I fucking love bread. Who doesn’t? And I’d eat garlic bread as a meal all by itself if I could. But I’m an “adult” and I can’t. And while garlic bread isn’t expensive necessarily, I do love buying in bulk and freezing.
So enter Costco, my favorite place to spend 2 hours on a Sunday. They have a pack of two fresh baguettes for like $4.99. I usually grab two, because they freeze really well.
Like seriously, you just cut these baguettes in half and wrap them in tin foil and toss them in the freezer. When you’re ready, you can take them out and defrost them in the microwave in like 30 seconds. It’s amazing. And you get basically two loaves out of one baguette, which is a lot of damn bread. I love it.
Garlic bread is seriously the easiest side to add to any meal. Spaghetti, sure. But also like any pasta, steak, chicken, pork, you name it. It’s just the best. AND you know exactly what’s in it so you can make it healthier if you want (like use less butter or salt, or a different kind if you prefer).
Make this bread immediately
So go get you somma dat Costco bread – or any French baguette works – and get started.
Cut the bread in half and freeze one for later if you want. If you’re entertaining or cooking for a large group (or you’ve had one of those fucking days and you need it all for yourself, no judgement), feel free to do the whole baguette. You’ll just double down on the spread for the whole thing.
Then cut it hotdog style. That may be a Midwest thing to say, so I apologize if you don’t get that. It basically means length wise or whatever-the-fuck it is. Cut the half in half. Shit.
Once you got the bread prepped, it’s time to get the spread ready. Oh and you may want to preheat that oven to 400°. For the spread, you’ll want to use 1 stick of softened butter to start. You don’t necessarily leave it out on the counter to soften, I usually put it in the microwave for 10 seconds or so and call it good. Just make sure it’s not melted. You want spreadable butter. Adding some olive oil to the butter will make it spread more easily.
Now you’ll add the good stuff.
All these ingredients are added to your taste. I have some arbitrary measurements in the recipe, but adjust them to fit your needs/likes. I use kosher sea salt because it’s what I have on hand and I also use minced garlic and dried parsley because it’s easy. If you want to fucking mince your own garlic and add fresh chopped parsley, knock your fucking socks off, man. Does my way still taste great? Fuck yes it does.
Add that shit to your softened butter spread and mix it thoroughly.
Now it’s time to spread that on yo bread. I slather the shit out of that bread because that’s how I like it. You do you, though. Just make sure to evenly cover the tops of both sides. You don’t want anyone grabbing an unbuttered piece and then thinking you’re a cheap ass who just warmed up plain bread.
Once you got that bread buttered, you pop that shit in the oven for 10 minutes at 400°. I use a foil-lined baking sheet because as the butter melts, it likes to leak out a bit. Then it kinda pools around the bottom of the bread and gets crispy and delicious and my mouth is watering just thinking about it right now.
Once that bread is done, take it out and slice it up. Serve it with literally any meal you want. It’s great. People will compliment the shit out of you and your homemade garlic bread. They will think you’re some kind of Martha Stewart wannabe and they’ll ask when your Food Network show debuts. Trust me.
Seriously, when I was taking these pictures I couldn’t even fucking wait two minutes to take the goddamn picture to eat two pieces. Seriously, I have a bread problem and that problem is that this garlic bread is so fucking good it’s ridiculous.
Best Garlic Bread Ever
- 1 stick Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
- Parsley to taste
- 1 loaf French Baguette
- Salt to taste
Prepare the bread
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the baguette sandwich style (down the middle, making a top and bottom half).
- You can use an entire loaf or freeze half the baguette for later.
Prepare the spread
- Soften 1 stick of unsalted butter, either on the counter or in the microwave. Do not melt the butter.
- In a small bowl, add the olive oil to help make the butter spreadable.
- Add in the minced garlic, salt, and parsley. All the amounts can be adjusted to your taste.
- Stir until mixed thoroughly.
- Place bread halves on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Evenly spread butter mixture over baguette halves, making sure to cover the bread as much as possible.
- Place the bread spread side up in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until the bread is golden and crunchy.