Kids of all ages love this quick garlic toast. Make this in just a few minutes with any bread you happen to have available to you. Great addition to so many family meals.
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Garlic Toast to Finish of a Meal
Garlic bread has just the right amount of buttery, garlic flavor with just the right amount of softness and crunch. It is just perfect to soak up every last bit of sauces and flavors on your plate.
Homemade versus Store Bought Garlic Bread
Sometimes garlic toast is just the perfect accompaniment to a meal. While I do love the garlic bread that is already prepped that just has to be baked in the oven, it is so easy to make that unless I know I am having company for a special meal, I don’t take up the room in my freezer with the prepared garlic bread. But I do love it.
Often, My drive to and from work is just over half an hour; therefore, I generally start planning what I will feed the family then. I know, you would think that I would be a better planner. Well, not so. However, I do plan ahead and make sure that my pantry and freezer is stocked full of good food. This helps me make such a wide variety of meals for my family relatively quickly too, I might add. Therefore, if I want to have garlic toast, I see what is on hand and go from there.
The garlic toast in the photo is made from French Brioche Baguette. I purchased it at our local store as a day-old sale. and popped it into the freezer.
Today, When I got home from work, I took the steak and bread out of the freezer. Within 50 minutes, this is the meal I had on the table for my family. Fresh Green Beans with garlic, Steak with fried mushrooms, and garlic, mustard buttery sauce. Of course, the bread was just the perfect side this evening.
Family loved this meal.
Asiago Flax Seed Bakery Bread
We are lucky enough to have a local bakery that makes a wide variety of flax seed breads. The one we had with this meal had Asiago Cheese incorporated into the bread.
Oh my! So hard to have just two pieces.
I served this with a delicious creamy chicken skillet dinner. It was just perfect together.
Restaurant Garlic Bread
When I worked as a cook in a restaurant, we made garlic bread every evening for guests. With or without cheese. We used french bread loaves cut in half slathered with lots of butter and garlic powder.
If we did add cheese to the bread, it was always mozzarella cheese. Be careful when adding the cheese as it sticks to everything. Therefore, we were careful to pile it high only on the bread. We put it on a wire baking sheet and placed it under the broiler for a few minutes. Delicious.
Well, you can get this same restaurant garlic bread at home anytime you want.
At home, I like to put my garlic bread on a sheet pan. However, if I want to crisp both sides, you can use a pizza pan with lots of holes like this one.
Fresh Garlic or Garlic Powder
If you rub fresh garlic on the bread before putting your butter on, it leaves a delicious garlic taste. You could even mince the garlic and add it to the bread on top. While the bread bakes in the oven, the garlic will develop a lovely, rich flavor.
However, if you are short on fresh garlic, the garlic powder works just fine. Often, that is how I end up making my garlic bread. Butter the bread you are choosing to use, sprinkle on the garlic powder, add cheese if you like, and bake. Just scrumptious.
Cheesy Garlic Bread is Scrumptious
Sometimes, at home, I have used Parmesan Cheese along with Mozzarella Cheese. Try a few cheeses and see what flavors you and your family enjoy.
Use the bread you have on hand to make amazing garlic bread right at home. Just the perfect pairing with so many homemade meals. Give it a try. No need to purchase pre-made.
Quick Garlic Toast
- 8 Slices Bread The kind you like for your garlic bread…any kind will work.
- 1/2 Cup Butter Softened
- 1 Tbl. Garlic Powder
- 1 Cup Cheese Optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you use french bread or a baguette, butter just the sliced side. If you are using a sliced bread, go ahead and butter both sides.
- Liberally sprinkle the garlic powder on each piece of bread.
- Bake at 350 for 5 minutes until the bread is golden and crispy on the outside. If you want to make garlic bread with cheese, it is best to put that under the broiler for 3-4 minutes so the cheese gets all melted.
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