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How can something so simple be so incredibly delicious? Warm toasted bread drenched in melted butter that’s been blended with tangy garlic makes this Garlic Bread the perfect side for any meal.
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ingredients for Garlic Bread
You will need:
- 16-ounce loaf of French bread
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 to 3 tablespoons freshly minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley or 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced (plus more for garnish)
Pro Tip: I always keep a jar of minced garlic in my fridge to make this type of recipe even easier. Half a teaspoon of minced garlic equals one clove.
Substitutions and Additions
Cheese: Why not take it up a notch and top the bread with some ooey-gooey melted cheese? Mozzarella, cheddar, or even a cheese blend would be tasty choices. Add to the bread just before you put the halves under the broiler to melt it.
Bread: You could try some different bread options instead of the classic french bread. Baguettes, Italian bread, or what about rosemary or cheese bread?
Parsley: Instead of parsley, you could use chervil (a milder cousin of parsley), tarragon, oregano, or even rosemary.
How to Make This Garlic Bread Recipe
STEP ONE: Slice a loaf of French bread in half lengthwise.
STEP TWO: Stir together the softened butter, sea salt, minced garlic, and parsley.
STEP THREE: Using a spatula, spread half of the garlic butter mixture onto the bread. Place the two halves of bread back together and wrap them tightly with aluminum foil.
STEP FOUR: Bake in a preheated oven at 425°F for 30 minutes.
STEP FIVE: While the bread is in the oven, melt the rest of the butter mixture in a small saucepan for about 2 to 3 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant.
PRO TIP: Raw garlic can be sharp and bitter. Keeping the bread wrapped in foil and heating slowly gives the garlic some time to cook in the oven, leaving it with a mellower flavor. The stovetop saute also helps toast the garlic a bit.
STEP SIX: Check the bread after 30 minutes, making sure the butter is melted and the bread is hot all the way through.
STEP SEVEN (optional): If you’d like to toast or crisp the top of the bread, place the two halves face up on a baking sheet and place under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or until toasted.
PRO TIP: Watch the bread carefully when under the broiler – it can go from light to burnt to a crisp very quickly.
STEP EIGHT: Brush or drizzle the melted butter mixture over the toasted bread and sprinkle additional minced parsley over the bread if you would like.
PRO TIP: This is a heavily buttered garlic bread. You, of course, can half the amount of butter and/or garlic. The extra drizzle makes for indulgent, buttery deliciousness, kind of like adding extra extra butter on your movie popcorn.
How To Serve
Serve this garlic bread recipe immediately after it comes out of the oven while it is still hot. Try it on the side of our classic Simple Lasagna Recipe or Carbonara Pasta. How about with a bowl of hearty Cheeseburger Soup on a cold winter night cozy at home?
Garlic bread is also tasty dipped in our homemade tomato sauce.
Storing This Recipe
ON THE COUNTER: Store the leftover bread in a large Ziploc bag for up to 24 hours. It is not recommended to keep the bread in the refrigerator.
IN THE FREEZER: If you wanted to make this ahead of time, the garlic bread could be frozen after the third step before baking. Wrap it in foil and freeze for up to 6 months. Let thaw completely before following the rest of the steps above.
REHEATING: Garlic bread can be reheated in the oven. Wrap in foil and warm in a 350°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes until warmed through. Garlic bread will not reheat well in the microwave.
This is the best garlic bread you’ll ever eat! It is such a classic side to complement any pasta dish and this one is just full of garlicky and buttery goodness that is soaked into all the airy pockets of a fresh loaf of bread — comfort food at its best!
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- 16 oz French bread loaf
- 1 cup salted butter softened
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 to 3 tbsp garlic freshly minced
- 1 tsp dried parsley or 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced (plus more for garnish)
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Slice loaf of French bread in half lengthwise.
- Stir together softened butter, sea salt, minced garlic, and parsley.
- Use a spatula to spread half of the butter mixture onto the bread loaf. Place the two halves of the bread together. Wrap tightly with aluminum foil and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.
- While the bread is heating, melt the remaining butter mixture in a small saucepan until the garlic is fragrant about 2 to 3 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, unwrap the bread to make sure the butter is melted and the bread is hot all the way through. TIP: If you’d like to crisp or toast the top of the bread a bit, place the two halves face up on a baking sheet. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes or until toasted.
- Brush or drizzle melted butter mixture over the toasted bread for extra garlic butter.
- Sprinkle additional minced parsley over the bread if desired.