This recipe for Garlic Bread is simple, decadent and full of garlic flavor, with garlic butter smeared on lightly toasted bread. It makes for a great accompaniment to any pasta dish.
What is garlic bread?
Garlic bread is an Italian-American dish consisting of herbed garlic butter spread on French bread, baguette or slices of bread which are grilled or lightly toasted.
It's believed to have originated from bruschetta, which is a toasted bread rubbed with fresh garlic, olive oil and tomatoes.
Garlic bread is typically paired with pasta dishes in North America.
Why you'll love this recipe
This garlic bread recipe is:
Small-batch: no need for a full loaf of French bread to make this recipe.
Simple: it comes together in less than 15 minutes, and uses one bowl.
Ingredients you'll need
- sliced French bread: you can use any type of bread such as Texas toast, sliced sourdough or crusty bread
- salted butter: softened; if using unsalted butter, add a little salt to the garlic butter
- garlic powder: enhances that garlic flavor
- black pepper
- fresh garlic cloves: minced
- chopped fresh parsley
How to make homemade garlic bread
Preheat oven to 350F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Make the garlic butter:
In a small bowl, combine the softened butter, garlic powder, black pepper, minced garlic and parsley.
Mix well with a fork or spatula.
Use a spatula or knife to divide the garlic butter mixture evenly and spread it onto each slice of bread.
Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden in color.
Remove from heat and serve.
How to serve
Cut the garlic bread into smaller pieces and serve as an appetizer.
How to store
Store cooled leftover garlic bread in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
You can store garlic bread in the freezer, well wrapped in aluminum foil for up to 1 month.
How to reheat
Reheat leftovers in a preheated 350F oven for 10 minutes, or until warmed through and slightly crisp.
What to do with leftover garlic toast
Turn them into croutons and serve with tomato soup, or add it on top of French onion soup.
Variations & substitutions
Feel free to add grated parmesan cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese to the top of the bread before baking.
Brush on olive oil in place of butter.
For a spicy kick, add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
Add different herbs, such as fresh oregano or chopped fresh basil to change up the flavors of the garlic butter.
Use cream cheese as filling to make Korean-style garlic cream cheese bread.
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- 6 slices French bread
- 4 tablespoon salted butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 8 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Make the garlic butter:
- In a small bowl, combine the softened butter, garlic powder, black pepper, minced garlic and parsley.
- Mix well with a fork or spatula.
- Use a spatula or knife to divide the garlic butter mixture evenly and spread it onto each slice of bread.
- Bake at 350°F/177°C for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden in color.
- Remove from heat and serve.
The nutritional information provided should be considered as approximate and is not guaranteed. Please use your best judgment to ensure food is safely prepared and/or a good fit for your diet.