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Did someone say Garlic Bread? Oh mama, have I got the ultimate Garlic Bread Recipe that you will love! Softened butter stirred together with fresh minced garlic, a few herbs and two kinds of cheese with a little extra hit of garlic from garlic powder! Bring your own Lasagna or Spaghetti and Meatballs!
Garlic Bread Is For Lovers
We all love garlic probably more than the average Joe in my house. So, it’s no surprise that this Garlic Bread goes over really well when I bring it to the table in all its buttery, cheesy glory. The garlic breath is real over here, but thankfully we all cancel each other out and so it’s not *that* noticeable. Ha!
How To Make Garlic Bread
This might be the easiest recipe on the planet. You just have to be careful not to burn the bread under the broiler. For full recipe details see the printable recipe card down below. Here is what you expect when making this recipe:
Make the Garlic Butter
Stir butter, garlic, garlic powder, parsley, cheeses and salt & pepper together in a small bowl.
Cut French Bread in Half + Spread Garlic Butter on Bread
Cut french bread in half lengthwise. Spread garlic butter generously onto the bread, being sure to spread evenly as you go.
Broil – Keeping a Careful Eye On It
Place bread onto foil lined baking sheet and broil on high for 3-5 minutes or until bread is crispy, brown and bubbly. Cool 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Do I Have To Use Cheese?
I love Garlic Bread with cheese which is why I added a healthy half cup of it into this recipe. However, you absolutely can omit it if cheese isn’t your thing.
Do I Have To Use French Bread?
No! You can use just about any loaf of bread as long as it’s crispy. Two great substitutes would be ciabatta or baguette. I have even spread this on just regular sliced bread when in a pinch.
My bread isn’t crispy and I want it crispy. What do I do?
I’ve noticed that some store bought loaves of french bread and “artisan” kinds of bread are being wrapped completely in plastic and then set neatly into their paper bags, making the previously crispy edges softer. If you fall into this camp, I’ve got you covered! Broiling the bread alone won’t give you crispy edges. Here’s how you remedy this problem:
Slice the bread in half lengthwise, keeping the loaf together. Brush the crust with a little melted butter or olive oil. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until the edges are as crispy as you’d like. Then open up the already cut loaf, spread your garlic butter generously and broil as the recipe states. Voila! Perfect garlic bread with those delicious crispy edges.
What To Serve With Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread is a humble side dish to go with Italian Food; mainly pasta. In addition to my aforementioned lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs, here are some of my other favorites to serve together with my Garlic Bread.
- Italian Sausage and Peppers Pasta
- Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta
- Skinny Baked Spaghetti
- Classic Stuffed Shells
- Quick and Easy Shrimp Scampi
- Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells
- Homemade Alfredo Sauce – this is great for dipping too!
Storing Leftover Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread is best stored at room temperature, and will stay fresh for 3-5 days. If you would like it to keep longer, freezing is a good option. To freeze, wrap in bread in aluminum foil and place in a freezer safe airtight bag. Bread will stay fresh in the freezer for 2-3 months.
Love Garlic? Me too! Here are Some of My Favorite Garlicky Recipes:
- Parmesan & Garlic Linguine
- Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread
- Garlic Butter Fries
- Garlic and Herb Baked Cod
- Parmesan Bread Bites
The printable recipe card is below. Be sure to save, print, bookmark or share this recipe to keep it handy! Have a great day, friends! 🙂
Garlic Bread Recipe
- 1/2 cup salted butter softened
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon parsley freeze-dried or fresh
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 loaf french bread
- In a small bowl, stir butter, garlic, garlic powder, salt, pepper and parsley together until well combined.
- Stir in cheeses.
- Cut french bread evenly in half lengthwise and remove any excess crumbs.
- Divide butter mixture in half and spread in an even layer across the two cut sides of the loaves.
- Place garlic bread on foil lined baking sheet and broil on high until brown and bubbly and melted. You may have to move the pan around to get it to broil evenly. Cut into 24 skinny pieces, 12 per side. 1 serving is 2 pieces.