Garlic bread. You might be wondering why we even need a recipe for garlic bread. Mix garlic with butter, spread it on bread, bake it. Done. Well, despite being so straightforward I often get well accomplished home cooks asking me how to make it. Heck, I treat myself to it so rarely that I often question myself when I make it. So I made my ideal version of garlic bread and wrote everything out so that next time I want to make the best garlic bread ever I can just look back at this recipe!
The first step to the best garlic bread is to start with good bread. I like to grab a loaf of ciabatta because once you’re done baking it the edges get a nice crunch to them, but because of the large holes in the bread’s structure is stays soft in the middle. The second secret is to let the garlic infuse into the butter for at least 30 minutes, but preferably longer to maximize and evenly distribute the garlicky-ness.
The final step is baking. We start the garlic bread at a pretty standard heat to melt the butter and toast the bottom slightly, but the trick is to finish it off with the broiler so you can get exactly the amount of crispiness that you want. Not only does it speed up the process, but it ensures that the inside of the bread doesn’t dry out too much.
Listen, it’s hard to go wrong with garlic bread unless you burn it to a crisp, but this is just my method to maximize the best parts. So use whatever bread you prefer and add any extra seasonings that you like. I guarantee there won’t be any leftovers! There never are when it comes to garlic bread…
And if you’re looking for a good recipe to serve with this garlic bread, hop on over to my everyday meatballs and sauce recipe. The sauce is cooked with a cup of red wine, so it’s a great excuse to crack open a bottle and have a glass with dinner.
- 1 loaf ciabatta or french bread
- 1 stick salted butter, softened
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 T. chopped fresh parsley (or 2 t. dried)
- ½ t. garlic powder
- ¼ t. dried basil
- Mix butter, garlic, parsley, garlic powder, and basil in a small bowl. Allow flavors to marry for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 weeks (in the refrigerator).
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Cut bread in half lengthwise and spread both halves evenly with garlic butter. Lay bread, cut side up on a baking tray. Bake 10-12 mins to melt the butter, then broil briefly to crispy and brown the bread to your liking. Do not walk away!! Stay right near the oven and check every 30 seconds or so, as it will only take a minute or two.
- Allow to cool slightly, then cut into 1-inch pieces.