You might remember my recent post for Perfect Cheese & Tomato Lasagna, a great recipe I tested and totally approved of. Not that I actually had to test the recipe, because it originated from America’s own test kitchen from Cook’s Illustrated. A kitchen where all recipes get tested over and over until they are perfected. Along with that recipe, I also tested their recipe for making perfect garlic bread… another winner!
Here’s some tips for making the perfect garlic bread…
- Make a garlic paste and use a microplane to mince the garlic. Using a microplane turns the garlic into a fine paste. The paste will cook out, leaving a perfect garlic flavor, without leaving behind little bits of garlic. You’ll add the garlic to a little bit of butter to make a paste.
- Make garlic butter. Start by making a garlic slurry by combining garlic powder and water. The garlic powder gives an almost roasted taste to the garlic. Add some softened butter, cayenne pepper and salt. Yes…just a tiny bit of cayenne pepper.
Perfect crusty bread on the top and soft on the inside:
- Halve a loaf of Italian bread and spread with the garlic butter paste.
- Place the bread, buttered side up on a cookie sheet in a hot oven for 3-4 minutes.
- Flip the bread over. Place a second cookie sheet on top of the bread and slightly press it down and bake for another few minutes. This is what makes the bread nice and crusty on the outside and soft on the inside.
Make this easy crusty bread with your favorite spaghetti or lasagna and enjoy!Print
- 1 loaf Italian bread
- 1 tablespoon garlic, 4-5 cloves
- 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 tablespoons softened butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Make a Paste
- Rub the garlic cloves across a microplane, making it into a paste. Mix the garlic and melted butter together in a small bowl. Microwave for 1 minute.
Make Garlic Butter
- Make a slurry by adding the water and garlic powder to a medium bowl and mixing together. Add the softened butter to the slurry and mix to combine. Add the melted butter mixture, salt and cayenne pepper and mix to combine. Mixture will be the consistency of a paste.
- Using a long serrated knife, half the loaf of bread. Spoon a channel of the garlic butter paste down the center of each half and spread with a spatula.
- Place the halves on a cookie sheet, buttered sides up, and bake for 3-4 minutes. Flip the halves over. Place a second cookie sheet on top of the bread and slightly press down and leave on the bread. Bake for approximately 7-8 minutes and remove from oven.
- The top should be nice and crusty and the inside soft.
- Garlic powder and granulated garlic are basically the same thing. They are both dehydrated garlic, but each having a different texture. You can substitute one for the other in any recipe.