The only recipe you’ll ever need for classic homemade Garlic Bread. It’s ready in 20 minutes, perfectly crispy on the outside, garlicky, and pairs well with any dish as the ultimate side.Read more: Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread is one of my absolute favourite things to make; there’s something so satisfying about the combination of crusty fresh bread, garlic, a hint of herbs and melted buttery goodness. It’s a household staple that is the perfect addition to so many meals, and I figured it was about time I shared this easy recipe with you!Jump to Recipe
What Bread to Use for Garlic Bread
When it comes to making garlic bread, there are a variety of bread options that can be used as a base. While traditional French bread is often the go-to choice, there are other types of bread that can add a unique flavor and texture to the dish. For example, sourdough bread can bring a tangy twist to the classic garlic bread recipe. Ciabatta bread is another great option, known for its airy texture and crispy crust. Using an artisan whole grain or multigrain bread can add a nutty flavor and a healthy twist to the dish. Additionally my fluffy, dreamy, delicate Focaccia would add the perfect lightness to the decadence garlic bread is. Ultimately, the type of bread used for garlic bread will depend on personal preference and the desired taste and texture.
Different Garlic Bread Flavours
Of course, you can customize this recipe to your heart’s content. If you like things a little spicier, you could add some red pepper flakes to the garlic butter or pickled jalapeños. If you’re a cheese lover, you could sprinkle some mozzarella or cheddar over the top of the bread before baking. And if you don’t have fresh parsley on hand, you could use dried herbs like oregano or basil instead.
To lean into Mediterranean flavours, you could add some chopped Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese to the bread before baking. The possibilities are truly endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative with your flavour combinations!!
What to Serve Garlic Bread With
Garlic bread is a versatile side dish that can accompany such a wide range of meals. Of course, it’s a classic BFF to a hearty bowl of pasta (like this Baked Spaghetti or Rustic Lasagne) but don’t limit it to Italian food! Garlic bread pairs well with soups, stews, and chilis, like this Hamburger Soup, Lentil Mushroom Stew, or Southwest Chili. It adds a satisfying crunch and is the PERFECT way to soak up every last drop. It is served with nearly every BBQ meal we have all summer long.
It’s also pairs great with dinners like this Apple & Butternut Squash Roasted Chicken or anything you are grilling on the BBQ this season. Honestly, anytime you’re cooking up a comforting home-cooked meal, garlic bread is a welcome addition to the table.
Oh and let’s not forget about making an epic meatball sub?! Combine my Sneaky Mommy Meatball Recipe with this Garlic Bread Recipe and what do you have? A pretty darn delicious weeknight dinner.
The only recipe you'll need for classic homemade Garlic Bread. It's ready in 20 minutes, perfectly crispy, garlicky, and pairs well with any main dish.
- 1 large French Loaf
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Slice the French loaf in half lengthwise and place cut side up.
In a medium bowl, mix together the softened butter, garlic, salt and parsley until well combined. Spread evenly over the bread.
Place the bread on the prepared baking sheet cut side up, and bake for 10-12 minutes or util golden and crispy. If you want to use the parmesan cheese, sprinkle on top of the bread in the last 1-2 minutes of baking until melted.