The crispy flavor of garlic bread outshines regular bread, and there’s lots of great variations on this classic Italian food. What’s the best way to make great garlic bread with just regular bread?
The best way to make garlic bread at home is to butter toast, sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese, and salt with garlic. Brush with olive oil and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
Not only can you make delicious crispy, buttery garlic bread at home, but there’s lots of great variations in recipes out there to tweak the flavor to your liking. The rest of this article will give you steps to making great garlic bread at home.
Preparation and Ingredients
To make homemade garlic bread, you’ll want to make sure you have all of the necessary ingredients on hand. You can make garlic bread from any ole regular bread, but a loaf of French bread is ideal. You’ll also need the following ingredients:
- ½ cup butter
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (1½ teaspoons dried)
- ½ teaspoon salt
Baking Your Garlic Bread
Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, you can preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Combine your butter, oil, garlic, garlic powder, salt, and parsley in a bowl until thoroughly mixed.
Cut the loaf of bread into 1-inch slices (pre-cut bread will do nicely as well) and spread your buttery garlic mixture over each slice. Place each of your slices of bread onto the baking sheet and wrap with extra aluminum foil. Bake until nicely crispified, about 25-30 minutes, and serve.
If you want a different taste to your garlic bread, there are lots of great alternatives to infuse some flavor into the garlic bread. Coat both sides with your garlic-butter paste, one side significantly more lathered than the other, and set aside.
Then grab a non-stick frying pan with a cover and set it on low heat. Let it warm up and place the less coated side directly on the pan. The paste will prevent it from burning. Place all of your bread in the pan and cover to hold the flavor.
Wait one minute and uncover it. Flip the bread and cover again. Once the toast has taken on a golden-brown color, remove and serve. Overall, this should take about three minutes.
Garlic bread is great, but it’s not usually a whole meal in itself. You could make like the Italians and serve it with some classic pasta dishes. Lasagna is a luxurious meal that pairs beautifully with garlic bread. Soups, stews, and chilis are also good compliments to garlic bread because of the difference in textures.
The rich taste of garlic bread also pairs nicely with some lighter choices like salads. You can also make garlic bread the star of your dish by serving roasted Italian meatballs on crispy garlic bread.