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I am of the opinion that you can never go wrong with garlic bread. Never. All garlic bread is good garlic bread, there is no such thing as bad garlic bread.
However, all that being said… some garlic breads are better than others.
And this recipe? Is BY FAR my absolute favorite.
I came across this recipe a few years ago on a blog called Kitchen Konfidence (with a K).
It is a garlic-lover’s DREAM.
Imagine the lusciousness of roasted garlic – except instead of roasting the garlic, you’re making a garlic confit in butter – so instead of just roasted garlic, you’ve got roasted garlic AND garlicky butter.
Then mix that with plenty of cheese, a little basil – Thai basil also works wonderfully here – lemon zest, and red pepper flakes. You may be tempted to skip the lemon zest or red pepper flakes but LET ME TELL YOU, they are the je ne sais quois that take this garlic bread from average to amazing.
Bring out the good bread for this one, and if you can get some fancy three-cheese bread? I couldn’t find any this time, but trust me, get the cheesy bread.
And all that, altogether, you can quote me on this, will be the best garlic bread you have ever in your life had. Ever.b
“OMG” Garlic Bread
slightly adapted from Kitchen Konfidence
- 1 cup garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil (Thai basil also works)
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- kosher salt
- 6 thick slices artisan bread
- Place garlic and butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, and cook until garlic is tender and golden-brown (15-18 minutes). If you notice the garlic is turning brown, but the cloves are not softening, turn heat down and continue cooking. Pour garlic and butter into a medium bowl, and let cool.
- To the bowl with the garlic and butter, add parmesan cheese, basil, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, and pinch of kosher salt. Using a fork, mash the ingredients to combine. Season to taste with additional kosher salt. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Preheat a broiler to high. Place bread on a baking sheet, and toast under the broiler until golden (about 2 minutes). Flip the slices, and broil the other side until golden (another 2 minutes). Remove the baking sheet from under the broiler, and let the bread cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, slather the top of each slice of bread with the garlic-butter mixture, and return underneath the broiler. Cook until the cheese is golden and bubbling (about 2 minutes). Let cool for a moment then enjoy!
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