Garlic Bread

garlic-bread

Do you love the aroma of roasted garlic and freshly baked bread? This garlic bread recipe will have you salivating as the flavors of garlic, parmesan, butter, bread, parsley, and onion all beautifully meld together to create a deliciously savory side to serve with just about anything.

Whether you are looking to create a comforting and nostalgic meal or are simply looking for a quick and easy side to serve with dinner in a pinch, everyone at the dinner table will love the addition of this tasty garlic bread.

Recipe Video

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Why This Recipe Works

This delicious garlic bread recipe works because it's full of flavor, highly customizable, and it's a quick and easy side dish to elevate just about any meal.

Featuring a variety of different seasonings, this garlic bread, of course, features garlic as the star of the show. However, by incorporating other elements like onion flakes, parsley, and parmesan, this savory side dish is a perfect balance of textures, flavors, and aromas that transforms an everyday side into an unforgettable delight.

Even if you are unsatisfied with the flavors in the garlic bread recipe, the highly customizable nature of this recipe allows you to infuse your own personal tastes. Experiment with different breads, cheeses, herbs, and spices to make your own unique garlic bread creation.

Additionally, this garlic bread recipe is an excellent quick and easy side dish option when you need a complete and fulfilling meal on the go. You can even prepare the garlic butter in advance to make the process even faster and easier than it was before. Using just a few kitchen staples and 15 minutes of your time is all it takes to create your own tasty version of garlic bread.

Ingredients

Bread:

Your choice of bread when making this recipe is a pivotal factor in crafting the perfect garlic bread. A fresh baguette or Italian loaf, with its crisp exterior and soft center, is the ideal canvass to feature the rich flavors of your homemade garlic butter. For those with dietary preferences, opting vegan-friendly baguette ensures a compassionate twist, while using a gluten-free loaf caters to those seeking a gluten-free option.

Garlic:

As the obvious heart and soul of this recipe, it's important to use quality garlic in order to allow its flavors to really shine. Fresh garlic cloves offer the best flavor, but if you're short on time, minced garlic from a jar can be used as a substitute. However, adjust the quantity to taste, as jarred minced garlic can be stronger.

For an even more complex and smokey flavor, try adding roasted garlic to your garlic butter. Take a bulb of garlic and simply remove any excess peel, ensuring to keep the bulb intact. Cut off the entire top of the bulb to expose the tops of the cloves. Place the bulb on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle olive oil on top. Add a pinch each of salt and pepper, wrap the entire bulb in the foil, and roast for 30-40 minutes at 400F. Once the garlic has cooled completely, gently squeeze the roasted cloves out of the skins. They should come out easily, almost like a soft paste. Mix it in with your butter for a smokey twist, or spread it on the bread itself.

Seasonings:

We've kept the ingredients pretty simple with this garlic bread recipe however, there are a variety of different herbs or spices that you can add to customize the flavors in your garlic bread. Get creative with your garlic bread by adding chopped herbs like rosemary or thyme, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a hint of spice, or add a new twist with some paprika or Old Bay seasoning.

Parmesan Cheese:

Parmesan cheese has always been a top pick to help enhance the allure of garlic bread. Its nutty and tangy notes beautifully complement the roasted garlic and butter, adding delicate notes of umami richness. However, you shouldn't hesitate to experiment with other cheeses. Mozzarella adds gooey indulgence, while aged cheddar introduces a sharper profile. Even buffalo mozzarella or provolone can elevate your garlic bread to new heights.

How to Make Garlic Bread

Step One: 

Cut your loaf of bread into smaller slices and set aside.

Step Two: 

Combine butter, onion flakes, pepper, salt, ground mustard, garlic, and parsley in a bowl and mix until the ingredients are incorporated.

Step Three: 

Generously spread the garlic butter on the pieces of bread and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Step Four:

Bake for 10 minutes at 350F.

Step Five: 

Top with freshly grated parmesan, serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Ensure you keep your eye on the garlic bread while it's in the oven to ensure that you don't overcook it. Garlic can burn easily, so the cooking time may vary depending on the bread you use and how many pieces of garlic bread you are making.
  • Try roasting the garlic before using it in the recipe for a sweeter, mellow flavor.
  • Don't slice the bread all the way through, leave a hinge at the bottom for easy handling and to keep the garlic butter from dripping out.
  • If you want your garlic bread extra crispy, place it under the broiler for a minute or two after baking.

What to Serve With Garlic Bread

The versatile and comforting nature of garlic bread makes it an ideal companion to a variety of dishes. Pair it with hearty pasta dishes, such as creamy fettuccine alfredo or rich sausage marinara, to create a satisfying and flavorful meal. This crispy, buttery garlic bread can complement a broccoli cheese soup as beautifully as it complements a chicken stew, offering a delightful contrast of textures and flavors. For a lighter option, serve garlic bread alongside a fresh caprese salad, allowing the warmth of the bread to balance the crispness of the greens.

FAQs

Can I use store-bought garlic butter for this garlic bread recipe?

While making your own garlic butter from scratch using fresh ingredients truly elevates the flavor of the garlic bread, you can absolutely use store-bought garlic butter if you prefer.

Can I make garlic bread on a grill or stovetop?

Absolutely! Grilling or toasting your garlic bread on a stovetop skillet can yield delicious results. Simply spread the garlic butter on the cut sides of the bread and cook until golden and crisp.

How long can leftover garlic bread be stored?

you can store leftover garlic bread in an airtight container or wrapped in aluminum foil in the refrigerator for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Keep in mind that freezing will greatly impact the texture of the finished product.

To reheat, simply defrost if frozen, the place it in the oven or toaster oven at a low temperature to help restore some of its original texture.

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garlic-bread

Garlic Bread

This golden brown, cheesy garlic bread makes a savory addition to any meal. Ready in just 10 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic bread, garlic bread recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf bread
  • ½ cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley diced
  • 2-4 tablespoons grated parmesan to taste

Instructions

  • Cut your loaf of bread into smaller slices and set aside.
  • Combine butter, onion flakes, pepper, salt, ground mustard, garlic, and parsley in a bowl and mix until the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Generously spread the garlic butter on the pieces of bread and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 350F.
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 461kcal Carbohydrates: 55g Protein: 13g Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 11g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 42mg Sodium: 1076mg Potassium: 199mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 7g Vitamin A: 604IU Vitamin C: 3mg Calcium: 169mg Iron: 4mg

Video

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Notes

  • Ensure you keep your eye on the garlic bread while it's in the oven to ensure that you don't overcook it. Garlic can burn easily, so the cooking time may vary depending on the bread you use and how many pieces of garlic bread you are making.
  • Try roasting the garlic before using it in the recipe for a sweeter, mellow flavor.
  • Don't slice the bread all the way through, leave a hinge at the bottom for easy handling and to keep the garlic butter from dripping out.
  • If you want your garlic bread extra crispy, place it under the broiler for a minute or two after baking. 
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1 thought on “Garlic Bread

  1. 5 stars
    Ist of all Ive gotta tell you, your recipes are the best Ive read & tasted since I got my Pot 2 months ago. Keep it up!!
    Now, I would like to know if I can make a cake in the Instant Pot (PC) from a boxed cake ? Would I change anything? & how long would I cook it for?
    P.S I'm using Duncam Hines white, if it makes a difference.
    Thanks ahead of time

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