Garlic Bread Recipe - Delicious French & Italian Classic

Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread Recipe - Delicious French & Italian Classic
Region / culture: France, Italy | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 6


Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is a popular side dish or appetizer that is loved by many for its deliciously savory and garlicky flavor. It is a simple yet satisfying dish that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of main courses.


The origins of garlic bread are not entirely clear, but it is believed to have originated in Italy, where garlic has long been a staple ingredient in many dishes. The combination of garlic, butter, and bread is a classic one that has been enjoyed for generations.


How to prepare

  1. In a bowl, mix together butter, garlic, Italian herb, and cheese until well blended.
  2. Cut the bread into 1" slices, making sure not to cut through to the bottom of the loaf.
  3. Spread the garlic mixture on both sides of each slice.
  4. Wrap the loaf in foil.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 450°F (232°C) for 10 minutes or until heated through.


  • Add chopped fresh parsley or basil to the garlic butter mixture for added freshness.
  • Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the garlic bread before baking for a cheesy twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use softened butter for easy mixing with the garlic and herbs.

- Be careful not to cut through the bottom of the bread loaf when slicing it.

- Wrapping the loaf in foil helps to keep the bread moist and prevents it from drying out in the oven.

Serving Suggestions

Garlic bread is best served warm alongside pasta dishes, soups, or salads.

Cooking Techniques

Baking the garlic bread in a foil-wrapped loaf helps to infuse the flavors into the bread and keep it moist.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use olive oil instead of butter for a slightly different flavor.

- Any type of bread can be used for garlic bread, such as sourdough or ciabatta.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the garlic butter mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Presentation Ideas

Serve garlic bread on a platter with a sprinkle of fresh herbs for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Garlic bread pairs well with Italian dishes such as pasta, lasagna, or pizza.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Leftover garlic bread can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, wrap the bread in foil and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (177°C) for 10-15 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of garlic bread contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of garlic bread contains approximately 20 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of garlic bread contains approximately 15 grams of fat.


Each serving of garlic bread contains approximately 5 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Garlic bread is not a significant source of vitamins and minerals.


Garlic bread contains dairy (butter and cheese) and wheat (bread), which may be allergens for some individuals.


Garlic bread is a delicious but indulgent treat that is best enjoyed in moderation due to its high fat and calorie content.


Garlic bread is a simple and delicious side dish that is perfect for serving with a variety of meals. With its savory garlic flavor and crispy texture, it is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party or family gathering.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the thrill of stumbling upon this recipe for garlic bread. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Maria in her cozy little kitchen. As soon as I walked in, the aroma of freshly baked bread filled the air, and I knew I was in for a treat.

Maria greeted me with a warm hug and a mischievous twinkle in her eye. "I have a special recipe to share with you today," she said, pulling out a loaf of homemade bread from the oven. "Garlic bread, just like they make it in Italy."

I watched in awe as Maria effortlessly sliced the bread and spread a generous amount of garlic butter on each piece. The butter melted into the warm bread, releasing a heavenly scent that made my mouth water.

As we sat down to enjoy our garlic bread, Maria shared the story of how she learned to make it. "I first discovered this recipe when I was traveling through Tuscany," she said. "I met an old Italian grandmother who invited me into her home and taught me the secrets of authentic Italian cooking."

I listened intently as Maria described the process of making garlic bread – from selecting the perfect loaf of bread to mixing the garlic butter just right. She emphasized the importance of using fresh ingredients and taking your time to let the flavors meld together.

After that day, I couldn't stop thinking about that delicious garlic bread. I knew I had to learn how to make it myself. So, I reached out to my own grandmother, who was a culinary genius in her own right.

My grandmother welcomed me into her kitchen with open arms, eager to pass down her knowledge of cooking to me. Together, we sifted through her collection of recipes, searching for the perfect garlic bread recipe.

Finally, we found it – a handwritten recipe on a yellowed piece of paper, passed down from generation to generation. My grandmother explained that this recipe had been in our family for as long as she could remember, originating from her own grandmother who had immigrated from Italy.

We gathered all the necessary ingredients – a loaf of crusty Italian bread, fresh garlic, butter, parsley, and a sprinkle of salt. My grandmother guided me through each step, showing me how to slice the bread just right and spread the garlic butter evenly.

As the garlic bread baked in the oven, the familiar scent filled the kitchen, bringing back memories of my childhood spent cooking with my grandmother. I felt a sense of pride knowing that I was carrying on a tradition that had been passed down through generations.

When the garlic bread was finally ready, we sat down at the table and savored each bite. The crispy, golden crust of the bread paired perfectly with the rich, garlicky flavor of the butter. It was like a taste of Italy right in our own home.

From that day on, garlic bread became a staple in our household. I would make it for family gatherings, potlucks, and dinner parties, always eager to share the recipe with anyone who asked.

As the years went by, I continued to hone my skills in the kitchen, experimenting with different variations of garlic bread and adding my own twist to the recipe. But no matter how many times I made it, the nostalgic taste of that first garlic bread recipe I learned from Maria and my grandmother always remained my favorite.

Now, as I sit in my own kitchen, preparing a batch of garlic bread for my grandchildren, I can't help but smile as I remember the joy of stumbling upon that recipe all those years ago. It's a reminder of the rich culinary heritage that has been passed down through my family, and a testament to the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories. And so, I continue to cook, to share, and to savor each delicious bite of garlic bread, knowing that the tradition will live on for generations to come.


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