How often do we come across people who refuse to have pasta unless garlic bread is also provided for? As if, pasta is incomplete without it. Pizza outlets all over have begun experimenting with this simple, non-descript accompaniment to lasagna, pasta, spaghetti or pizza, owing to its popularity among all. This variety of bread became a household name during the 1940s, when Italian-American cuisine gained recognition, and restaurants serving Italian-American dishes came up everywhere. It has its variations too – ranging from slices of Italian or French bread smeared with garlic butter, bread brushed with olive oil with sprinklings of minced garlic and herbs and so on. Here are some easy recipes for making Garlic bread at home.
Garlic Bread Recipes
- Bread/bun (preferably baguette) – 2/3 slices
- Butter – 3 tsp
- Garlic grates – 1 tsp
- Garlic powder – 1/2 tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Basil powder – 1 tsp
- Coriander leaves – finely chopped
- Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
- Paprika powder – 1/2 tsp
- Slice the bun in a slant way so as to get longer slices than the size of the bread roll.
- In a bowl, mix basil powder, pepper powder, butter, garlic grates, and garlic powder into a smooth blend.
- Use this butter to smear the slices of bread. Crush coriander leaves between the palms of your hand for garnishing; also add paprika flakes.
- Place these slices with butter side up on a cookie dish and heat in the oven for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.
- 16-ounce loaf of Italian bread or French bread – 1
- Unsalted butter, softened – ½ cup (1 stick)
- Large cloves of garlic, smashed and minced – 2
- Freshly chopped parsley – 1 heaped tablespoon
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional) -- 1/4 cup
- Preheat the oven at three hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a small bowl, mix butter, crushed garlic and parsley together into a coarse paste and spread it over the two halves.
- Place the two halves on a sturdy baking pan and place them in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle parmesan cheese.
- Return to the oven and, placing it on the topmost rack, broil on high heat for a good 2-3 minutes, till the sides of the bread turns a golden brown and the cheese begins to bubble. Keep a watch over the bread as it broils, however, to prevent it from getting burnt.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for a minute. When sufficiently cool, cut into slices about 1 inch thick.
Easy Garlic Bread Strips
- Loaf of bread – 1
- Butter (softened) – 1 stick
- Garlic cloves – 4
- Garlic powder – 2 tsp
- Dried Parsley and herbs – ½ tsp
- Halve the bread lengthwise with the help of a serrated knife.
- Mix butter, crushed garlic cloves, garlic powder, parsley, and herbs in a bowl and smear both the halves with this mixture.
- Cut the bread into half-inch strips, without cutting all the way through.
- Put both the halves back together and, wrapping them in heavy foil, refrigerate till half an hour before the time to serve
- Remove from the fridge and separate the halves
- Place on foil and heat in the oven, preheated at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for ten minutes.
- Separate the slices before serving.