Friday, October 23, 2009

Homemade Garlic Bread

My mom used to make garlic bread every time we had spaghetti at our house when I was growing up. When I became an adult, I discovered the ease of frozen garlic bread, which you can't beat, when you live by yourself. I got so used to frozen garlic bread that I kind of forgot about making homemade garlic bread. Until I happened to shop at Sweet Bay one day and spotted Italian bread - a bread that the Publix bakery seems to no longer carry. I picked it up and brought it home to make some yummy homemade garlic bread. This recipe comes straight from my mother, and is a sure-fire hit. This is one you'll make over and over and over again. And even though I make it over and over again, my family continually polishes it off before I can manage to take a picture of it.

Garlic Bread
16-ounce loaf of Italian bread or French bread
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 large cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
2 tsp garlic powder
1 heaping tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Make the butter, garlic, parsley mixture as above.
3. Make 1-inch thick slices into the bread, but do not go all the way through, just to the bottom crust. Put a teaspoon or two of the butter mixture between each slice.
4. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil and heat for 15 minutes in the oven.

NOTE: You can also toast the bread, if you'd rather - you can cut the bread in half, rather than in slices, lay on a cookie sheet on top of some aluminum foil, smear the garlic butter all over both sides, and then put in a 400 degree oven for about 5-10 minutes, depending on the amount of browning you'd like.

Printable recipe


Mesina said...

I loooooove homemade garlic bread! in fact when I eat the frozen stuff I always feel a bit dissapointed. Never enough garlic! I make this too every so often and the kids just lap it up. Thanks for sharing and on a day like today when hot steaming pasta and garlic bread just sounds so yummy....xx

Joanna @ The Casa said...

Yum! I'd rather have garlic bread than brownies. Just sayin'.

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

I make my garlic bread almost the same way!

Jeve (aka John and Steve) said...

Mmmmmmmmm...definitely going to try it.

I Wonder Wye said...

OH Yummo!! I am hungry for the spahetti supper already! I am guilty of buying garlic bread for a store before, which is dumb b/c it's so easy to make, and better -- less 'oily' Thanks! Stopping over from SITS....

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