When you learn how to bake bread, you may already have a lot of ideas in mind on how to prepare meals that utilize your new culinary knowledge. Homemade bread can bring an extra element of freshness and flavor to sandwichs, stuffing, tostadas and, of course, garlic bread. Nothing beats having a warm loaf of buttery, crispy garlic bread to complement a hearty meal. Whether you’re preparing classic spaghetti and meatballs, tomato bisque or a vibrant garden salad, garlic bread provides the perfect pairing. Open up a good bottle of wine and you’re all set for a fantastic meal right at home. So once you’ve mastered the art of bread baking, take it to the next level with a delicious loaf of garlic bread.
Garlic bread recipe
What’s great about garlic bread is that it takes almost no prep work and only about 15 to 20 minutes of cooking time, depending on how soft or crispy you want the final product to be. Since it doesn’t require much attention, you can prep it in advance and then focus on the rest of your meal while it cooks. Below is a fast and easy garlic bread recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com.
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
- 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (Epicurious notes this can be subbed with basil for more flavor)
- 1 (15-by-3.5-inch) loaf Italian bread)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use a heavy knife to mash and mince garlic into a paste with 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt. In a small bowl, stir together butter, oil and garlic paste until it is smooth. Add the parsley or basil.
Using a bread knife, cut the bread diagonally into slices approximately 1-inch thick, but do not cut all the way through the bread. Spread the garlic butter in each crevice.
Wrap the entire loaf in aluminum foil and bake at the center of the oven for 15 minutes. Open the foil and allow the bread an additional five minutes baking time.
Pro tip: Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese over the bread when you pull back the foil or pair the bread with this awesome mozzarella-filled meatball recipe from Food Republic. After all, few things go better with garlic bread than gooey, melted cheese.