How to Make the Best Homemade Garlic Bread
This homemade garlic bread is perfectly garlicky, buttery, lightly cheesy, and delicious. It uses fresh garlic that is lightly sauteed before baking for the best possible flavor. There’s no need to buy the garlic bread in the bags when this comes together so quickly and easily, and is so tasty.
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How to Make the Best Homemade Garlic Bread
I really can’t believe I am writing a post about homemade garlic bread. It’s not that I don’t absolutely LOVE garlic bread. No, this stuff has been one of my top favorite foods from the time I can remember. I mean carbs+butter+garlic, one of my favorite flavors ever? Yes, please! It’s definitely a winning combination. The reason for my disbelief is that garlic bread is (or should be) so incredibly simple to make that it seems like doing a blog post about it is a little silly. I think I began making my own toaster version of garlic bread at approximately 5 years old. So is it really necessary to write an entire post dedicated to this simple, but delicious staple? Obviously this post means that I decided the answer is YES!
While any combination of butter, bread, and garlic, will yield decent results, like many things that I attempt to make at home, I could never get garlic bread that was as good as I would get at any local pizza/pasta joint. If you spend much time reading this blog you will know that this irks me greatly. I am (or should be) as good as the local take-out joints, DANG IT! Anyway, as usual, this was cause for some experimenting.
First I tried fresh vs. dried garlic. I assumed fresh would be better, but when I put fresh garlic right on the bread it didn’t seem to get cooked to my liking, and still had some of that raw garlic “bite” if you know what I mean. Dried garlic was okay, but lacked flavor and depth, so that wasn’t the answer either. The secret, I discovered, was to use fresh garlic, but to cook it lightly first to mellow out the bite and release that dang delicious garlic flavor.
So first things first with this recipe is to mince the garlic. I have mentioned before how much I absolutely LOVE my garlic press, and this recipe is the perfect time to use one as you want your garlic cut very small so it spreads evenly over the bread. Anyway, mince (or press) your garlic. I use about 4 cloves which turns out to be a heaping tablespoon of garlic. Does anyone else think that measuring garlic in “cloves” is highly inaccurate!? I get some largely different sizes of cloves.
Moving on. After you have minced your garlic it’s time to cook it LIGHTLY. First heat about 2 tsp of olive oil over medium heat. You don’t need a lot. Garlic is super finicky and prone to burning. Since you will continue to cook the garlic in the oven on the bread AFTER you saute it, you don’t want to let it brown. You want to cook it over medium, or even medium-low heat, for just 30 seconds-1 minute until it is beginning to soften and make your house smell delicious. Seriously, DON’T LET IT BROWN! Sorry for yelling, but I’m passionate about garlic bread, and assume you are too if you are reading this article.
Next mix the garlic bread with some softened butter and a smidge of salt for added flavor, spread it over some high quality bread, and sprinkle it with parsley (for color) and parmesan cheese (for more added flavor). Then bake it for about 7 minutes, before opening it up to broil the top for some nice crunchy buttery goodness. That’s it!
Like I said, homemade garlic bread is pretty easy peasy, BUT the step of cooking the garlic just a little in a saute pan before putting it in the oven truly makes ALL the difference. I promise.
Now, please leave that bagged garlic bread with mystery fat-like topping at the grocery store and make this delicious homemade garlic bread with real garlic and real butter ASAP. It would be great with your favorite soup, or salad for a simple weeknight meal while you focus on finishing your christmas shopping.
Have you struggled to make something as simple as garlic bread at home!? Do you have any other spices or tricks that make your garlic bread the bees knees? Share in the comments below, I’d love to hear!
The Best Homemade Garlic Bread
- 1 Loaf good quality french bread can use whole wheat
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp heaping garlic minced (~4 cloves)
- 1/8-1/4 tsp salt
- 6-8 tbsp butter softened
- Parmesan Cheese to taste
- tsp ~1 dried parsley
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat olive oil in small saute pan on stove over medium heat. Add minced garlic and saute until it begins to soften and smell good. DO NOT LET IT BROWN.
Mix sauteed garlic with 1/8 tsp salt and 6 tbsp of butter (unless you have a monstrous sized loaf of french bread, then you might need 8 tbsp). If you use unsalted butter you may want to up the salt to 1/4 tsp.
Slice bread in half like a giant roll, and spread butter mixture evenly on both sides. Sprinkle with dried parsley and parmesan cheese to your tastes.
Put garlic bread back together like a loaf (so the buttered sides are facing each other and the bread is closed).
Bake directly on the top rack for ~7 minutes.
After 7 minutes, open the garlic bread so the buttered sides of both pieces are facing the top of the oven (under the broiler).
Broil bread for about 5 minutes, until beginning to lightly brown and get crispy. Watch EXTREMELY carefully as the garlic bread can easily burn at this point.
Remove from oven, slice, and serve hot.