Let’s face it: there are some things in life that just make life better.
Like new love, birds singing outside your window, fresh socks, a warm evening breeze or a baby’s laugh.
Doesn’t the same, then, hold true for food?
Like adding bacon, ice cream or garlic bread (when applicable, of course!) to what you’re eating. It just makes it better. True story.
Is spaghetti with meat sauce really spaghetti without some tasty garlic bread? Is Stroganoff truly enjoyable without a slice or two of crunchy garlic bread to help sop up the sauce?
Not in my book, it isn’t.
You can probably imagine we eat a lot of garlic bread in our home. ‘Cuz we eat a lot of everything in our home — and garlic bread just makes it better.
Plus, delicious, homemade garlic bread is incredibly easy to make. Trust me, I’ve made my fair share of the stuff. This recipe makes golden and crunchy garlic bread with a slightly chewy and delicate center. Oh — and the combination of the garlic, parmesan, butter and parsley is so yummy.
Use this homemade garlic bread to compliment your next meal, whether it’s pasta, salad, grilled chicken or beef or even to use as the bread for a sandwich (totally a delicious trick!). You can also cut it up and make into croutons. So many options!
- 6 large cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley chopped
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 loaf fresh bread ciabatta, french, baguette, sourdough, cut lengthwise
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter softened
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese plus more to sprinkle on top if desired, grated
Preheat your oven broiler on the Low setting.
In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the bread to make a paste/spread (you can also use a food processor if you'd prefer). Using a flat knife or spoon, spread the butter mixture evenly over the non-crusted portion of the bread. Sprinkle with additional grated parmesan if desired.
Set both sides of the bread, spread-side up, on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and place in the center of the oven under the broiler until the butter is melted and the top starts to becomes golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Take care to pay attention to the bread so it does not burn -- it can cook quickly under the broiler.
Once golden, remove from the broiler and set on a cutting board. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes in order to handle. Using a serrated bread knife, cut the bread into portions and serve.