Homemade Garlic Bread

At work yesterday the aroma of Italian food filled the hallways & the break room.

It smelled so incredible, I asked the hubby if we could have spaghetti & garlic bread for dinner.

Immediately I knew I was making everything from scratch besides the pasta.

One day in the future I’ll work up to that but for now, store bought it is.

The online search began for homemade garlic bread. Not that I thought it would be difficult,

 I just really wanted to find an actual recipe.

AND I found an AWESOME one from this cute little blog.

This bread is soo good, I will never even consider buying store bought or frozen ever again.

I highly doubt you will either after trying this! 🙂

Homemade really does make a world of difference!!

After you have mixed all the ingredients, your spread should look like this.

Normally with garlic bread you would use is french bread or a baguette, but my

husband picked out the biggest, widest loaf he could find for our little family of 3.

Needless to say we couldn’t eat it all. HA!

Ingredients

6 large cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
2/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 loaf fresh bread (ciabatta, french, baguette, sourdough), cut lengthwise
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated (plus more to sprinkle on top if desired)

Preheat your oven broiler on the Low setting.

In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients to make a paste/spread (you can also use a food processor if you’d prefer).  Using a flat knife or spoon, spread the butter mixture evenly over the non-crusted portion of the bread. Sprinkle with additional grated parmesan if desired.

Set both sides of the bread, spread-side up, on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and place in the center of the oven under the broiler until the butter is melted and the top starts to becomes golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Take care to pay attention to the bread so it does not burn — it can cook quickly under the broiler.

Once golden, remove from the broiler and set on a cutting board. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes in order to handle. Using a serrated bread knife, cut the bread into portions and serve.

I used 100% whole wheat spaghetti topped with homemade marinara sauce w/ Italian sausage.

Garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese & parsley.

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