Italian Garlic Bread

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This Italian Garlic Bread is an easy homemade garlic bread recipe made with a little butter, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and parsley.  It’s a delicious light garlic bread that I love to serve  with salads during warm summer months.

This Italian Garlic Bread is an easy homemade garlic bread recipe made with a little butter, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and parsley

This is the best garlic bread recipe to make during warm summer months.  It’s a no-fuss easy homemade garlic bread to serve with salads and save the heavier, cheesier garlic breads to serve with soups and pastas.

This Italian Garlic Bread is an easy homemade garlic bread recipe made with a little butter, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and parsley

I love a good Italian restaurant that serves healthy baskets of garlic bread.  Whether the basket is filled with razor thin slices of bread toasted to perfection and dripping with butter, or it’s filled with big chunky pieces of toasted baguette impressively decorated with bits of fresh garlic, wafer thin leaves of parsley….and ….dripping with butter.  It matters not to me.  I especially love a good Italian restaurant that serves refills of healthy baskets of garlic bread.

I like to use different herbs, spices and even different bread when I make garlic bread.   Sometimes I’ll make healthy garlic bread using multigrain rolls brushed with Italian seasoned butter and olive oil (this was my dad’s favorite).

BEST BREAD FOR GARLIC BREAD

A loaf of thick Italian or French bread makes the best garlic bread.

HOMEMADE GARLIC BREAD RECIPE

This is a simple garlic bread recipe that’s great to serve with grilled chicken and fish and large salads during the warm summer months.

  • 1 large fresh baguette
  •  1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  •  4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  •  3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  •  1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  •  2-3 teaspoons lemon zest (use organic lemons)
  •  Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  •  Fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

HOW TO MAKE GARLIC BREAD

It’s easy to make your own garlic bread at home with this recipe.  This garlic bread recipe comes together in about 15-17 minutes start-to-finish.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  3. Slice the baguette.  Place the slices of bread on the prepared cookie sheet.
  4. In a small sauce pan, over medium-low heat, melt the butter.  Add the olive oil, garlic and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest.  Simmer until the butter turns golden. 
  5. Using a pastry brush,  generously brush each bread slice with the garlic butter.  Lightly sprinkle each bread slice with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from oven. 
  7. Add a pinch of chopped parsley and another pinch of lemon zest to the top of each slice of bread.

EASY SIDE DISH RECIPES

 

This Italian Garlic Bread is an easy homemade garlic bread recipe made with a little butter, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and parsley
Yield: 4 Servings

Italian Garlic Bread

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

This Italian Garlic Bread is an easy homemade garlic bread recipe made with a little butter, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and parsley.  It's a delicious light garlic bread that I love to serve  with salads during warm summer months.

Ingredients

  • 1 large fresh baguette
  • 1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons lemon zest (use organic lemons)
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside.
    3. Slice the baguette.  Place the slices of bread on the prepared cookie sheet.
    4. In a small sauce pan, over medium-low heat, melt the butter.  Add the olive oil, garlic and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest.  Simmer until the butter turns golden. 
    5. Using a pastry brush,  generously brush each bread slice with the garlic butter.  Lightly sprinkle each bread slice with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 
    6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from oven. 
    7. Add a pinch of chopped parsley and another pinch of lemon zest to the top of each slice of bread.
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