melts. Have fun at the potluck.
These look so yummy but over here in England we don’t appear to have cans of buttermilk biscuits. I would love to know what the equivalent would be so I could make them.
You could try using any fresh, refrigerated or frozen bread dough. Just pinch the dough into balls, and flatten the balls, so they’re about 6 cm wide and 1 cm thick. Then, follow the recipe accordingly. Good luck.
Thank you so much. I will definitely be trying these 🙂
try making a scone recipe (using buttermilk instead of milk)
These were amazing, quick & simple! Thank you for the concise instructions.
Served mine as an appetizer to Italian food…perfect with wine or beer.
Thanks for taking the time to share GG. So glad you enjoyed it.
Do you use the biscuit whole or cut it up into pieces? These look delicious!
I used the whole biscuit.
Do you use the biscuits whole or cut them up? These sound delicious!
Miss Donna says
This recipe looks absolutely scrumptious!! But I’m partial to homemade biscuits. Is there any reason why it wouldn’t work with homemade? Thanks.
Oh Miss Donna you found a way to make these even better. I’m sure they would be fabulous with homemade biscuits.
What can I substitute the white wine with instead?
You could try using chicken or vegetable stock.
Phil...in Ohio says
We tried it for a side to our game time side and was great Thanks
So glad you liked it.
These were wonderful!! Thank you for sharing.
These look yummy. Can’t wait to try them. If you have an email site where you share your recipes, I would love to join.
Can’t wait to makes cheese bites!
I love love garlic bites and these cheesy garlic bites look too good!
Caroline Garratt says
Wow your recipe is amazing! I love it any Asian recipes? what is Buttermilk biscuits? I do not think we have it in UK! Many Thanks
Thanks so much. If you have any type of refrigerated bread dough (or even frozen bread dough that you thaw) that should work. Or you can make your own biscuits. Here is a recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Buttermilk-Biscuits-104070
I do have a few Asian dishes on my site. Most of them are Filipino dishes. Is there something specific you’re looking for? There is a search bar at the very top of the page. If you type the recipe name in there, it should pop up if it’s on my site.
Oh my gosh, your Cheesy Garlic Bites look amazing!
Thanks so much Merry!