How to Make Garlic Bread at Home
Everyone loves garlic bread. It is so versatile that it pairs nicely with different meals such as Italian dishes, succulent steak dinner, as well as crunchy chicken. But you know what is better than your store-bought garlic bread? Homemade garlic bread. If you enjoy the garlic bread you buy from grocery shops and bakeries, then you also need to know how to make garlic bread at home. Making homemade garlic bread is quite simple as you need only a few basic ingredients to prepare it. All you need is a little direction.
With this garlic bread recipe, you can make one that tastes much better than those you buy at your favorite bakery. The best part is, it won’t take up to 30 minutes.
Ingredients for Making Homemade Garlic Bread
All the ingredients needed to make a delicious loaf of garlic bread at home are simple and common. They could even be in your pantry right now. This recipe makes 8 servings and takes 20 minutes to prepare.
- 4 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 loaf of bread
- 1 tablespoon of parsley (finely chopped)
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- ½ cup of salted butter (melted)
- 3 tablespoons of grated parmesan, cheddar or mozzarella cheese (optional)
What Kind of Ingredients to Use
One of the advantages of making garlic bread at home is, you get to make it exactly the way you want. You can make it with or without cheese, toasted or soft, and use your preferred herb.
- Bread: Garlic bread is traditionally made using a baguette. The soft and thin crust of the French bread soaks up the butter mixture nicely, giving you the supreme garlic bread finish. However, in the absence of a baguette, you can make it with any kind of bread available. You could achieve the same results using regular bread, hamburger buns or even leftover hot dog.
- Garlic: What separates store-bought garlic bread from homemade is the freshness. Nothing beats fresh garlic. Grocery stores make their garlic bread using jarred garlic which leaves a sour aftertaste. Using freshly chopped garlic gives your loaf that utterly delicious taste that only homemade garlic bread has. Don’t be afraid of the harsh flavor raw garlic emits. It will reduce once it is cooked. If you are sensitive to the pungent smell or flavor of fresh garlic, use roasted garlic or sauté the garlic before using it for baking bread.
- Butter: In the absence of salted butter, make use of salted butter but add a pinch of salt so your garlic bread doesn’t taste bland.
- Preheat the oven to 200C or 400°F
- If you’re using a baguette, cut it in half and slice it almost all the way through. If you’re using a regular loaf, slice the bread.
- Combine the butter, garlic and crushed herb (parsley, oregano or dried rosemary), until smooth. Taste to see if the mixture is to your taste.
- Brush the bread with the mixture using a basting brush. Do not scrimp on the butter mixture; ensure that it is spread generously to both sides of the slices.
- After spreading the butter mixture, place the slices of bread back into the shape of a loaf. This will ensure that butter m
- If you want your garlic bread to come out lightly toasted, wrap the loaf tightly using aluminum foil. If you want softer garlic bread, wrap the bread in foil before baking.
- Bake for 20 minutes until the crust is crispy.
- If you love cheese, Sprinkle some mozzarella or parmesan cheese on top of the loaf few minutes into baking. Bake till the cheese is melted and bread is lightly browned.
- Unwrap the foil and serve.
Meals That Can Be Paired with Garlic Bread
Garlic bread is the perfect accompaniment to your meals. Garlic bread with pasta is one meal your family will snap up in minutes. After making your tasty garlic bread, serve it with any of these dishes.
- Pork chops
- Shredded beef ragu
- Baked chicken
- Soups like tomato soup or pumpkin soup
- Spaghetti Bolognese or any other pasta
You can serve them immediately after preparation or freeze them so they can be stored for future purposes. To freeze, wrap them in foil and put them in a plastic wrap then freeze. Whenever you are ready to eat it, let it thaw on its own or bake it at 300°F until it warms up.
Homemade garlic bread is incredibly yummy and quite easy to make. It is also healthier than store-bought frozen garlic bread as it has fewer additives. If there are leftovers, have them for breakfast with eggs on it. The taste is nothing short of magical.