Forget the rest, make the best roasted garlic garlic bread recipe! Each slice of this heavenly baguette bursts with the deep, caramelized flavors of roasted garlic cloves, fresh herbs, and salty parmesan, but is made with just 6 simple ingredients. Whether it’s accompanying tomato soup, classic bolognese, or a holiday feast, this sensational Garlic Bread with Roasted Garlic is the ultimate addition to any dinner table!
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About this roasted garlic clove bread
My roasted garlic garlic bread recipe will have you hooked from the first bite. Here’s why this homemade garlic bread recipe is set to become your new favorite:
- Versatility at its Best: Whether you’re pairing it with a hearty casserole, using it as the base of a stellar steak sandwich, or enjoying it alongside a holiday turkey dinner, this roasted garlic bread recipe fits beautifully into any meal. It’s the perfect side for a fancy dinner party or a casual get-together. Plus, you can easily customize it with herbs or cheeses to match your meal.
- Effortlessly Easy: You don’t need to be a pro baker to make this bread. With a straightforward process and only 10 easy-to-find ingredients in the roasted garlic bread spread, this recipe is accessible to cooks of all skill levels.
- Unforgettable Flavor: The deep, rich taste of roasted garlic infused in every slice makes this bread irresistible. Roasting the garlic transforms it into a sweet, mellow, and complex ingredient that elevates this bread side dish to whole new heights of awesomeness.
- A Crowd-Pleaser: Whenever I’ve served it, this roasted garlic french bread always receives rave reviews. Its universal appeal lies in its perfect balance of flavors and the comforting goodness of fluffy, carby bread.
Ingredients for garlic bread with roasted garlic
While it’s bursting at the seams with big flavors, this garlic bread recipe with roasted garlic requires just a few simple ingredients. Here’s what to grab:
- Unsalted Butter – Making homemade compound butter means seasoning it with all the goodies you want. Start with unsalted to give you greater control over the end product.
- Roasted Garlic – You’ll need to roast a fresh garlic bulb or two, but it’s super easy to do, perfect for making ahead, and the true star of this roasted garlic butter bread.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Look for bottles that mention ‘cold-pressed’ or ‘first-press’ on the label, as these terms indicate a high-quality oil with rich flavor and aroma.
- Scallion – For an extra pop of allium goodness. For maximum flavor, use both the white and green parts.
- Freshly Grated Parmesan – “Freshly grated” is the operative word here.
- Fresh Parsley – Also known as Italian flat leaf parsley, this lemony herb has a more tender leaf than its curly cousin.
- Hot Sauce – For a little bit of acidity and heat. Feel free to adjust to taste!
- Garlic Powder – I love the mild, sweet, cooked flavor of garlic powder, and when we add it to our roasted garlic butter, it adds an extra layer of allium yumminess to the herb garlic bread.
- French Baguette, Italian Bread, or Rustic Crusty Bread – Any crusty loaf that audibly crunches when you squeeze it is perfect here. 😉
Whether you’re looking to spice things up or need to make dietary adjustments, here are some variations on this roasted garlic clove bread to consider:
- Bread Selection: Begin with a base that suits your preference or dietary needs. Opt for a traditional crusty artisanal loaf or find a gluten-free option.
- Cheese Lover’s Dream: Elevate your garlic bread by adding an extra sprinkle of cheese. Try a layer of shredded mozzarella, cheddar, or a vegan cheese alternative before the final bake for a gooey, cheesy delight.
- Herbal Notes: Enhance the flavor by adding more fresh or dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, oregano, or cilantro to this homemade roasted garlic bread. Or simply make this whipped and flavored butter.
- Vegan-Friendly Twist: Easily make this recipe vegan by using plant-based butter and omitting any animal-derived cheese toppings.
- Spicy Version: For an extra kick, mix in some red pepper flakes or finely chopped chili peppers into your garlic spread.
- Seed Topped: For added texture and nutrition, sprinkle sesame or pumpkin seeds on top before baking.
- Garlic Intensity: Adjust the amount of roasted garlic to suit your taste. Add more for a robust garlic flavor, less for a subtler touch.
How to make roasted garlic garlic bread
- Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 375-degrees Fahrenheit. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
- Mix Garlic Paste, Butter, and Oil: To a medium bowl, add the roasted garlic or grated garlic cloves, softened butter, and oil. Next, use a fork to stir and mash the ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
- Add Flavor: To the roasted garlic butter, add the scallions, parmesan, parsley, hot sauce, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Then, use your fork or whisk to stir and mash the ingredients together until well combined and set the butter aside.
- Prep Bread: Use a serrated knife to slice the baguette loaf in half horizontally, making sure both halves are roughly the same size. Then, transfer the bread halves to the baking sheet, cut sides up.
