It’s been little over 2 years since I started this blog and I have only recently realised I haven’t shared my garlic bread recipe! Sorry about that! That was a clear oversight and it will be fixed today! I love garlic bread, but for some strange reason it has been quite a while since I made it! Too busy with other delicious garlic containing recipes. Anyway, so glad I remembered it suddenly yesterday! Oh, what a delicious lunch treat that was, let me tell you!
If you’ve never made garlic bread at home know that it is as simple as it gets when it comes to producing delicious, warm snack with a lovely, real, fresh garlic flavour to it. I know you can get the ready made garlic bread from the freezer section, but here at GM we love ‘homemade’ and when we can season it the way we love, with fresh, aromatic herbs and favourite cheese.
Garlic bread 3 ways
What you need is good, very light and crusty bread (light and fluffy baguettes or similar). That’s the holy grail of any quality garlic bread. Garlic bread must be crispy and light, so you can have a lot of it as it is hard to stop at one piece only! Fresh or even frozen French style bread like baguette will always do a great job, but any bread that’s ‘light and crispy’ gives you a good start to a delicious garlic bread.
So, to transform that lovely, crispy bread into the most delicious garlic bread treat top it up with:
- lovely, REAL butter mashed with raw, minced garlic – heaven!
- garlic butter plus freshly chopped thyme or rosemary leaves or if you’re really lazy at the time a sprinkle of dry Italian seasoning (Fresh or dry parsley never cut it for me. When exposed to high heat parsley loses most of its flavour.)
- garlic butter with a bit of soft, sweet and salty gruyere cheese; mozzarella or cheddar will do if you can’t get the gruyere (Parmesan doesn’t melt the same way btw, so don’t listen if anyone tells you it is a good replacement!)
What to serve garlic bread with?
Serve it with a bowl of fresh, juicy veg like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet, colorful pepper pieces. What a perfect lunch or snack! I am so having garlic bread more often in the future!
Garlic bread goes great with: Avocado, Tomato Quinoa Salad, Crab, Avocado, Tomato and Spinach Salad, Greek Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing, Tomato and Olive Salad, Baked Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad with Garlic Confit… and if you type in the search box “salad” or “soup” you’ll find even more amazing recipes to serve the garlic bread with!
- Two 6-inch pieces of light and fluffy baguette, halved across the length
- 100g butter at room temperature
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1.5 teaspoon fresh rosemary (leaves only), chopped
- 1.5 teaspoon fresh thyme (leaves only), chopped
- ⅓ cup gruyere cheese, freshly grated
- rock salt
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- In a small bowl, mash butter together with garlic.
- Divide the garlic butter into 4 even parts. Mix in the rosemary leaves to one of them, to the second one add thyme, leave 3rd and 4th part plain.
- Spread each part of the butter onto the individual pieces of bread.
- Arrange the bread pieces on the baking tray and season with salt.
- Top one of the plain garlic buttered pieces with cheese.
- Bake for 5 minutes before switching the grill on and baking your garlic bread for further 4 minutes until it turns deep golden brown.
- Serve hot with fresh and juicy vegetables like cherry tomatoes, english cucumber or sweet peppers
- Use white, light, fluffy and airy bread. Ciabatta, sourdough, rye bread, bagels and similar are just too heavy. Nice and light baguette is always a good choice.
Serve your garlic bread on its own or with a bowl of fresh, juicy veg like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet, colorful pepper pieces.