Simple Garlic Bread

Italian is one of my favorite types of food to eat. And what is Italian food without some good garlic bread? It’s a staple of Italian food! But I am terrible at making garlic bread. Not only does my bread usually taste nothing like restaurant garlic bread, but I also almost always over crisp it. And by over crisp, I mean blacken… char… set off the fire alarms from smoke because it is so “crisp”. My husband says it has something to do with me being unable to focus on only one thing at a time. And thus we’ve had a lot of garlic flavored charcoal made in my house. Yeah. Gross.

However, I have recently succeeded in making good garlic bread… good homemade garlic bread. Garlic bread that I did not burn. And it tasted great. It’s a miracle! So, if you want to make some simple, homemade garlic bread, here’s a recipe to try out.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf crusty French or Italian bread
  • 3/4 stick of butter, softened
  • 1-2 teaspoons minced or mashed fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2-3 teaspoons sun-dried tomato oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Directions

Slice the loaf of bread in half lengthwise, but not cutting all the way through. Open the loaf to reveal the inside of the loaf.

Mix the softened butter, garlic, parmesan, and oregano in a small bowl until thoroughly combined.

Spread butter mixture on to both sides of the bread. Drizzle with sun-dried tomato oil and then sprinkle with paprika.

Place open bread loaf on a baking sheet with the buttered side up.

Bake at 350° for about 7-9 minutes. Broil for an additional minute or two until golden brown. (But watch it carefully!)

Slice bread on a diagonal and serve warm with your favorite Italian recipe. Yum!

Tips & Alterations

  • If you are wondering where you get sun-dried tomato oil, you get it from a jar of sun-dried tomatoes. I frequently have these around my house. I just drizzle a little of the oil out of the jar, but not so much as to dried out the tomatoes.
  • The parmesan cheese really makes this recipe pop. Don’t skip it!
  • Watch the bread carefully when broiling. Getting distracted at this step will equal garlic charcoal. If you have trouble focusing, like I do, and you have someone else in the house with you… ask them to help you focus or watch it for you. (Queue husbandly duties. *Smiles*)

Other than that, it’s a pretty simple recipe. You could use this same recipe and top with cheese, tomatoes, etc. to make garlic pizza loaves or bruschetta. All roads lead to a delicious Italian delight.

Here are a few photos to help inspire your garlic bread cravings…

Start with a loaf of crusty bread. Yum!

Slice it open, but not all the way.

Mash up the butter, garlic, parmesan, and oregano.

Put it on the bread...

Spread, spread, spread.

Drizzle with the sun-dried tomato oil.

Sprinkle with paprika.

Place open side up on a baking sheet.

Golden brown deliciousness.

Sliced and served up with some homemade baked spaghetti. Yum!

Bon appetit!

– GG

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