- Butter Bread: Next, use a butter knife to generously spread the garlic butter all over the cut sides of the bread – spreading the butter edge to edge.
- Bake Garlic Garlic Bread: Place the bread in the hot oven and bake for 6-9 minutes for soft garlic bread, or 10-15 minutes for crisp garlic bread.
- Broil – Optional: Remove the garlic bread from the oven. Then, arrange the oven rack so that it’s 5-inches from the heating element. Next, preheat the oven to Broil. Once hot, place the bread back into the oven and broil for 45 seconds to 2 minutes, or until the garlic bread is crispy and golden brown.
- Garnish and Slice: Sprinkle grated parmesan, fresh herbs, and crushed red pepper flakes over the warm garlic bread, if using.
- Serve Warm: Slice the garlic garlic bread into 2 to 3-inch pieces and serve warm with marinara for dipping or your favorite meal. Enjoy!
Expert tips for the best roasted garlic on bread
- Choose a Fresh Loaf: Starting with a fresh loaf is key for the best texture and flavor. Day-old bread will work, but fresh is always preferable.
- Properly Softened Butter: Ensure your butter is properly softened to room temperature to make it easier to mix with other ingredients and easier to spread. Don’t melt the butter, though, as this can make the bread soggy.
- Make Roasted Garlic in Advance: You can roast garlic ahead of time and store it in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for up to a week. You’re also welcome to prepare the roasted garlic butter in advance, then store it in the freezer for up to a month.
- Balanced Garlic Distribution: When applying the garlic butter mixture, aim for even distribution. You want every bite to have that perfect blend of buttery, garlicky goodness.
- Don’t Skimp on the Roasting Time: The magic of this recipe lies in the depth of flavor achieved by properly roasting the garlic. Don’t rush this step – the transformation from raw to sweet, soft, and caramelized is crucial.
- Broil for a Crispy Finish: After baking, if you desire a crunchier top, briefly broil the garlic bread for a minute or two. Watch it closely to ensure it doesn’t burn.
- Pre-cut for Easier Serving: Consider lightly pre-cutting your loaf after topping it with the garlic butter but before baking. This makes it easier to serve after baking and ensures that each piece is perfectly portioned.
- Serve Warm: For the best experience, serve the roasted garlic clove bread warm. It brings out the flavors and makes the bread irresistibly inviting! I like to keep it wrapped in the foil. Then, place it in a basket and top it with a clean towel to hold the heat at the dinner table.
FAQs: frequently asked questions
Does roasted garlic taste better?
Roasted garlic is raw garlic’s sweeter, mellower cousin.
When you roast garlic, it undergoes a wonderful transformation, turning soft and buttery in texture. As well, the garlic flavor becomes sweetly nutty and rich with none of the sharpness of raw garlic. Honestly, it’s like a little bulb of magic that adds a depth of flavor to dishes that regular garlic just can’t match.
So yes, in many recipes, roasted garlic does taste better because it offers a unique and delicious twist!
Can I make it vegan? Or gluten-free?
Sure! To make this roasted garlic clove bread vegan and /or gluten-free, just swap in a dairy-free butter and parmesan substitute of your choice.
Serving roasted garlic bread
Whether it’s a casual family dinner or a more formal gathering, this versatile garlic baguette recipe pairs wonderfully with a variety of main dishes:
- Soups & Stews: The robust flavor of this oven roasted garlic bread is a perfect companion to hearty meals. Dip it into a bowl of creamy tomato basil soup or potato garlic soup. Or, use it to scoop up the last bits of chicken tortellini and spinach soup, Italian sausage soups or this tomato white bean soup.
- Pasta Nights: Elevate your pasta dishes, from short rib bolognese and recipe for chicken florentine to lemon chicken pasta, or pasta with philadelphia cheese, and chicken and tomato pasta recipes, with a side of this aromatic roasted garlic loaf.
- Sauce it Up: Serve your bread garlic toast style with homemade marinara or vodka sauce for sopping.
- Salads: Pair it with a fresh, crisp salad for a satisfying contrast. The richness of the roasted garlic spread bread complements both light, vinaigrette-dressed greens and more substantial salads.
- Charcuterie Boards: Include slices of roasted garlic toast on your charcuterie or cheese boards. It adds a unique flavor and texture that pairs wonderfully with different cheeses and cured fish and meats.
- Barbecues & Grill-Outs: Serve alongside grilled chimichurri steaks. And, its robust flavor also stands up well to the smokiness of barbecue pork.
- As a Base for Bruschetta: Use this garlic rubbed bread as a base for bruschetta. And try topping it with a mixture of tomatoes marinated in basil and balsamic vinegar for a delicious starter.
