Garlic Bread

Here’s a short post about something that’s tasty and easy to do!

I love garlic bread! I recognize that it’s probably quite unhealthy but it just tastes so good! My favourite type of garlic bread has a crunchy outside, plenty of garlicky-buttery flavour, and is fresh out of the oven. It’s even better when I add freshly grated mozzarella on top (although I didn’t end up adding this last night)! I like to make it to go along with Italian-themed meals, including lasagna. It’s a bit of a carbohydrate overload, but I think it’s okay to indulge once in awhile.

Here’s what I use when I make cheesy garlic bread:

  • 1 loaf of crusty French or Italian bread or 1 long baguette
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • approx. 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • shredded mozzarella

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mince or crush 3 cloves of garlic.
  3. Add the garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp Italian seasoning to the unsalted butter. Stir it together. If the butter isn’t soft enough, I sometimes microwave it for 20 seconds or so first.
  4. Cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise (like a hot dog bun). At this point you can either spread the garlic butter mixture generously on each half of the bread. Alternatively, you can cut the bread into smaller pieces and then spread the garlic butter mixture generously on each piece.
  5. Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until the bread starts to turn a golden colour.
  6. Remove the bread from the oven.
  7. Optional: Sprinkle generously with shredded mozzarella then bake until the cheese starts to bubble and brown slightly.
  8. Serve! Be careful! It’s hot! 🙂
From left to right: minced garlic; 3/4 cup unsalted butter

From left to right: minced garlic; 3/4 cup unsalted butter

From left to right: olive oil; Italian seasoning

From left to right: olive oil; Italian seasoning

From left to right: garlic butter mixture; grated mozzarella

From left to right: garlic butter mixture; grated mozzarella

From left to right: loaf of crusty Italian bread; finished product (without the cheese on top)

From left to right: loaf of crusty Italian bread; finished product (without the cheese on top)

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