The Simplest Garlic Bread

Freshly toasted garlic bread is the stuff of gods. The combination of soft, crunchy, cheesy and sharp is a taste of home to me. My mom made everything from scratch (except yellow cake which, she rightly claims, Duncan Hines has perfectly figured out) and garlic toast was no exception. When you see how easy, how simple, how "holy crap! This only takes 5 minutes, start-to-finish!" this recipe is, you'll never go back to the boxed/frozen/pre-fab stuff.

There is no reason to buy something made with with garlic powder, oil, margarine, and dehydrated cheese when you can have fresh ingredients like, say, garlic, sweet cream butter, freshly grated Parmesan and...oh, wait, no, that's IT. I'm telling you - life altering!

Please try this one. And then let me know how you impressed everyone.

Buon appetito!



Garlic Bread
One baguette soft French bread (but, really, you can use any bread)
One stick butter, at room temp (salted or unsalted, to taste. Salted butter results in saltier bread as the Parmesan adds quite a load of saltiness, too)
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
2-3 cloves garlic, mashed or finely chopped
1 t chopped Italian parsley, for garnish (optional)

Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the top rack of your oven and turn your broiler on.

Halve the bread, lengthwise so that you have two long halves of bread. Turn the bread so that the centers face up.

Mix the softened butter, garlic and cheese together in a bowl. Spread onto the bread.

Place the buttered bread under the broiler and watch it closely for 1-3 minutes. It's done when the outside edges look a little burnt and the insides are nicely brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle parsley over (if using). Slice and serve.
Mashing garlic, butter and Parmesan together.

Getting ready to cut and spread.

Buttering my bread, so to speak.

This is when you know it's done.


  1. I love garlic bread and, as lazy as it might be, I've never even thought of making my own! I'm definitely going to have a try tonight (suitably I've having steak for tea, how perfect as an accompaniment!)

    S xo.

    1. Sammy, just took a look at your gorgeous blog. The garlic bread seems right up your alley. I love that you have savory bakes, as well. Looking forward to seeing more o your blog!


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