Garlic Bread

I love bread. I don’t care if it’s technically not awesome for you. It’s yummy, especially slathered in butter. I’d happily eat that as a snack, or an occasional meal when I don’t want something big. Give me two, or an occasional three nice slices of Italian bread and coat that sucker up in butter. Don’t skimp out. Outside of the bread being super soft and fresh (homemade or not), the next most important part is the butter.

Sometimes you want something different and that’s when garlic bread is perfect. A little something extra added to the already perfect snack or side… or meal. This is one of those times it’s totally okay to change the already perfect item. Because yes, bread and butter is perfect but this dresses it up. And it’s shockingly easy!

Okay so the first time I attempted homemade garlic bread (this method) I was multi-tasking with dinner. Too many things going on at once that were suppose to be done at the same time. I swear I don’t usually have these kinds of issues but bread is finicky and if you aren’t paying close attention to it… well let’s just say the outcome isn’t pretty. I didn’t bother to eat it. I tossed it with a pout and a few pathetic tweets. I’m not alone. We all have our disasters but it seems that much worse when it’s something you really were looking forward to and hoping to turn out fantastic.

On the bright side, the next time I made it the final product was fantastic – thus the post! I want to share yummy food and recipes, not failures. Failures make us human but who wants to see someone else’s burnt garlic bread? Not appetizing. This garlic bread is slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. A perfect blend. It’s truly delicious and very easy. Best of all – it’s great even after it’s been sitting out for a while. Oh and great for a big dinner! A little messy, but when you get over that … the taste totally makes up for any mess you may experience while eating it. Just be sure to have some napkins or wet wipes on hand. Don’t let that deter you from making it.

Garlic Bread

Ingredients:

1 loaf fresh Italian bread (I used a small 7oz loaf - double remaining ingredients for a large loaf)
1/2C butter, softened
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp parsley
1/4C Parmesan - optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to the broil setting. Halve your loaf of bread. Mix softened butter, garlic and parsley in a small bowl. Spread mixture over both halves of bread well.

On a baking sheet, broil bread for 2 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Broil an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven. Using a serrated knife, carefully cut into thick slices.


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38 Responses to “Garlic Bread”

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — July 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I’m a bread-addict. And homemade garlic bread is just the best, isn’t it?

    • Rachel — July 11th, 2011 @ 10:01 am

      It truly is the best! I wish it wasn’t so tasty lol

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    marla — July 11, 2011 at 10:35 am

    My kids have just discovered the wonderful of garlic bread – they would LOVE this recipe :)

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    Aggie — July 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Bread is my favorite thing in the world. Even more my favorite with garlic on it. I wish I could grab a piece out of my computer screen!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — July 11, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Love homemade garlic bread! Did you use fresh parsley or dried?

    • Rachel — July 11th, 2011 @ 11:46 am

      I used dried. I have this weird thing about fresh herbs – I hate the feel and smell while chopping them. Plus dried lasts so much longer.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    So glad you had a success this time :) I would eat this alongside pretty much anything. Mmm. Bread.

    • Rachel — July 11th, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

      Just had to concentrate on the bread this time and move on with my other plans after to make sure it was perfect! Now I could easily do it multitasking – always should remember that with something new lol

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    Heather @ Mmm... is for Mommy — July 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Bread has to be good for you, my 2 year old thrives on hardly anything but :s

    I have a foccacia obsession these days and now want to smother one in some roasted garlic. Dayum.

    • Rachel — July 11th, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

      Can you believe I’ve never made foccacia! It is on my growing to-do list though.

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    Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan — July 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    This looks fantastic! I love bread, too. I don’t understand people that avoid it. Bread and garlic together? Bring it. I’ll eat it morning, noon and night!

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    Heather @ Mmm... is for Mommy — July 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    It’s easy and so addictive. We can clean the pan (2 of us) in a meal if we don’t use some restraint. There is a basic recipe on my blog which is adapted from The Mixer Bible. I need to move on to something new… I have a braided pesto bread planned for sometime this week (hopefully).

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    amanda @ fake ginger — July 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Yummy! Simple and delicious! I *always* burn the bread when I have to broil it!

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    averagebetty — July 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    LOL – Things can get ugly fast when broiling… nothing worse than a scorched loaf of garlic bread — especially yours; it looks fabulous!

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    briarrose — July 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I drooled a bit. I have always loved bread and garlic bread is just adding onto perfection. ;)

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    Carolyn — July 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    There is nothing better than really good garlic bread…and this looks like GREAT garlic bread!

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    Vicki @ WITK — July 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Ooo, this looks so good. I love bread too and I will unashamedly eat lots of it! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — July 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Yum- I am a sucker for any type of bread. But when it is toasted and garlicy… Heaven!

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    Sandra — July 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Carboholics Unite!!!!

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    nicole — July 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I’ve made garlic bread for dinner. Just garlic bread. Garlic bread is amazing. I love it covered with mozzarella cheese. Lots of cheese and butter, amazingly healthy, no?

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 12, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I haven’t had good garlic bread in forever but now I really want it!

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    Abby — July 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Yummy! I’ve pinned this for later reference.

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    Carolyn Jung — July 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I remember once river-rafting with friends and afterward we went out to dinner. We had worked up such an appetite that before dinner even started, we had inhaled two huge orders of garlic bread. And we were four petite women! LOL But who can resist garlic bread, especially one that looks as awesome as this.

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    Sandra's Easy Cooking — July 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I am with you on the bread…I love it in any share and form:)) but garlic bread :)) I also do wish it is not that yummy! Looks awesome, great pictures!

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — July 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Mmmm…now you’re making me wish I had this on the menu tonight instead of the salad I had planned. Okay, next week!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — July 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I love garlic bread and rarely make it at home. Yours looks perfect!

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    Kim Beaulieu — July 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Yummy! My daughter is a garlic bread junkie. Cannot make enough of it for her taste. Must try this out. Thanks for sharing.

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    Elle — July 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I could eat garlic bread every single day. I’m addicted! Yours looks perfect!

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    Kathleen — July 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I adore garlic bread. I’m so glad the second batch worked out so well. It sure looks delish!!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — July 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Yum! I think I just found my side dish for tomorrow’s dinner. I think I might throw it on the grill though. Is that crazy talk?

    • Rachel — July 13th, 2011 @ 8:31 am

      Tossing it on the grill sounds great! Would love to try that myself sometime but I usually leave the grilling to hubs.

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    Chrissy — July 13, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I love homemade garlic bread…I always have some ready to bake in my freezer.

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    Ann — July 14, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I love good garlic bread. It’s amazing how much making GOOD garlic bread is over looked. Yours looks incredible!

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    Kate@Diethood — July 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Homemade bread with garlic and butter… it’s really the best combo ever! Love this!!

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    You’re so right; bread is perfect. But…. I love the ingredients you used for your garlic butter and now it looks like I’m going to have to make me some….soon!

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    JulieD — July 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Like Lori, I’m a bread addict. Okay and a butter addict. Your garlic bread looks so good!

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    Courtney — July 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I need this asap.. Carbs are my diet downfall. I blame bread for everything.. Hah

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

    You can’t go wrong with this recipe! Love garlic bread!

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