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How Do You Make Garlic Bread?

How to Make Garlic Bread Without a Recipe

By far, the best part of going to eat American-Italian is ordering a basket of butter-drenched garlic bread. But the garlicky toast can be made at home using this simple, step-by-step technique.

First, mince up a few cloves of garlic. If raw garlic is too intense for your taste buds, then try sweet, mild roasted garlic instead. Once the garlic is minced, grab a handful of parsley leaves, and chop it into the garlic, sort of like making gremolata. In fact, feel free to chop in lemon zest, too. Be sure to liberally salt this mixture.

Next, cut a baguette or another bread of your choice on the diagonal, leaving about 1/4 inch of the bottom intact, so all the goodies can be pocketed into the bread. Stuff about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the garlic-parsley mixture between each slice.

Lastly, stuff each slice with about 1 teaspoon of butter. Alternatively, drizzle with olive oil. Wrap the prepared baguette in foil, place it on a cookie sheet, and bake it in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes, or until the butter melts. Carefully open up the foil, and let the bread toast for another 10 minutes, or until the bread appears golden and crispy.

Serve baguettes piping hot and intact, and let the ripping begin!

Is your method for making garlic bread different? Share it in the comments below.

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Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 3 years
I want to make this and eat it all on Valentine's Day.
jo_jo_ba jo_jo_ba 8 years
I usually do a double whammy - bake a roasted garlic + caramelized onion oval loaf, then when needed preheat broiler, brush fairly thin slices with olive oil and toast, then rub fresh garlic over to slightly grate it. No cheese, dulls the garlic goodness.
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
Smoked garlic!
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I mix up butter, garlic, fresh parsley, dill and some dried mixed herbs. I make a big batch, shape into a log and wrap in greaseproof paper and store in the freezer. Very nice on a piece of good steak too!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i always cook at home, but never thought of making garlic bread myself. i always buy it in the shop :))))
oni1 oni1 8 years
oh and try a few sprinkles of cholula hot sauce on top. it turns out different, but delicious. the sauce is more flavorful than spicy and comes in a few different varieties. i've only tried the original and chili garlic and are both great on crusty, gooey, cheesy bread.
oni1 oni1 8 years
add some pesto to your basic recipe. Classico makes a great jar of it if you prefer not to make your own. another option is to drizzle it with truffle oil or smear it with olive tapenade. the truffle oil is especially fantastic when the bread has parmesan cheese on top and the capers, olives and anchovies in the tapenade will make your plain garlic bread anything but boring. I love to mash lemon slices in olive oil and drizzle it on my basic recipe with a spoon, making sure to get plenty of that lemony pulp on top.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I mince up the raw garlic and mix it really well with softened butter, salt, and chopped up rosemary (if I have it). Then I split a baguette lengthwise and spread the butter mixture all over it, wrap it in foil, and bake it for 10-15 minutes to melt the butter and crisp up the baguette.
poochru poochru 8 years
I throw some butter, garlic and capers in a food processer.... Spread that on a loaf of bread with mozzerella or parmesan (or both!) and bake until melted.... I have made it this way forever and love it!
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
OMG, I want to have garlic bread tonight. I love the idea of fresh herbs with the garlic butter. I must try this.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I mix tons of raw garlic up with butter at room temperature and let it sit for about half an hour to really develop the flavor. Then I spread it liberally onto the cut sides of a soft french loaf of bread, the big ones that grocery stores sell, because I like a softer garlic bread rather than a dense bread. I turn the oven on to 500 degrees, place the two sides of my bread side by side, butter side up, into a paper bag, roll the open ends closed, and put in the oven for 10 minutes. Got this trick from my Father in law! Delicious!
Food Food 8 years
I blend butter with minced garlic and chopped parsley for color, spread it on bread, and toast it in the oven at 350 or so until crispy on the outside. It's also fun to make garlic bread from scapes!
ksmithcolo ksmithcolo 8 years
Basic , spread one side with butter or margarine, top with crushed garlic, fresh minced parsley and grated Parmesan reggiano. Broil until golden brown.
jenschu18 jenschu18 8 years
I mix margarine or butter with minced garlic and good seasons italian dressing mix. Stir it until it looks well combined, spread on bread and bake until golden :)
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I just made some the other day. Used some sourdough bread. Sliced it in half length wise, buttered one side up spread some garlic powder on it and threw it in the oven until toasty. Basic and simple but yummy :)
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
I too rub the whole outside of the loaf with a whole clove of garlic.
ellenp1214 ellenp1214 8 years
well, before i found out recently that i am allergic to dairy (sniff..) i followed this guideline: 1 stick of butter, 1/4 cup parmesan, 2T finely chopped parsely. then slice your bread, spread each side and then put it back together, wrap with foil and bake at 350 until it's crisp.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I cut a baguette into slices, butter both sides and rub raw garlic on them, then wrap the whole thing in foil and stick it in the oven. It's simple, but I love it.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I'll usually cut a clove in half and rub it all over the crusty part of the bread before I put it in the oven to add some extra flavor. I'll also sometime throw some whole cloves in either between slices or just in the foil to add a boost. I've also tried adding different fresh herbs at different times to have a unique flavor twist.
vparamitha vparamitha 8 years
simply stir margarine and lots of chopped raw garlic + chopped celery, parsley, a lil bit or oregano and salt & pepper to taste. spread the mixture over the baguette and then.. bake or put it on the anti stick pan until crisp
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