The Best Homemade Garlic Bread

Serves: 12

Make perfectly garlicky, buttery, lightly cheesy, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, garlic bread every time.

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1 loaf good quality French bread (can use whole wheat)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon heaping garlic minced (~4 cloves)
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt
6 to 8 tablespoons butter softened
Parmesan cheese to taste
1 teaspoon dried parsley


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat olive oil in small saute pan on stove over medium heat. Add minced garlic and saute until it begins to soften and smell good. DO NOT LET IT BROWN.

Mix sauteed garlic with 1/8 tsp salt and 6 tbsp of butter (unless you have a monstrous sized loaf of french bread, then you might need 8 tbsp). If you use unsalted butter you may want to up the salt to 1/4 tsp.

Slice bread in half like a giant roll, and spread butter mixture evenly on both sides. Sprinkle with dried parsley and parmesan cheese to your tastes.

Put garlic bread back together like a loaf (so the buttered sides are facing each other and the bread is closed).

Bake directly on the top rack for ~7 minutes.

After 7 minutes, open the garlic bread so the buttered sides of both pieces are facing the top of the oven (under the broiler).

Broil bread for about 5 minutes, until beginning to lightly brown and get crispy. Watch EXTREMELY carefully as the garlic bread can easily burn at this point.

Remove from oven, slice, and serve hot.


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