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The Best Garlic Bread

The Best Garlic Bread

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 10 medium garlic cloves unpeeled
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb Artisan loaf of bread halved lengthwise


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-third position and heat to 500 degrees.

  2. Toast garlic cloves in a small skillet over medium heat, shaking pan occasionally, until fragrant and color of cloves deepens, about 8 minutes. 

  3. When garlic cloves are cool enough to handle, skin and mince or press cloves through a garlic press. Using a dinner fork, mash garlic, softened butter, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pinch of pepper in a bowl until thoroughly combined

  4. Spread cut sides of loaf evenly with garlic butter. Transfer loaf halves, buttered side up, onto a baking sheet. Bake at 500 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until top is golden brown. Cut each half into 2-inch slices and serve immediately.

  5. Prepared bread can also be loosely wrapped in foil and kept in warm oven to keep fresh while dinner is being finished and served.