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Herbed Garlic Bread

11 Comments 16 May 2012

Bet you didn’t realize there was yet another way to do garlic bread, huh? Neither did we. So thanks once again to Food Network magazine, we bring you Something Tasty This Way Bakes. Or Something Easy This Way Makes. Or…something. The point is, it tastes really, really fine and it’s – our fave – easy.

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The great thing about garlic bread makings is the few, simple ingredients. Honestly, if you’re ingredients number too much more than what you see here, you are making it way too complicated. I mean, that’s just what I think personally. I dunno, maybe someone somewhere has a magical 20-Ingredient Garlic Bread and it’s awesome. But I’m betting it’s rare.

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Lookit! We’re slicing bread. Cool demo, huh?

I got this Italian bread from my grocery store deli. Soon we’re going to sacrifice it to the Carb gods, but first it needs to get purty.

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These are what will make your bread worthy of being sacrificed to the Carb gods. The original only calls for one herb – parsley – but I had some thyme on hand so we went with that as well. Thyme’s my fave, you cannot go wrong with it.

A little rock on hand symbol and you’re ready for the other awesome ingredient.

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Butter. As in melted. With the garlic simmered in it for a few minutes. After that just dump the herbs in, give it all a stir and we’re ready! Easy peasy pleasey.

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Now, it is a little tricky to slide the garlic butter herb mixture into each pocket of the bread, into each slice. You can see it’s not sliced all the way through. Just do your best. It seemed to me that I wasn’t doing a good job getting it evenly onto the bread, but it worked out great in the end.

Save some for spreading over the top of the bread. After the bread crisps a little, it will make the garlic and herbs on top taste even more wonderful.

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Serve this pretty, smells-like-oh-my-word bread right on the cutting board so you can finish slicing it at the table. It’s as close to freshly-made garlic bread as you can get without having had to bake it yourself, and that’s OK. As we’re fond of cheering on around here, sometimes you just need a time-saver, but you still deserve one that tastes good. Another winner, thanks, Food Network.

Herbed Garlic Bread

from Food Network Magazine, April 2012

Prep Time: 5 minutes    Cook Time: 20 minutes    Level: Easy    Serves: 6-8

  • 1 loaf Italian bread, such as from a grocery bakery
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsely
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or other favorite herb (optional)
  • salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Slice the bread, stopping short of the bottom so the loaf stays intact. Melt the butter with the olive oil; add the minced garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Stir in the chopped parsley and any other herbs if using. Spread the garlic mixture between the bread slices; wrap in foil and bake for 15 minutes. Unwrap and bake until crisp, 5 more minutes.


You might need more butter depending on the size of the bread loaf. Just an FYI – try to gauge it for yourself and add another tablespoon if you feel you need to.

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11 Comments so far

  1. This sounds delicious and easy. perfect recipe!
    Thank you 😉

  2. Absolutely delicious!!!!!
    Congratulations for your site: I made the cheese crackers were spectacular and so tasty.
    Great step-by-step photos, really useful.

    Thanks for sharing all these amazing recipes 😉

    • KMont says:

      Thank you very much! And we’re glad you liked the crackers! We appreciate your feedback. We love doing the step-by-step photos. I’ve often wished to see more of the process on other food blogs.

  3. Emily says:

    Really lovely photos! This looks delicious!

  4. am says:

    garlic bread

  5. I’ve made garlic bread this way for years, I thought that’s how everybody made it!

    But, one tip, crush the garlic to a paste in a pestle & mortar, it tastes even better.

    • KMont says:

      There are so many ways to make great garlic bread, but they’re probably still pretty close/similar. 😉 Thanks for the garlic crushing tip! I do try to mince it very fine; the smaller you make it the more powerful the flavor will be. Crushing seems like the natural next level.

  6. I love Garlic Bread and I love Herbs! What a great idea to mix them up. Thanks for your inspiration.


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