This Classic Garlic Bread Recipe is our go to for making garlic bread! Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and tons of garlic and butter. We stopped buying garlic bread at the store when we realized how easy it is to make it at home!
We make this garlic bread so often, we buy garlic in bulk! You can serve garlic bread with a delicious Beef Lasagna Recipe or our favorite Grandma’s Sunday Meatballs and Sauce…and don’t forget tot try our Cheesy Garlic Bread too! It is also an amazing addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!
What Kind of Bread to Use for this Easy Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe
There are a few different choices and they mostly come down to your preference and taste.
We used a soft (large) Italian bread for this garlic bread recipe. As you can see in the picture above that it’s a pretty normal size thickness, if not leaning towards the thicker side of a baguette.
If you like a thinner garlic bread then you can try using a ciabatta loaf or a smaller french baguette. Basically, you need to find a loaf that looks good to you, because any bread that you use it going to still turn out insanely good.
Can You Make This Garlic Bread Recipe Ahead Of Time?
So glad you asked because yes you can!
Classic garlic bread is so easy to make, you probably won’t have a ton of need to make it ahead of time but if you’re having a big party of a huge family dinner, it’s one less thing you have to worry about.
Or if you maybe went a little bit garlic bread crazy and have a lot leftover? We run into this problem a lot, our eyes are always bigger than our stomachs.
First of all, you can make this garlic butter ahead of time, keep it in your fridge and then just slather it on your bread and bake when you’re ready.
Also what you can do is take your leftover, cooled garlic bread and freeze it. Wrap it in foil first by putting the two halves back together (cheese side to cheese side) then place it into a freezer bag.
When it’s time to reheat, take the garlic bread out of the freezer to thaw completely.
Remove from the freezer bag and place the foil wrapped bread into the oven at 350 for 20 minutes. Now, we ate it just like that, but after the 20 minutes you can open the bread up and place it under the broiler for a minute or two also.
What I love about this garlic bread is that it’s not completely soaked with butter. I’m all about tons of butter, yes, but sometimes people make garlic bread and there’s just way too much butter going on.
Because as you can see in this picture there is a good layer of butter and garlic sitting on top of the bread. I’ll say just shy of halfway through the bread, maybe a third.
That right there is a perfect piece of garlic bread. Exactly how much the butter soaks into the bread will depend on what type of loaf you grab to make this recipe.
A thinner ciabatta bread might have a little more butter to bread ratio – but that’s all good.
As long as you get those super crispy, toasted edges you really can’t go wrong with this garlic bread recipe! Fresh garlic, my friends, is a must.
Please don’t grab that pre-chopped jarred stuff when you make this Classic Garlic Bread Recipe, it won’t be as good!
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This garlic bread recipe is so easy to make – AND it’s perfect for appetizers or a side dish!
1 large (1 pound loaf) of Italian bread, sliced in half lengthwise
Chopped parsley for garnish
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
marinara sauce for dipping (optional)
! For the Butter
1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped fine or minced through a garlic press
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Make the butter mixture by adding the butter, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic and parsley to a small bowl and mixing together.
Split the bread open lengthwise and place each half, cut side up, on a baking sheet.
Divide the butter between the halves, spreading the butter to cover the bread completely.
Bake the bread in the oven for 10 minutes, then remove the bread from the oven.
Top each half with the mozzarella cheese, then place back into the oven for 5-7 minutes until the cheese has completely melted.
Garnish with chopped parsley (optional)
Slice and serve with marinara sauce for dipping (optional)
Freezing the Garlic Bread:
Make the recipe and let the bread cool completely. Put the halves back together then wrap in foil and put into a freezer bag.
To reheat the bread from frozen, thaw the bread completely in the refrigerator. Place the bread into a 350 degrees preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until heated through. Open up the bread and serve as is or broil for an additional 2-3 minutes.
If you like a softer, less crispy garlic bread you can butter the bread then place the halves together and wrap with foil. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the bread from the oven and place the halves open on a baking sheet. Now add the cheese and return to the oven for another 5-7 minutes until the cheese is melted.
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