The Best Garlic Bread You’ve Ever Had!

There are pretty much two things I make in life that I feel are the {} that I stand by and those two things are my potato salad and my garlic bread. These two things are the ones that I get complimented on the most and get asked what my recipe is. And the garlic bread one makes me smile inside because it is so dang easy! So I can’t wait to share the “recipe”, I guess you would call it, with you.

My go-to recipe has always just been to slice the garlic bread in half lengthwise and spread a generous amount of softened butter on both sides, sprinkle with garlic salt and parmesan cheese and bake in the oven on 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes until it starts to brown on top. It turns out looking very similar to this:

It turns out perfect every time and I never thought I’d stray from this tried and true recipe. Ever.

But I will tell you what….I tried a new garlic bread seasoning that I found in the “Our Best Bites” cookbook my sister swears by and I have have a new frontrunner for my garlic bread topping. Okay, I guess that’s not exactly true…now I will make a some of each kind because I love each kind equally now.

Apparently Kate from Our Best Bites came about this recipe because she absolutely LOVES the Johnny Garlic Bread Seasoning but could hardly ever find it in local grocery stores and also hated the $7 price tag for a little bottle.

So she came up with a concoction of her own that is just so perfect! It is the perfect blend of Italian herbs and cheese to really take your garlic bread to another level.

Another thing I love about the herb blend is that you can use it in other recipes of theirs like their pizza sauce recipe. If you have some of the herb blend already made in and stored in the fridge, you can make delicious homemade pizza sauce in a snap!

You can also use it on top of bread sticks or recently I added a couple tablespoons to my store bought spaghetti sauce to kick up the flavor a couple more notches and it tasted particularly delicious that day.

Here is the recipe for the garlic bread seasoning. You probably have mostly all of the ingredients on hand already.

Garlic Bread Seasoning


1/2 c. powdered Parmesan cheese

2 tsp. Kosher salt

2 Tbsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. oregano

2 tsp. basil

2 tsp. marjoram

2 tsp. parsley


Combine ingredients in a jar (preferably one with a sprinkle top) and shake. Sprinkle on top of breadsticks or combine 1 1/2 Tbsp. seasoning with 1/2 c. of softened real butter and spread on a loaf of French bread (cut in 1/2 lengthwise). Wrap in foil and bake at 375 until butter’s melted. If you want, you could also pop it open-faced under the broiler for a few minutes so it gets brownish and crispy.

So the ingredient on there that I had never heard of in this mix was marjoram. I was skeptical whether I really needed to go out and buy that for just this purpose since I have never used it before but I swear that is the star ingredient that really makes this stand out. This was what Kate from Our Best Bites said specifically addressing this mysterious ingredient marjoram.

“You might think you’ll never use marjoram again, but we can pretty much guarantee that even if you buy it just for this recipe, you’ll use it up in no time. In the meantime, store herbs, especially those you don’t use often in the freezer. To test if they’re still good open the lid and smell them. If you can’t smell the herbs distinctly or can’t smell anything at all, toss them out and replace.”

For good measure I’m going to share that tomato sauce recipe that uses this garlic blend in it. It is also so easy to throw together and not only makes a great pizza sauce but a great dipping sauce for bread sticks as well.

What is your go-to way to make garlic bread? Everyone seems to have their own spin on making garlic bread so I’d love to try what you suggest!

Pizza Sauce


1 6-oz. can tomato paste
6 oz. water (just use the empty tomato paste can)
3 Tbsp. garlic bread seasoning
1 Tbsp. sugar or honey (I usually use sugar because it’s easier and hey, I think we’ve established here that if there’s an easy road or a hard road, I usually take the easy road…)
3/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)


Empty tomato paste into a bowl and add water a few tablespoons at a time, stirring constantly until combined. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and allow to stand until ready to use. Covers two average-sized pizza; freezes extremely well.

Add Recipe to Cook'n

Add Recipe to Cook'n


    Mary Richardson
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
    Email the author!

blog comments powered by Disqus