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House Favorite Garlic Bread

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My go-to for garlic bread! French bread, butter, fresh garlic, garlic powder, Parmesan, and parsley. It’s so simple and so ridiculously good.

I mean, you can make what you want for dinner, but what gets people excited is the garlic bread.

This is our house favorite garlic bread, the one I make almost weekly at this point – it’s generous with the butter and Parmesan, solidly garlicky, and flecked with herbs to really make it pop. It’s classic, it’s versatile, and it’s so ridiculously good.


House Favorite Garlic Bread


Why I Love This Garlic Bread

Slices of garlic bread on a cutting board.

Garlic bread is something that I’ve spent a stupid amount of time thinking about over the last 2-ish years.

We did a soup series a few years ago, and I was thisclose to posting a garlic bread recipe in the series, but I never quite locked it in. I just could never commit to a certain type of bread, or a particular texture, or just a general look and feel. Do we want it crusty? Chewy? Hearty? Or light and toasty?

A few years and many batches of garlic bread later, and I think I’ve landed. And we are garlic bread happy over here.

This is the house favorite garlic bread at the Ostrom household these days – beautifully springy French bread as the base, generously slathered with butter and Parmesan, appropriately garlicky but not overdone (and important balance, even for garlic bread), and flecked with bits of fresh herb to just elevate the eating experience.

The end result is golden brown, buttery and savory, with a satisfying bite and chew to it while at the same time staying toasty and light. It makes for elite dipping, sopping, and scooping, which is a top quality for me when it comes to garlic bread.

Another important quality: this is fast. In our house, garlic bread is usually a bonus meal item (served with spaghetti, soup, etc.) in which case I’m willing to give it 15 minutes of my life, but no more.

Current favorite way to eat this garlic bread: dunked in a rich tomato soup. I have an exceptionally easy, classically delicious one that I’m going to share soon. Stay tuned.


Ingredients For This Amaze Garlic Bread

There aren’t many! Yay!

Ingredients for garlic bread - a baguette, parmesan cheese, butter, garlic, and parsley.
  • French bread (more on that in a second)
  • Butter
  • Garlic (I use both fresh garlic and a pinch of garlic powder)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Parsley

Which leads us to the most important decision one can make about garlic bread, I think.

What Type of Bread is Best for Garlic Bread?

This is something that I’ve spent a stupid amount of time thinking about, and all of it comes down to this:

What do you really want from your garlic bread?

We need to anchor its identity. Do you want it to sop up sauces? Do you want it to give you a hearty, crusty chunk that you can sink your teeth into? Do you just want it to be a vehicle for that Parmesan-laced garlic butter flavor? Is it standing on its own or coming alongside something else?

The two main breads that are easiest to think about for garlic bread, I think, are these two, which are labeled in the store as “French bread” and “baguette”.

Two loaves of bread - a baguette and French bread.

I have made multiple rounds of this garlic bread on both types of bread, and they’re both delicious.

But ultimately I’ve found that I prefer French bread because it has a more even crumb with fewer holes, giving you a flatter surface area to spread the butter mixture and therefore a more even golden brown topping to your garlic bread.

French bread is on the lighter and fluffier side, which, to be honest, gave me pause. I generally like a really hearty bread that has some density, crunch, and chew to it. But after many many batches of this, I’ve actually really enjoyed the lightness of the French bread because it can kind of be both – it gets crunchy and chewy with the golden browning of the Parmesan on top, but it’s light enough to sop up whatever sauces and soups you’re eating it with.

I’ve also seen garlic bread made with challah, and sourdough, and ciabatta, and being that it’s garlic bread – I kind of don’t think you can go wrong. But if you’re asking me (and you are on my website!) in the year of our Lord 2023, I’m going with French bread.


How To Make This Garlic Bread

Step 1: Soften your butter.

I do this in the microwave, in short increments, and then whisk it to get it smooth-ish. Cutting it into uniform chunks (like the photo above) will help it soften at an even rate.

Whisking butter in a bowl to spread on bread.

Step 2: Grate that garlic right in there.

My hot take: anything more than one clove is overpowering and generally unpleasant. Stop at one!

It doesn’t seem like it will be enough, but trust me. Even for me – a self-proclaimed garlic lover – one clove is plenty.

Grating garlic into bowl of butter.

Step 3: Add Parmesan and parsley.

Finely grated Parmesan cheese is where it’s at! That savory flavor and golden browning – YUM.

I also like to add a little bit of garlic powder at this point just to slightly extend my garlick-ing of things (but with more subtlety than fresh garlic).

Adding parmesan and parsley to the bowl of butter and garlic.

Step 4: Spread that amazingness on your bread.

I find this amount of butter mixture is good for half of a long loaf of French bread.

Spreading butter mixture onto half a loaf of bread.

Really, really coat it. Layer it on. Be generous.

Butter mixture spread across half a loaf of bread.

Step 5: Bake it!

If you don’t want any browning, first of all, why? It’s delightful. Second of all, you’ll just want go for more like 375 to 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes.

If you like it a little golden brown, like I do, with a bit of texture on top, shoot for 10 minutes at 400 to 425 degrees. Just keep an eye on it and nudge it up as needed.

Baked garlic bread on a sheet pan.

Cut those halves into strips and get straight to the dunking!

Dipping a slice of garlic bread into a bowl of tomato soup.

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Garlic bread slices on a cutting board.

House Favorite Garlic Bread


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings (about 2 pieces per person) 1x

Description

My go-to for garlic bread! French bread, butter, fresh garlic, garlic powder, Parmesan, and parsley. It’s so simple and so ridiculously good.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • half a loaf of French bread
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.Β 
  2. Soften the butter in the microwave in short increments. I like to whisk it to get it smoothed out a bit.
  3. Grate the garlic directly into the butter. Add the garlic powder, Parmesan, and parsley; stir to combine.
  4. Cut the French bread in half and spread with the butter mixture (this amount of butter is good for half of one large French bread loaf – see photos above).
  5. Bake for 9-10 minutes in the middle of the oven, adding an extra 1-2 minutes or bumping to 425 at the end for more browning.
  6. Remove from the oven, cut into slices, and serve. Life is good.

Equipment

Notes

For the exact amount of bread, see photos above! The photo with the French bread next to the baguette – that shows how much bread I use for this amount of butter. It will all depend on the size of your loaf, but I use half of the (very large) loaf of French bread that I buy at Target.

If you use unsalted butter, be sure to add a pinch of salt to the butter mixture!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: garlic bread, homemade garlic bread, soup sides, cheesy bread

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14 Comments

  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Happy Friday Lindsay,

    I think the combination of butter, garlic, and fresh herbs made it so flavorful and aromatic. Some people may especially love the tip about broiling it for the last few minutes; it gave the bread that perfect crispy edge. This will definitely be the go-to garlic bread recipe from now on for some folk. Thank you for sharing such a delightful and easy-to-follow recipe. Can’t wait to explore more recipes from your blog. πŸ™‚

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    REK981

    I too have tried many different types of bread and agree that a french bread is really the best for garlic bread! I haven’t tried grating my garlic into the butter before so I will do that next time!

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    EJ

    Decided to make this with the five ingredient tomato soup instead of buying the frozen stuff tonight. So good and easy! This will definitely be my go to garlic bread now! Thanks for sharing.