If you love to cook and bake, but you don’t have the best track record with Garlic Bread Homemade, we’ve got a tip that could turn you into an expert in minutes.
First things first: there are two things you should never try to make garlic bread without — garlic and butter. The process for making garlic bread is simple because all it really requires is those two ingredients! You can also add some salt if desired.
The first step is to simply smash two cloves of garlic with the flat side of a knife. You want to make sure you get as much of the cloves out as possible — you don’t want a bunch of clove bits in there!
Next, you’ll add one stick (2 tablespoons) of butter either melted or softened. If you prefer pecans, another option is walnuts, and a pinch of salt for garnish is also great if desired.
Then, using a fork or your hands (if you’re feeling brave!), mix the garlic and butter together before taking a small piece of bread (or bread slice) and rubbing both sides with the mixture.
Now, you can either spread the bread onto a baking sheet with the mixture, or — if you’re using the oven — just stick it straight onto your baking sheet.
The key is to make sure the butter mixture is evenly distributed throughout the bread first. Then, place it into your oven and don’t forget to watch it!
You’ll find that this homemade garlic bread should take a good 20 minutes or so to bake, but we recommend checking on it a few times. When you pull it out of the oven, there should be a nice golden crust appearing on each side. If you pick up the bread, it should be firm enough to support itself. After you take it out of the oven, let it sit for about five minutes before eating to allow the bread to ‘set’ a little bit.
How to make garlic bread toast on pan
For those who don’t have a bread maker, you can also make garlic bread in the oven. If you do not wish to use the oven you can also use a pan on top of the stove to toast it.
Take one slice of bread at a time and place it in your pan. On medium heat, roast the bread for about three minutes or until it is lightly browned on the bottom side. Turn the bread over and add a dollop of garlic butter on top.
Put the bread back in the pan and cook it on medium heat for another minute or so until the other side is browned. Repeat this process until you have used all of your bread slices.
Now you should have some delicious garlic bread and you can place each piece between two pieces of cheese or just enjoy it by itself. You could serve this with a nice soup and salad to complete your meal.
Making garlic bread in a sandwich maker
You can also make garlic bread in your sandwich maker. This is a great idea because it will cut down on the mess and you do not have to turn on your oven or stove. If you do not own one of these then you can still use this idea in an iron skillet.
To begin, take one slice of bread at a time and put it in your sandwich maker. Press the sandwich maker’s lever down and close it for about thirty seconds. Open the sandwich maker and put a dollop of garlic butter on each piece of bread.
Close the sandwich maker again and press down on the lever for another thirty seconds or so. Open up your sandwich maker, turn your bread over, add garlic butter to it, and then close the sandwich maker one more time.
Repeat this process until you have used all of your bread slices. You should have some delicious garlic bread and you can place each piece between two pieces of cheese or just eat it alone.
How To Make The Best Garlic Bread Homemade
2 cloves of garlic
1 stick (2 tablespoons) of butter (either softened or melted)
Parmesan cheese, to taste (optional)
Mash garlic cloves with the flat side of a knife. Mix in butter. Add Parmesan cheese, if desired. Spread mixture onto bread and/or toast slices. Spread evenly before baking on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown on top, checking every few minutes to ensure proper cooking time.
Cooking note – You can use olive oil in place of the butter and regular bread in place of the french loaf. You can also add a little fresh chopped parsley to the bread for a little colour and flavour. Simply bake for about 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown, crispy and crunchy.
Tips for the Garlic Bread Homemade:
There are a lot of different ways to make garlic bread. Some people prefer to nuke the garlic for a few seconds in the microwave, rub it on the loaf of bread and go to town with a fork. Others like to mash up the garlic cloves with a knife in order to get every last bit out before spreading butter on their bread. Still others simply combine butter with garlic powder and use that instead! Whatever way you choose, with this recipe your end result should be near perfect every time.
You can also use different spices, such as oregano, basil, thyme and parsley. For a sweeter version of garlic bread you might try adding a little extra garlic to the mixture. You’ll also likely want to add some extra salt. However, we recommend starting out with a couple of small sprinkles of salt at first and seeing how the bread turns out before upping the amount in an attempt to make it ‘salty’.
You can also try using different types of breads. For instance, if you don’t have a loaf of french bread available, you can use cubed white bread instead. If you prefer caraway seeds, or other seeds, be sure to use the same quantity each time.
How to store Garlic Bread
So you’ve made some amazing garlic bread, but how do you store the leftovers? The good news is, garlic bread is a good candidate for reheating in the oven. This means you can make a bunch at once, and then use what you need for dinner that night and save the rest for later. Be sure to wrap your bread in foil or plastic wrap to keep it from drying out or getting a hard crust on it.
What to Serve with Garlic Bread
Get creative with your garlic bread and serve it with some tasty dips or spreads! Here are a few of our most popular suggestions:
Horseradish cream – (horseradish sauce) and Parmesan cheese, to taste. Serve with hot roast beef for a hearty winter meal. You can also try this recipe.
Marinara Sauce – Good with any kind of pasta dish. Try this recipe.
Hummus – This tasty Middle Eastern spread is a delicious dip. Try this recipe.
Whipped Garlic Butter – A favourite for garlic bread at our house! Try this recipe.
Try these recipes too!
You can try this recipe with regular garlic instead of garlic powder if desired — just mince it up and mix in. You can also add other spices such as rosemary, thyme or a pinch of curry powder for a Mediterranean flair. Finally, you can omit one of the ingredients and just add whatever you have on hand to make it interesting like this recipe from Taste of Home .
I hope that you enjoy these tips and that they make your garlic bread making experience more enjoyable and successful.