Garlic Bread – Once Upon a Chef

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Warm from the oven, the best garlic bread begins with ciabatta soaked in rich, herb-flecked garlic butter.

sliced garlic bread

There is always happiness chez moi when garlic bread is on the menu, so this easy recipe is in the regular rotation. I use a store-bought Italian ciabatta (pronounced cha-bah-tah) because it has a crisp crust and soft, porous texture ideal for soaking up indecent amounts of garlic butter. To mellow the raw garlic flavor, I cook the garlic butter on the stovetop before spooning it onto the bread. Garlic bread should pack a punch, but it shouldn’t knock you out!

what you’ll need to make garlic bread

 

what you'll need to make garlic bread

Step-by-step Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. In a small saucepan, heat the oil and butter over low heat.

heating butter and oil

When the butter is melted, add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and fragrant but not browned, 1 to 2 minutes.

Off the heat, stir in the salt, pepper, and parsley.

stirring in the salt, pepper, and parsley

Slice the ciabatta in half horizontally.

 

sliced ciabatta

Brush or spoon the garlic butter mixture over the cut sides of the bread, covering completely.

spooning the garlic butter mixture over the cut sides of the bread

Place the halves back together again.

ciabatta halves back together againWrap the bread in aluminum foil.

garlic bread wrapped in aluminum foil

Place directly on the oven rack and bake until warm, about 10 minutes. Unwrap the bread and place it back in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until toasted and crisp.

baked garlic bread on foil

Cut into slices and serve.

sliced garlic bread

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Garlic Bread

Warm from the oven, the best garlic bread begins with ciabatta soaked in rich, herb-flecked garlic butter.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (1-lb) loaf ciabatta bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  2. In a small skillet, heat the oil and butter over low heat. When the butter is melted, add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and fragrant but not browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the salt, pepper, and parsley.
  3. Slice the ciabatta in half horizontally. Brush or spoon the garlic butter mixture over the cut sides of the bread, covering completely. Place the halves back together again and wrap in aluminum foil. Place directly on the oven rack and bake until warm, about 10 minutes. Unwrap the bread and place it back in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until toasted and crisp. Cut into slices and serve.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 346
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Saturated fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Sodium: 387 mg
  • Cholesterol: 31 mg

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