This Artisan Roasted Garlic Bread Recipe with Baguette is made with a baguette, garlic, butter, fresh basil, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes and olive oil.
There are many variations of garlic bread that can include additional ingredients to enhance the flavor, such as grated cheese, herbs like parsley or oregano, and sometimes even tomato sauce. Some recipes also call for using garlic powder or garlic salt instead of fresh garlic. Garlic bread can be easily customized to suit individual tastes and preferences, making it a versatile and delicious side dish or appetizer for many meals.
This Garlic bread is extremely flavorful, crispy and comes out so warm and toasty. It is perfect for any Italian style dinner and can be served next to most entrees. The edges become so crispy on the sides and buttery in the center. This recipe is super easy to make but a good amount of time for the garlic to roasted properly. If you like garlic as much as I do, then I totally recommend making this. The combination of the butter, garlic, and fresh herbs is incredible.
I wanted to make this on the side with my Shrimp Fra Diavolo and it did not disappoint. I roasted the garlic in the oven, and set a time and did most of my errands in the house. When the timer goes off, then it’s showtime. After you prepare the bread with the delicious garlic mixture, you can set the bread aside until you are ready to make dinner. I made my entrée on the stove top, and when I had about 15 minutes left of the recipe, I threw in the bread and it was perfectly crunchy and delicious.
What is Garlic Bread?
Garlic bread is a popular type of bread that is flavored with garlic and often butter or olive oil. It is typically made by spreading minced or crushed garlic mixed with butter or olive oil onto slices of bread, which are then toasted or baked until crispy. The result is a flavorful and aromatic bread with a crispy exterior and a soft, buttery interior.
Garlic bread is commonly served as a side dish or appetizer with Italian-inspired meals, such as pasta, lasagna, or pizza. It is also a popular accompaniment to soups, stews, and grilled or roasted meats. Garlic bread can be made with various types of bread, such as baguette, French bread, ciabatta, or even sliced sandwich bread, depending on personal preference.
Garlic Bread Recipe Ingredients
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Red pepper flakes
- Olive oil
See recipe card for Artisan Roasted Garlic Bread with Baguette quantities.
How to make Garlic Bread
Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Cut the top part of the heads of garlic and drizzle olive oil on top of the cut portion. Wrap the entire garlic heads, individually, with aluminum foil. Roast in the oven for 1 ½ hours.
In a bowl, add the butter, basil, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt. Squeeze the garlic into the bowl using your hands or a spoon.
Mix well and brush the bread on the cut side with the mixture.
Place bread in the oven for 15 minutes, until golden and crispy.
What to serve with Garlic Bread
- Pasta dishes: Garlic bread is a classic accompaniment to pasta dishes, such as spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine Alfredo, or lasagna. The garlicky flavor and crispy texture of the bread complement the rich and savory flavors of pasta dishes.
- Grilled or roasted meats: Garlic bread can be served alongside grilled or roasted meats, such as steak, chicken, or pork. The buttery and garlicky flavors of the bread can add a delicious contrast to the savory flavors of the meats.
- Soups and stews: Garlic bread can be a great side dish for soups and stews, especially those with Italian or Mediterranean flavors. It can be used for dipping into the lentil soup or stew, or simply enjoyed as a side for a satisfying meal.
- Pizza or calzone: Garlic bread is a natural pairing with pizza or calzone. It can be served as a side or used for dipping into marinara sauce or other pizza toppings. The garlic flavor of the bread complements the flavors of Margherita Pizza or Pepperoni pizza.
- Appetizers: Garlic bread can be a delicious appetizer on its own or served alongside other appetizers, such as bruschetta, cheese platters, or antipasto. It adds a flavorful and satisfying bite to any appetizer spread.
- Salads: Garlic bread can be served as a side with salads, providing a crunchy and flavorful contrast to the fresh and crisp greens. It can also be used to make croutons for salads by cutting the bread into cubes and toasting them until crispy. This Garlic Bread pairs perfectly with my Fennel Salad Recipe.
Baguette: You can use a French baguette or Italian bread.
Garlic: There is no option to using garlic in a jar, you should get the freshest garlic heads the grocery store has got.
Butter: I opted to using salted butter and that way you will not have to add salt yourself.
Basil: You can use dry basil, but using fresh minced basil is key.
Parmesan: I used a fresh parmesan cheese and grated it myself, but feel free to buy premade grated parmesan.
Red pepper flakes: This is optional if you do not like spicy foods.
Olive oil: For best taste, use extra virgin olive oil. You could use vegetable oil for drizzling.
Garlic Bread Recipe Variations
- Cheesy Garlic Bread: Add grated cheese, such as mozzarella, cheddar, or Parmesan, to the garlic butter mixture before spreading it onto the bread. The melted cheese adds an extra layer of gooeyness and flavor to the bread.
