How to Make Garlic Bread

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5 from 8 votes

I think we can all agree that garlic bread is one of the best foods EVER. Learning how to make homemade garlic bread is easy and so much more delicious than the store-bought kind!

I don’t think there’s one dish for lunch or dinner that doesn’t go well with garlic bread. I’m pretty sure you could eat this bread for breakfast and it’d still be difficult to not finish the loaf.

After you learn how to make garlic bread, you’ll want to try it with Bruschetta Chicken (to soak up all those luscious juices), a beautiful Peach and Burrata Salad, and then – of course – with a big bowl of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.

Easy Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe

All you need is a loaf of bread (I like ciabatta), cheese, olive oil, fresh garlic, herbs, and salt & pepper. That’s it!

I use a combination of roasted garlic (my roasted garlic trick takes less than 15 minutes!) and fresh minced garlic to yield the most deliciously garlicky bread! A blend of parmesan and mozzarella cheese is the perfect mix of flavor and stringy goodness.

Pop that baby in the oven and you have yourself a toasty garlic loaf in 5 minutes.

Garlic Bread Ingredients (And Substitutions)

You need only a handful of ingredients to make this garlic bread recipe.

  • Ciabatta loaf – I love the texture of ciabatta bread since it’s just the right fusion of chewy, soft and then crispy on the outside when placed in the oven! You can also use a baguette or other type of Italian or French bread if preferred.
  • Mozzarella cheese – mozzarella cheese adds stringy goodness. You can use just mozzarella cheese instead of a blend, if preferred (or no cheese at all!)
  • Parmesan cheese – parmesan cheese adds rich flavor. You can use just parmesan cheese instead of a blend, if preferred (or no cheese at all!).
  • Extra virgin olive oil – olive oil adds moisture and flavor to our bread. You can use a mix of butter and olive oil if desired.
  • Garlic – I use a blend of quick and easy roasted garlic, and freshly minced garlic for the perfect garlic bread!
  • Fresh parsley – flat leaf Italian parsley adds a pop of freshness.
  • Dried oregano – dried oregano adds a warm, sweet, minty aroma.

How to Make Garlic Bread

I can smell the garlic bread already! The full recipe is in the recipe card (this is an outline!).

  1. Roast garlic.

    Place 6 large, unpeeled garlic cloves in a preheated, medium-high heat pan. Let garlic cloves roast in the pan for 7 minutes. Use tongs to flip garlic cloves to the other side and roast for an additional 7 minutes. Remove them from the pan and let cool enough to peel them.

  2. Infuse oil with garlic.

    Chop the peeled, roasted garlic cloves into small pieces. Add roasted garlic and 2 large, minced garlic cloves to olive oil.

  3. Drizzle bread with garlic oil.

    Slice loaf of bread in half lengthwise. Place both halves, cut-side up, on a large baking sheet. Use a spoon to drizzle garlic oil all over the halves. You can use a basting brush to spread the oil more evenly.

  4. Sprinkle with cheese and herbs.

    Sprinkle halves evenly with both types of cheese. Add dried oregano and then the finely chopped parsley. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  5. Bake.

    On high-broil, bake garlic bread for 5-6 minutes in the oven, until the cheese has melted and the edges of the bread turn golden brown.

  6. Slice and serve.

    Slice into pieces and serve right away.
    Slice and serve your garlic bread.

Storing and Freezing Garlic Bread

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat by wrapping tightly in foil and placing in a 350-degree oven for about 10 minutes.

After garlic bread has baked and cooled, place in a freezer bag to freeze for up to 6 months.

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How to Make Garlic Bread

I think we can all agree that garlic bread is one of the best foods EVER. Learning how to make homemade garlic bread is easy and so much more delicious than the store-bought kind!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: any season, summer
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 379kcal
Author: TastefullyGrace

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces ciabatta loaf
  • 8 large garlic cloves 6 of those left unpeeled
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place 6 large, unpeeled garlic cloves in a pan that’s been preheated over medium-high heat. Let garlic cloves roast in the pan for 7 minutes, untouched. Use tongs to flip garlic cloves to the other side and roast for an additional 7 minutes. Remove them from the pan and let cool enough to peel them.
  • Chop the peeled, roasted garlic cloves into small pieces. Add roasted garlic and 2 large, minced garlic cloves to 1/3 cup olive oil.
  • Slice loaf of bread in half lengthwise. Place both halves, cut-side up, on a large baking sheet. Use a spoon to drizzle garlic oil all over the halves. You can use a basting brush to spread the oil more evenly.
  • Sprinkle halves evenly with both types of cheese. Add dried oregano and then the finely chopped parsley. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • On high-broil, bake garlic bread for 5-6 minutes in the oven, until the cheese has melted and the edges of the bread turn golden brown.
  • Slice into pieces and serve right away.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

  • You can use another 16-ounce loaf of bread, like a baguette or another type of French or Italian bread. The baking time and amount of toppings may vary given the surface area of bread can differ in size and the moisture content of different bread varies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. Erica
    July 11, 2022 / 5:56 pm

    5 stars
    WOWOW. I made this for my family of 5 and they just loved it!

    • TastefullyGrace
      Author
      July 11, 2022 / 7:00 pm

      Thanks Erica! So glad to hear!

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