Storing leftover bread with roasted garlic
Got some leftovers? No worries! Here’s how to keep that garlicky goodness fresh for later:
- In the Fridge: Wrap the bread snugly in foil or pop it into a ziplock bag. It’ll stay good for about 3 to 4 days. When you’re ready for round two, just reheat it in the oven to bring back that delightful crunch.
- In the Freezer: For a longer shelf life, wrap your bread in foil, then slide it into a freezer bag. It can chill there for up to 3 months. When the garlic bread craving hits, you can either let it thaw first or go straight to reheating.
- Reheating: Oven is the way to go! Heat it to 350°F and warm the roasted garlic clove bread for about 10-15 minutes. If you’re in a hurry, a toaster oven works great too. Just try to avoid the microwave, unless you’re a fan of the chewy texture.
And that, my fellow garlic aficionados, is how you turn bread into a loaf affair to remember! Don’t forget, the key ingredient is a little bit of love (and a whole lot of roasted garlic butter). So, go ahead, bake it, share it, love it, and let’s toast to the simple pleasures of life. Until next time, keep spreading the joy one slice of the best garlic bread at a time!
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Roasted Garlic Garlic Bread
- 1 Medium Bowl (for making the roasted garlic butter)
- 1 Clean Cutting Board (for cutting baguette)
- 1 Serrated Knife (for cutting bread)
- 1 Large Baking Sheet (for baking roasted garlic clove bread) (Note: grab the largest one you have!)
- 2 Large Bulbs Roasted Garlic – peeled and smashed into a paste (substitute: 5-6 large Garlic Cloves – grated)
- 1 ½ Sticks Unsalted Butter – softened completely to room temperature (3/4 cup)
- 1 TBS Olive Oil - Use a good quality
- 1 large Scallion – finely chopped: both white and dark green parts (heaping 1 TBS)
- 2 -4 TBS Freshly Grated Parmesan – to taste
- Heaping 1 TBS Finely Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
- 1 tsp Hot Sauce – more or less, to taste
- ½ tsp Kosher Salt
- Heaping ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
- Generous Pinch Black Pepper
- 1 (16-ounce) loaf French Baguette, Italian Bread, or Rustic Crusty Bread
- Prepare Oven and Baking Sheet: Position your oven rack to the center position and then preheat your oven to 375-degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment for easy clean up (optional) and set aside
- Mix Garlic Paste, Butter, and Oil: To a medium bowl, add the roasted garlic paste or grated garlic cloves, softened butter, and oil. Use a fork or small whisk to stir and mash ingredients together until they’re thoroughly combined.
- Add Flavor: To the roasted garlic butter, add the scallions, parmesan, parsley, hot sauce, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Use your fork or whisk to stir and mash the ingredients together until well combined. Set the garlic butter aside.
- Prep Baguette: Place the loaf of bread onto a clean work surface. Use a serrated knife to slice the baguette in half horizontally, making sure both halves are roughly the same size. Transfer the bread halves to prepared baking sheet, cut sides up.
- Butter Bread with Roasted Garlic Butter: Use a butter knife or small rubber spatula to generously spread the garlic butter all over the cut sides of the bread – spreading the butter edge to edge.
- Bake Garlic Bread in Oven: Place the bread in the preheated oven and bake according to below:Bake for 6-9 minutes for soft garlic bread.Bake for 10-15 minutes for crisp garlic bread, or until the edges of the garlic bread are lightly golden brown, and the bread is crispy.
- Optional BROIL for Perfectly Crispy Bread: Remove the garlic bread from the oven and arrange the oven rack so that it’s 5-inches from the heating element. Preheat the oven to Broil. Place the bread back into the oven and broil for 45 seconds to 2 minutes, or until the garlic bread is crispy and golden brown. (Note: Keep a close eye on the bread when broiling as it can go from golden delicious to burned garbage in seconds.) (Tip: In my humble opinion, garlic bread is perfectly crisp and toasted when it just barely resists a gentle squeeze at the edges. I bake my bread for 10 minutes and broil for 45 seconds.)
- Garnish and Slice: Sprinkle grated parmesan, fresh herbs, and crushed red pepper flakes over the warm garlic bread, if using. Once cool enough to handle, slice the bread into 2 to 3-inch pieces.
- Serve Warm: Serve roasted garlic garlic bread warm with marinara for dipping or your favorite meal. Enjoy!
- Butter: Make sure your butter is completely softened to room temperature for the easiest mixing. If I know I'm making this garlic bread, I like to leave the butter out on the counter the night before. (Fun Fact: According to the USDA, butter can sit out at room temperature for up to 2 days.)
- Hot Sauce: I recommend using Tabasco if you've got it!
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