I’m sometimes surprised how many people will go out and purchase a loaf of prepared garlic bread from the grocery store instead of making their own. It is such an easy thing to make at home and the nice thing is you can control how much garlic you use.
Indeed, I find most of the grocery store loaves to be usually quite short on both butter and garlic. And there may be fancier ways to make it, but one of the dumbest things I can ask my son is, “Hey, would you like garlic bread?” I mean… I already know the answer. I just ask the question for the joy in watching the little dance he does as well as the exclamations of “Yes Dad! Yes Dad! Yes Dad!” over and over.
I have to admit that generally, I keep my recipe pretty simple although at times cheese will also be added. Use your favourite. Some like parmesan; my son loves medium cheddar melted on top of his garlic bread. I know that some people will also mix in a little olive oil and parsley into the garlic spread that goes onto the bread.
There is one little tool that I have that makes the mincing of the garlic much easier in my opinion. More on that shortly.
Of course, many people will associate garlic bread with an Italian loaf. Well, if you’ve enjoyed baking your own bread, and have looked at the “No Knead Bread” recipe I posted, I think you might agree that this bread makes for a wonderful garlic spread! It is the bread that is generally used in my house (although this evening, we ran out of this bread and found surprisingly delicious results, using our Irish Soda Farls, here.
So what’s the recipe for the garlic spread?
- 1/2 cup of softened butter
- 6 medium sized minced garlic cloves.
You of course could use a higher ratio of garlic if you want (or conversely, a lower ratio).
I just simply thoroughly mix the minced garlic into the butter, spread on slices of bread, and then put them on a pan that is set on the second highest rack level in my oven. The oven is turned to broil, and they are done in about 8 minutes or so. You may want to keep an eye on it the first time you try it as all ovens are different.
For a variation, I will slice medium cheddar cheese and add that to the bread that is broiling in the oven, about a minute or two before the garlic bread will be ready.
It’s really that simple! Now.. I mentioned an awesome took for mincing garlic…
Best Garlic Mincer
About five years ago, I picked this awesome tool up at a local shop that sells kitchen, cooking and baking supplies and I’ve never gone back to using anything else for mincing garlic. It is called a “Garlic Twist” and makes mincing of garlic cloves so easy, with no waste, and so easy to clean up. When you’re done, you just rinse under a tap and then wash and dry. I can mince four or five cloves of garlic at once easily, and simply twisting the cloves through the teeth inside the Garlic Twist gets the job done. When you are finished, you simply pass the teeth through each other by twisting back and forth, and you’ve got minced garlic that isn’t stuck in anything and no holes to clean out.
It’s an ingenious little tool that for me is really worth having with all the garlic that I will mince in a week for meals.
If you’re tired of trying to clean a garlic press, and not sure what to replace your press with – I can highly recommend this to you. It’s virtually unbreakable, and as I wrote above, so easy to clean and doesn’t take up much space at all in the drawer.