Homemade garlic bread is easy, fun, and so much cheaper than storebought. Packed with cheesy goodness and flavor in every buttery bite, this side dish is perfect for any occasion!
It only takes a minute or two to prep this cheesy garlic herb bread so you can prep the bread while the oven preheats to a high broil. We’ll only need to cook the bread for a few short minutes to melt the buttery cheesy spread and warm the loaf. So you can have this bread finished in about 5 minutes from start to finish. Perfect for a fast side dish!
Customize your garlic herb bread to your own taste buds or simply stick with the easy recipe below. This recipe is a winner for sure and the best part is that you can use any bread that you may have on hand!
What bread can I use to make garlic bread?
While the best kind of bread to use is a thick baguette or French bread that can hold up to the weight of the spread without becoming soggy, many other types of bread can be used as well. These include:
- Naan bread
- Hot dog buns
- Texas toast (a personal favorite over here)
- Sliced bread
- White bread
- Sandwich bread
- Italian bread
What you will need to make this Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe
- French bread: You’ll need a loaf of French bread that’s at least one or more days old so if you pick it up from the markdown section of the grocery store, even better!
- Butter: Just one stick of softened butter is all you’ll need for the base of the garlicky spread.
- Seasonings: You will want to use a combination of garlic powder, black pepper, and Italian seasonings, but you can adjust the amounts to your own tastes, so add in more or less depending on what you prefer.
- Cheeses: To give us a great cheesy flavor in every bite you’ll want to use a blend of parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
How to Make Garlic Bread with French Bread
Preheat the oven by turning on the High Broil element.
Slice your loaf of French bread in half lengthwise along the middle so that you are left with two long pieces and place them next to each other on a baking sheet.
Spread your softened butter over the top of each half making sure to coat it evenly.
Sprinkle the spices over the top of each half, dividing them evenly between the two pieces.
Divide the cheese between the two halves and sprinkle it evenly over the top.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and broil on high for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and brown. Make sure to keep an eye on it because it can become burnt really quickly.
Garlic Bread FAQs and Tips
This bread is best when eaten warm and fresh from the oven but if you find yourself with leftovers simply let the bread cool and then place it in an airtight container or plastic baggie in the fridge for up to 5 days. Remove from the fridge and reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through and enjoy.
I like to make this bread in advance and keep it stored in the freezer for an easy meal prep later. You can see some more freezer meal options here. To freeze this bread, do not bake it. Simply make as directed and fold the two halves together. Then wrap them in foil and freeze. To use, place them in a cold oven and turn it to 350 degrees F. Let them bake for 10-15 minutes until thawed and the cheese has melted.
Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe
- 1 loaf french bread fresh, or a couple of days old
- 1/2 cup butter one stick, softened
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder see note
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
- Turn the broil element in the oven on high.
- Slice the loaf of french bread in half lengthwise so you are left with two long pieces. Place them on a sheet tray.
- Spread the butter evenly between the two pieces.
- Sprinkle the spices evenly between the two pieces.
- Sprinkle the cheese evenly between the two pieces.
- Broil on high for 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and brown. It is best to watch this the entire cooking time, as it can burn quickly.
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