This recipe for garlic bread is infallible for practically any occasion. Especially for summer outdoor meals, friends’ meetings or family dinners. It is prepared in a short time. We can solve an appetizer or snack at any time. And it is also a versatile recipe that we can adapt to our tastes. Here we are going to show how to make garlic bread.
For this garlic bread to be a success you have to try to choose a good bread. Baguette style or rustic bar with little crumb, good crust and not very thick, and good butter. The amount of garlic goes to taste, although I believe that 3 medium-sized teeth for a large bar are perfect. This is a basic recipe, but we can add a touch of flavor by adding a little Parmesan cheese to the mix. Which is not used to gratin but enriches the mixture. But I assure you that without cheese it is an equally addictive delight.
How to make garlic bread
Garlic bread is popular in all countries. It has many health benefits. Let’s know how to make garlic bread.
1 loaf of baguette-style bread, crunchy crust, and firm crumb, 65 g unsalted butter at room temperature, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 3 cloves of garlic, black pepper, Parmesan cheese (optional), a little coarse or flaked salt, fresh parsley.
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Preheat the oven to 180ºC and prepare a tray covered with Greaseproof paper. Try that the butter is at room temperature, with a soft texture. Wash and dry the lemon well. Peel the garlic cloves and chop them very thin. Cut the loaf of bread into slices about one finger thick.
Place the softened butter in a bowl and add the olive oil, the lemon zest, the chopped garlic cloves, a shot of black pepper, the granulated garlic, a pinch of coarse salt and a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, if we use it. Mix everything very well until leaving a creamy texture.
Spread each slice of bread with the creamy paste using a kitchen brush, or a butter knife. Distribute them on the prepared tray and bake for about 12-15 minutes, until the butter has melted and the bread is well browned. Chop parsley and add it before serving.
Garlic Bread Steps
The garlic bread is perfect to serve as an aperitif or to accompany a meal with friends or with the family, especially now that it is time for barbecues and terraces. It can be prepared in advance as it holds crispy until the next day, although it is better to prepare the same day. If left over, we can give it a second life by crushing it to make flavored breadcrumbs, chopping it to have croutons to add to soups such as gazpacho, or adding melting cheese to make toast for gratin. This amazing dish takes 25 minutes to prepare.
How to make garlic bread and gratin cheese
- Total time: 20 m
- Cooking: 10 m
- Decoration: 10 m
We will start preparing a dressing of butter and spices. For this, we serve the butter with the oil and the vinegar until it has a similar consistency to the mayonnaise. At the beginning, we use a fork, then the blender. We incorporate the cloves of garlic and the spices. We can also add some garlic powder and beat again until you get a white and homogeneous sauce.
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With that dressing, we spread the slices of bread. You can cut the slices longitudinally. It were the slice of a sandwich or transversally. It depends a little on whether it is to accompany or to nibble.
At the end, add the grated cheese. You can use the one you like, in my case cheddar cured that I had at home) sprinkle some oregano and chopped parsley and bake for about 10 minutes at 225ºC in the upper part of the oven, until let the bread be browned and the cheese melted and browned. Serve hot.
With which to accompany the bread of garlic and cheese gratin
Although its name, garlic bread and cheese gratin, suggests that this recipe has a strong garlic flavor, the reality is that not so much, at least with the proportions I have used. Cheese and spices are present here. The delicate touch of garlic is certainly noticeable. If you like it stronger or softer, just add a tooth or use one less. Ideal for snacks or accompany any menu with a good beer.
Benefits of garlic bread
There are those who know how to make garlic bread, some buy it, for others garlic bread is delicious, others do not dare to try it, but in spite of everything, here we will tell you the benefits and what garlic bread is for. To be able to obtain its benefits and properties it is best to consume whole grain bread with garlic:
- Eating garlic bread is good.
- Combat constipation because it is rich in fiber which regulates your digestion.
- It helps you take care of your weight, this type of bread helps fool your brain by keeping you full longer, which prevents you from eating more.
- Strengthen your immune system, and improve the response of your body against viruses, fungi, and bacteria.
- Improve blood circulation and protect your heart, arteries and combat cholesterol.
- It fights depression and stress, favors rest and avoids being nervous.
- It is highly recommended for people with diabetes. Whole wheat bread and garlic help maintain glucose levels and reduce the demand for insulin.
- It protects you against cancer of the colon and rectum.
Hopefully, you are now clear how to make garlic bread. It is perfect to add whole foods to our diet and also combined with garlic which is full of great benefits for our health. So, do not hesitate to try the bread with garlic. Remember that bread is much better than whole meal, and do not forget to combine it with a healthy and balanced diet.