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Authentic Garlic Bread



It's been a while since I've shared a recipe or two with you. We're big pasta eaters in our house and we try and have it at least once a week. However, we love bread just as much and try to incorporate it with our meals. Nothing goes hand in hand with pasta quite as well as garlic bread, and while I sometimes buy it at the grocery store when I'm too lazy to make my own, there's nothing like having your own homemade authentic garlic bread to go along with your family meal. It is so easy to make that you may not ever go back to buying garlic bread at the grocery store any longer.

Authentic Garlic Bread


Ingredients

12" baguette or ciabatta bread loaf
4 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
Pinch of salt
Crushed red pepper


Instructions

Preheat the oven to broil

Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.

Slice the bread horizontally and open it up to expose the inside of both halves.

Brush the bread with olive oil until evenly coated. I used about 2 tablespoons per half.

Sprinkle with salt and crushed red pepper, if desired.

Place the bread on your prepared pan under the broiler.

Broil for 2-3 minutes or until evenly golden brown. I like to rotate the pan a few times to ensure even browning.


As soon as the bread comes out of the oven, rub each half with the raw garlic clove. Since the bread is still hot and the top is coarse, the garlic will dissolve right into the bread as you rub it.

Serve immediately with torn fresh basil and Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top, if desired.

Notes:

We serve garlic bread alongside pasta, soups and even salads. This is also a good base recipe for cheese bread or pizza. Just make the bread as directed and then top it with whatever you like.

The garlic flavor in this bread is more prominent, because the garlic isn't fully cooked. If you prefer a more mellow garlic flavor, you can spread it with roasted garlic instead.

Annmarie John
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  1. You can't have pasta without garlic bread - at least not in my family. Your authentic garlic bread looks so delicious. It's only breakfast time and I'm craving it.

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    1. That's the great thing about garlic bread - you can have it for breakfast too.

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  2. I never thought of adding crushed red pepper to my garlic bread, sounds like a great idea. I love using extra virgin olive oil in all my cooking. Will be trying your recipe on our next pasta night.

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  3. Garlic bread is one of my favorite foods of all time. It's so deliciousand crunchy and flavorful. I haven't made it in a while. I will try making it again soon!

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    1. You should, especially if it's been a while since you've done it.

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  4. Wow, this looks so good. I love making garlic bread as a side dish for Italian dinners.

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    1. Yes they are a perfect addition to any Italian meal.

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  5. I made this or something close to it recently, and boy, was it amazing. I love the way the garlic dissolves into the warm bread. YUM.

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    1. Oh I'm pretty sure it was delicious! I've seen all the yummy meals you've dished up and I want to try them all.

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  6. This sounds amazing! I am a sucker for garlic bread it is one of my favorites to have with pasta dishes!

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    1. Garlic bread and pasta just go hand in hand, you really can't have one without the other.

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  7. We just love garlic bread in my house! This looks like an easy but tasty recipe.

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    1. Yes it is actually pretty easy and just as delicious as it looks.

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  8. I like my bread buttery and toasted, I'm drooling at the thought. I don't buy or make garlic bread often but I do enjoy it with my pasta.

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    1. Oh you've most certainly have to make it yourself next time. Nothing like your own.

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  9. Oh my goodness this is just the best sounding garlic bread - there is something about it being on a fresh French loaf and all prepared that so beats the ones you buy ready done.

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    1. You've got that right Sarah. I love making my own and it does taste so much better. It might be because I know exactly what's on it.

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  10. Mmm, I'd love to make some of this bread. It would be great with some pasta!

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    1. It would most certainly go great with pasta.

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  11. Wow what an awesome recipe! I love garlic bread so much and I would love even more to make it myself, yummy! -Kendall

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    1. And you can make it yourself because it's pretty easy to do.

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  12. This looks SO good! What a great idea for the summer and a great side dish, I love garlic bread! Yum! -Bella B

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    1. Thank you and it's a great side dish no matter what season. :)

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  13. This does indeed sound like an awesome authentic garlic bread. It looks delicious and I would love to try this recipe. We all love garlic bread and I grow-up eating it with my grandmother being a 100% Italian. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. You're very welcome Rebecca and I can just imagine your grandma's cooking. We love Italian meals in our house.

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  14. I love love love garlic bread!And this being authentic makes me love it more. Will try this recipe.

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    1. Thank you Peachy and I can guarantee that you'll love it.

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  15. This is one of my favorite things to serve with a meal. I swear there is nothing better than freshly made garlic bread.

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    1. Oh you can say that again. There truly isn't anything better than the smell of homemade bread right out of the oven.

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  16. I love Garlic Bread!I can eat the whole bread everyday :) Thanks for sharing this recipe

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    1. You're welcome Rika and you can always try.

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  17. I know my family would absolutely LOVE this! We eat pasta pretty often, so this would be perfect to go with it!

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    1. Oh pasta and garlic bread certainly goes hand in hand. Give it a try!

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