You know that hypothetical, “If you’re stranded on a desert island, what one food would you want with you”? For me, it’s garlic bread. This easy-to-make, homemade garlic bread makes a wonderful side to a soup, or a quick pasta dinner. As a bonus, you probably have most of the ingredients you need in your pantry and fridge already. Just pick up a loaf of bread and some fresh parsley at the market, and you’re on your way to delicious, crusty, garlicky bread.
1-2 Garlic Cloves, grated
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
2 tbsp. Butter
¼ tsp. Kosher Salt, or to taste
¼ tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper, or to taste
½ tbsp. Parsley, finely chopped
1 Loaf of Crusty Bread
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Make the homemade garlic bread
Add the garlic, olive oil, butter, salt, pepper and parsley to a bowl. Stir with a fork to combine the ingredients well.
Slice the loaf of bread in half, lengthwise. Use a pastry brush (or the back of a large spoon) to apply the garlic butter to the inside of both halves of the bread.
Arrange the bread on a large baking sheet. Bake the bread for 15-20 minutes until it’s toasted and has a lovely golden color on the edges.
- If time permits, soften the butter at room temperature instead of in the microwave or stove. That way, the garlic butter will have a nice consistency when you spread it on the bread. Cut the butter into small pieces while its cold, it will soften faster, especially when the other ingredients are added in.
- Use 1 or 2 garlic cloves depending on the size of the clove and how much you like (love) garlic.
- It’s best to grate the garlic so it really incorporates into the butter and olive oil and you’re not biting into raw chunks of garlic. If, however, you don’t have a microplane (you should really consider getting one) mince the garlic as finely as you can, then press it with the flat side of the knife to make a paste.
- A microplane is a small grater that’s perfect for turning garlic into paste. It’s also great for grating nutmeg and zesting citrus. You can pick one up for under twenty bucks, it will last you for years, and you will use it a lot.
- Keep an eye on the homemade garlic bread, turn on the oven light and peek in every couple of minutes or so. The bread can go from beautifully golden and toasty to burnt in no time (and that would be a shame).