This garlic bread is something I’ve made for years, and is something always received with much rejoicing in our household. Behold! Mother has made garlic bread! Huzzah, huzzah! (Or something like that.)
My homemade garlic bread is – if I may boast – really good. Everyone scarfs it down when I make it. And it’s so simple, but people just don’t realize they can do it themselves! Sometimes people try to make garlic bread with garlic salt or powder, but that’s icky, if you ask me. The key to really good garlic bread is (quite obviously, really) using REAL GARLIC.
The only hard thing about this (now), is finding bread to use.
I used to use a loaf of Italian bread from the grocery store bakery, and that worked great. Obviously, that’s off limits now because that’s pure white flour. And other stuff. Now I use these rolls.
They’re authentic sourdough rolls – authentic, meaning that there is no yeast at all in the ingredients. They’re sourdough in the true sense, using a long fermentation period to naturally produce yeast. True sourdoughs are a really good way to eat grains, and that’s what initially interested me in these. And they’re delicious!! HOWEVER…they are not 100% whole wheat. There is regular wheat flour in the ingredients too, as well as whole wheat flour, so these are compromise rolls. All the other ingredients were great, though, so – since my inflammation is under control at this point and I’m just maintaining – I thought these would work out for us.
So, your ability to make this garlic bread depends on your ability to find the right bread. If you’re still sick, with symptoms, or are trying to detox from sugar, then you do really need to stay away from all white flour. In that case, you’ll either have to try to find bakery bread that’s 100% whole grain (wheat, spelt, or other), no grain at all (like almond or coconut flour), or make your own bread.
At any rate, assuming you’ve found some acceptable bread, slice it up. If it’s a loaf of bread, then slice thickish slices almost completely through, leaving just a small crust attached at the bottom. If it’s rolls, slice them in half.
Then get some softened butter and extra virgin olive oil (make sure it’s the real deal) in a bowl. Add in a couple cloves of minced garlic. If you have any dried parsley, basil, or oregano, it can be nice to put some of that in too. Mix it all up!
Then slather it on the bread. If it’s a loaf, just put a generous amount on one side of each piece. If it’s rolls, cover each half.
If you have a loaf of bread, after it’s buttered up wrap it completely in tin foil. If it’s rolls, line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper (for easy clean-up) and line the rolls on the tray.
If you have a loaf, turn the oven to 350 and leave the loaf in there for about 10 minutes – or until it’s completely heated through and the butter is completely melted into each slice of bread.
If it’s rolls, turn the oven to broil, and put the rolls in until they’re browned. Be careful not to put them too close to the heating element, because they can burn really quickly if not careful! Keep an eye on them. It should take only like 3 minutes or so.
Oh. My. Goodness. Don’t those look MARVELOUS!?!
Man, I’m hungry now.
So, hopefully you can find some appropriate bread to make these things. Because they are truly drool-worthy.
Excuse me while I go get some sourdough rolls, now. I feel a need for garlic bread coming on….
- One loaf of allowable bakery bread, or rolls cut in half
- ¾ stick butter, softened
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (the good kind)
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- dash of dried parsley, oregano, and/or basil (optional)
- (NOTE: the amount of butter you need will vary depending on how much bread you have. This amount covers a medium loaf, or a dozen roll halves.)
- If using a loaf of bread, slice it into thick slices, leaving a thin bit of crust attached at the bottom. If using rolls, cut them in half.
- Mix together the butter, olive oil, garlic, and spices.
- Spread the garlic-butter mixture on the bread. If using a loaf, spread a good amount on one side of each slice. If using rolls, just cover each roll half.
- If using a loaf, wrap it in tin foil. If using rolls, line a baking tray with tin foil or parchment paper, and arrange the roll halves on top.
- If using a loaf, heat it in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes, or until it's warmed through and the butter has completely melted into each slice.
- If using rolls, set the oven to broil and put them in until browned. Watch closely, because they can burn easily! It should only take about 3 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!