This delicious recipe for crisp, fragrant Toasted Garlic Bread is very easy to make. This is the perfect accompaniment for a spaghetti or lasagna dinner, or when you want to serve some warm and flavorful bread at a cookout.
You can use French or Italian bread in this recipe. I don't recommend using thin and crisp baguettes, since they just won't absorb the butter as the softer bread will. The bread should have some heft to it, and a nice soft crumb so the fragrant garlic mixture sinks into it.
Of course, for the very best garlic bread, make the bread yourself. This isn't difficult! I have a wonderful recipe for Easy Sourdough French Bread that uses sour cream or yogurt plus vinegar to add a fabulous flavor and texture to the loaf. As long as you don't kill the yeast by making the water too hot, you can make that recipe!
I feel that fresh garlic is essential to this recipe. Don't use the garlic sold prechopped that is packed in liquid; it just doesn't have enough flavor as the fresh cloves. And don't use dehydrated garlic flakes or garlic powder. It has to be the real thing.
You can, if you'd like, add some cheese to this recipe. After a few minutes in the toaster oven, pull the bread out and top with shredded or grated Parmesan, Romano, or provolone cheese. Return to the oven until the cheese is melted and starts to bubble. What a treat!
If you want to make the whole enclosed loaf, place cheese in between each slice and reassemble the loaf. Wrap the whole thing in foil and bake until the cheese is soft and melted.
- 1/2 loaf French bread
- 5 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- pinch of salt and pepper
1. Cut bread into 1/2" slices using a serrated knife.
2. In a small bowl, combine the butter, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and mix with the back of a spoon until it is well blended. Spread the mixture evenly on the bread slices.
3. Then place bread slices in a toaster oven and toast until butter is bubbling and edges of bread are brown.
4. You can also make this bread in the oven for a slightly different texture.
The bread will be softer.
5. Reassemble the bread slices to form the loaf after you have spread them with the butter mixture, and wrap in heavy duty foil, leaving foil open at the top. Place in 450 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until butter is melted and the top of the bread is crisp.