Garlic Bread

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Toasty, buttery, herby, covered in a dusting of salty parmesan cheese, piping hot and fresh out of the oven—our homemade garlic bread recipe is everything you're craving right now, and then some.  

Garlicky, Buttery Slabs of Bread. Need We Say More?

We don’t need to sell you on garlic bread as a concept, right? Buttery, garlicky, toasty carbs? Yeah. We’re all on board. But our homemade garlic bread recipe is a particular stand-out—with loads of parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and plenty of garlic, it’ll make your whole house smell heavenly.

Ingredients for perfect garlic bread; crusty bread, fresh parsley, parmesan cheese, garlic, butter and salt

Garlic Butter x2:

The secret to truly sumptuous garlic bread spread is to whip not one but two kinds of garlic into your softened butter. Our homemade garlic bread recipe gets its garlicky punch from:

  • Fresh garlic. Six cloves of it, in fact! After all, it’s not called butter bread, it’s called GARLIC bread. Go big, guys.
  • Garlic powder. A little extra boost of garlicky flavor, and it’ll blend beautifully with your softened butter, ensuring that every last nook and cranny of your toasty bread is imbued with the sweet-sharp flavor of our favorite allium.

The Best Garlic Bread Recipe Ever.

Whether you’re looking for a quick way to impress dinner guests, or just a treat for your next family movie night, our cheesy garlic bread recipe is just the thing. Here’s why it works so well:

  • Softened butter. This is the only “big ask” this recipe makes of you—remember to leave some unsalted butter out to soften about an hour before you’re going to make the garlic bread. In a pinch, you can soften butter quickly by pounding it with a rolling pin.
  • Cheese! Not every homemade garlic recipe calls for parmesan, but as far as we’re concerned that’s just a big missed opportunity. We’re firm believers in cheesy garlic bread.
  • Fresh parsley! Keyword “fresh”. The dried stuff has no place here, where as fresh parsley will enliven your garlic bread with color and a lovely herbal lift.
close up of cheesy baked garlic bread topped with fresh parsley

How To Make Garlic Bread From Scratch:

Making fresh garlic bread at home is so easy. As with so many recipes, once you get over the hurdle of trying it for the first time, you’ll be hooked. If you have kids and they’re interested in cooking, this is a great one for them to get involved in, too, since most of the work is just mixing and spreading. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Make garlic butter. Mix the herbs, garlic (x2) and cheese with your butter until well combined.
  2. Slather generously. Slice your bread in half and slather the halves with your herby garlic butter.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese and bake!
  4. Eat up! And, if you’re like us, probably get started on making garlic bread loaf #2.
baked garlic bread cut up into slices with a knife

What Do You Eat Garlic Bread With?

Garlic bread is a dreamy side dish for most any meal. Although we traditionally think of Italian-American food pairings for garlic bread—spaghetti and meatballs, or fettuccine alfredo—it’s actually hard to think of something that it wouldn’t go well with. We’ve enjoyed it with:

cheesy garlic bread cut into slices

Tools You’ll Need:

closeup of cheesy garlic bread cut into slices

How Did You Enjoy It? 

We’d love to see! Snap a photo of your dinnertime (or snack time, or movie night) spread and maybe even a video of the beautiful people you share it with. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Garlic Bread

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 rustic loaf of bread
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
2 sticks butter, softened
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, divided

Method

  1. In a medium sized bowl mix together butter, parsley, garlic, garlic powder, salt and half of the grated parmesan cheese.
  2. Cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise, being careful to keep the thickness the same on both halves.
  3. Using a pastry knife or spatula spread half of the garlic butter mixture on the one half of the loaf. Repeat with remaining butter and second half. Set prepared loaves on a rimmed baking sheet and top with remaining parmesan cheese.
  4. Place on center rack in oven and Broil on until golden brown. About 3-5 minutes. **
  5. Removed from oven and garnish with extra parsley. Best served warm. Enjoy!
  6. **Broilers vary from oven to oven so be sure to keep a close eye on your bread!