Crispy Garlic Herb Bread


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A new method for crispy herb garlic bread!

I came across this new method for achieving perfectly crispy garlic herb bread, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Food By Joe Recipe Crispy Crunchy Garlic Bread Herb Butter Toasted

Good bread = good garlic bread

I mean, I’m sure that wonder bread would taste pretty good if you toasted it and slathered it with garlic herb butter. (Truth: a dirt clod would taste good if you toasted it and slathered it in garlic herb butter). That being said, you will enjoy your crispy garlic herb bread the most if you start with great bread. A good Italian or french white bread is great, but I prefer sourdough.

Butter up!

I’m using my own recipe for delicious garlic herb butter, but you can change it up however you like, or even use a pre-made garlic butter. In a pinch, you can even use plain butter and sprinkle a little garlic powder and kosher salt over the buttered bread before cooking this crispy garlic herb bread.

To make the butter, just put all of the ingredients into a bowl and use a fork to mash and mix until everything is well incorporated.

Cut & slather

Slice the loaf in half lengthwise and set it on an UNLINED sheet pan. Pop this in the oven and cook for 4 minutes.

Food By Joe Recipe Crispy Crunchy Garlic Bread Herb Butter Toasted

Here comes the twist

More like a flip, really. At the 4 minute mark, take the bread out of the oven and flip it over so that the buttered sides are flat against the hot pan.

Food By Joe Recipe Crispy Crunchy Garlic Bread Herb Butter Toasted

Weigh it down

Take a second baking sheet and place it on top of the bread. Give it a little press to make sure the bread is in good contact with the pan. Pop the whole thing (including the top pan) back into the oven. Cook for another 6 to 10 minutes until the buttered sides are perfectly golden brown and crispy.

Food By Joe Recipe Crispy Crunchy Garlic Bread Herb Butter Toasted

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Crispy Garlic Herb Bread

Food By Joe Recipe Crispy Crunchy Garlic Bread Herb Butter Toasted

Try this different method to achieve perfectly crispy garlic herb bread every time! Use my garlic butter recipe or try one of your own!

Ingredients

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  • 1 loaf of bread, I prefer sourdough!
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 46 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced very fine
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano
  • 1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

*Most any combination of herbs will work. Try not to exceed 5 tablespoons of fresh herbs total.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Place butter, garlic, herbs, salt & pepper in a bowl. Use a fork to mash/mix 
  3. Slice the loaf of bread in half lengthwise and place cut side up on an unlined metal  baking sheet
  4. Bake cut-side up for 4 minutes at 450 degrees
  5. Remove the baking tray from the oven and turn the bread over so that the cut/buttered side is flat against the hot pan
  6. Place a second metal baking sheet over the top of the bread, press down gently, and leave the second pan in place as a gentle weight for the rest of the cooking 
  7. Return the pan to the oven for 6-10 minutes, until the bread is crispy and golden brown. If you remove the bread and it is not toasted enough, return to the oven and check every 2 minutes or so until it reaches your desired level of toastiness

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