Although many people turn to premade garlic bread from their local supermarket, making your own homemade garlic bread is easy. Making delicious garlic bread takes just a few steps, and you can control the taste much better than trusting the foil-wrapped package in the bakery section. This delicious bread is sure to please. Here’s how to make garlic bread:
Ingredients and supplies:
Loaf of bread (preferably French)
Butter (room temperature)
Garlic salt (not powder)
- Choose the right bread. Garlic bread is not traditionally made with brown bread. To make classic garlic bread, begin with French bread. You can even use a day-old loaf, since you will be cooking the bread.
- Slice the bread. Slice the bread lengthwise, as if you were making it into a sub-style sandwich. Alternatively, you can slice it into pieces as if you were making a regular sandwich, and then bake each piece individually, flat on a baking sheet.
- Add butter and garlic. Spread butter on both the top and bottom sides of the bread (or one side of each slice, if you have sliced the bread regular sandwich-style). The butter will spread easier if it is at room temperature. Then sprinkle with garlic salt and other seasonings of your choice. You can add a little parmesan cheese for cheesy garlic bread, if you’d like.
- Bake. Put the two halves of the loaf back together, and then wrap in foil and place on a baking sheet. The baking sheet will keep the bottom of the loaf from burning, and also make it easier to take the loaf out of the oven when it’s done baking. If you are baking each slice individually, lay them flat on a greased baking sheet. Place in your oven at 375 degrees for fifteen minutes (less if baking individual slices). If you prefer crispier edges, unwrap the bread for the last minute or two in the oven. Do not overbake, or the center will become crispy as well.
- Enjoy! Be careful when unwrapping the bread, because the foil traps hot steam. Cut the loaf into individual slices, and serve warm. Use a sharp knife to avoid squishing the bread as you try to cut through it. The size of the slices depends on your preferences; it should be somewhere between one inch and 2 1/2 inches. Keep extra slices wrapped in foil to keep them fresh and warm.
Garlic bread is a delicious and traditional side for Italian food like spaghetti, but it can also be served with soup, steak, chicken, or fish. It is sure to please all of your guests.