I make a butter compound with the garlic and parsley so that the butter is much easier to spread and the garlic more evenly mixed.
Who doesn’t love a piece (or 5) of cheesy buttery garlic bread – it’s a quick and easy side that can easily be thrown together for any dinner party. For that matter, who doesn’t love bread and cheese?! I first make a compound butter with the garlic and parsley. This way the butter is much easier to spread and the garlic is more evenly mixed.
Ciabatta – Ciabatta is an Italian bread with a chewy exterior. I love ciabatta for it’s light and airy crumb – when you cut it open you notice lot’s of air holes. While you can use French bread, I choose to use ciabatta because the butter melts into all the holes and crevasses and you get a little extra crunch.
Butter – I always use high quality butter. I recommend looking for European butter which has a slightly higher fat content. I typically use unsalted butter when cooking but for this compound butter I choose salted butter. The salted butter brings out the flavor of the garlic and cheese.
Garlic – I use fresh cloves of garlic, the pre-minced jars of garlic don’t taste the same. It loses a lot of the powerful garlic flavor when it’s jarred. This is because it has been soaked in water for a long period of time. Peeling garlic only takes a bit. As the garlic is sautéed the flavor mellows so it’s not very pungent but adds a base flavor.
Mozzarella – Rather than using fresh mozzarella I use part-skim shredded mozzarella in this recipe which melts evenly over the garlic bread for the cheese pull of your dreams.
Parmesan – Parmesan-Reggiano is definitely one of my favorite cheeses. It’s a hard cow’s milk cheese aged for different lengths of time. I’d recommend buying a roughly cut piece of wrapped cheese from the grocery store – it’s typically a higher quality cheese.
How to Make Cheesy Garlic Bread
Step 1: Make the garlic butter.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment add the butter, garlic and parsley and mix on medium-low speed until thoroughly combined and soft.
Step 2: Add bread to a baking sheet.
Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC). Lay both halves of the bread on an aluminum-foil lined baking sheet cut-side up.
Step 3: Spread the butter over the bread.
Use a knife to spread the butter evenly over both sides of the bread.
Step 4: Add the cheese
Top the bread with the mozzarella and Parmesan.
Step 5: Bake
Bake until the cheese is melted and the top is lightly browned, about 12 to 15 minutes.
Step 6: Cut and serve
Cut into 2” slices and serve immediately.
Tips and Tricks for This Recipe
Swaps / Substitutions
You can add additional herbs like chopped basil or oregano for a stronger flavor.
If you don’t have a mixer
If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can easily mix the compound garlic butter in a small mixing bowl. When using this method I recommend ensuring the garlic is very soft and pliable.
How to Store Garlic Bread
Garlic bread can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 days. To reheat, broil on high on a baking sheet until warmed or microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
How to Freeze Garlic Bread
This recipe can be prepped ahead of time and frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat from frozen, wrap the garlic bread in aluminum foil and bake until the cheese has melted, about 15 to 20 minutes.
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