- Spicy Garlic Bread: Add some heat to your garlic bread by adding red pepper flakes, hot sauce, or minced jalapenos to the garlic butter. This variation is perfect for those who enjoy a little kick in their food.
- Tomato Garlic Bread: Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce or chopped tomatoes onto the bread along with the garlic butter. Top with grated cheese for a delicious twist on classic garlic bread.
- Pesto Garlic Bread: Mix pesto, a flavorful sauce made with basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil, into the garlic butter for a unique and delicious twist on traditional garlic bread.
- Sun-dried Tomato and Olive Garlic Bread: Chop sun-dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives and mix them into the garlic butter. Spread the mixture onto the bread for a Mediterranean-inspired garlic bread with a burst of tangy and salty flavors.
- Balsamic Glazed Garlic Bread: Mix balsamic glaze, a sweet and tangy reduction of balsamic vinegar, with the garlic butter for a unique twist on garlic bread. The balsamic glaze adds a hint of sweetness and acidity to the bread.
- Oven: Garlic bread is typically baked in an oven to achieve a crispy texture and golden brown color. You will need an oven for baking the bread.
- Baking sheet or oven-safe dish: You will need a baking sheet or an oven-safe dish to place the garlic bread on for baking. This allows the bread to bake evenly and prevents it from sticking to the oven rack or bottom of the oven.
- Mixing bowl: You will need a mixing bowl to combine the butter, garlic, and other ingredients to make the garlic butter spread.
- Mixing utensil: You will need a mixing utensil, such as a spoon or a spatula, to mix the garlic butter spread and spread it onto the bread.
- Knife or bread knife: You will need a knife or a bread knife to slice the bread, if using a whole loaf or baguette, or to spread the garlic butter onto the bread slices.
- Cutting board: You will need a cutting board to slice the bread or to spread the garlic butter onto the bread slices.
- Aluminum foil or parchment paper (optional): You may choose to line your baking sheet or oven-safe dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup and to prevent the bread from sticking.
How to store Garlic Bread
- Room temperature storage: If you plan to consume the garlic bread within a few hours, you can simply wrap it tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store it at room temperature. Avoid leaving it exposed to air to prevent it from drying out.
- Refrigerator storage: If you have leftover garlic bread that you want to store for a longer period of time, you can store it in the refrigerator. Wrap the garlic bread tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, or place it in an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
- Freezer storage: If you want to store garlic bread for an extended period of time, you can freeze it. Wrap the garlic bread tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, or place it in an airtight container. Label it with the date and store it in the freezer for up to 1-2 months.
- Reheating: When you're ready to enjoy the garlic bread, simply remove it from the refrigerator or freezer and let it come to room temperature. To reheat, you can place it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10 minutes, or until heated through and crispy. Alternatively, you can also reheat it in a toaster oven or a regular toaster on low heat for a few minutes.
Garlic Bread Recipe Top tips
- Use fresh bread: Start with a fresh loaf or baguette of bread for the best results. Fresh bread will have a better texture and flavor compared to stale or old bread.
- Choose the right type of bread: Choose a bread with a firm texture and a relatively low moisture content, such as a baguette, Italian bread, or French bread. These types of bread tend to hold up well to the garlic butter spread and maintain a crispy texture when baked.
- Use real butter: For the best flavor, use real butter instead of margarine or spreads. Butter adds a rich and delicious taste to the garlic bread. You can use salted or unsalted butter depending on your preference.
- Use fresh garlic: Use freshly minced garlic for the best flavor. Avoid using pre-minced garlic in a jar, as it may lack the fresh garlic flavor and can sometimes be bitter.
- Customize the seasoning: Feel free to customize the seasoning to your preference. You can add other herbs or spices such as parsley, oregano, thyme, or red pepper flakes to the garlic butter for added flavor.
- Don't skimp on the spread: Generously spread the garlic butter mixture on the bread slices or the bread halves to ensure that the flavor is evenly distributed. Make sure to spread it all the way to the edges for maximum flavor.
- Toast the bread before adding the garlic butter: To enhance the flavor and texture of the garlic bread, you can lightly toast the bread slices or bread halves in the oven before spreading the garlic butter on top. This will give the bread a crispy texture and prevent it from becoming too soggy when the butter is added.
- Add cheese for a twist: For a cheesy garlic bread, you can sprinkle grated cheese, such as mozzarella, cheddar, or Parmesan, on top of the garlic butter before baking. The cheese will melt and create a gooey, flavorful topping.
- Keep an eye on baking time: Watch the garlic bread closely while it's baking to avoid burning. Baking time can vary depending on the type of bread and the thickness of the slices, so keep an eye on it and adjust the baking time as needed to achieve the desired level of crispiness.
- Serve it hot: Garlic bread is best served hot, so serve it immediately after baking for the best flavor and texture.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove