Buttery, soft-on-the-inside bread with a perfectly crispy crust, and loaded with garlic, parmesan, and parsley, this Stuffed Garlic Bread is the ultimate easy recipe!
What is stuffed garlic bread?
It’s bread that has the butter, garlic and herbs stuffed inside of crosswise slits made through the bread instead slicing the loaf lengthwise and spreading it that way. It distributes the garlic and herb butter onto the front and back of each slice, which makes for an ahhhhmazing loaf of stuffed garlic bread!
But you don’t have to stop there. You can add shredded cheese or soft cheeses such a Brie or crumbled blue cheese, too. Crisp some bacon, crumble it, and mix that into the butter before stuffing the bread.
My personal favorite is to add cheese to the bread, then a slice of fresh tomato after slicing. You have to try it…it’s so good (try that with an everything bagel with cream cheese, too…it’s surprisingly delicious).
I may have even slid a little leftover crab and artichoke dip between each slice. A little messy to cut, a lot of deliciousness to eat.
What goes well with stuffed garlic bread?
More stuffed garlic bread. Or my mouth. OR BOTH. 🤣
Sorry…I got a little carried away there! Let me try to actually be helpful for a moment.
Pasta…obviously. With a red sauce, in particular. Soups and stews, definitely. I especially love stuffed garlic bread with soups that aren’t creamy or heavy on their own; this Lentil Soup Recipe with Parmesan and Smoked Sausage is a good example. It’s also perfection with Beanless Chili!
Salads are another solid choice. A Simple Spinach Salad with Parmesan Dressing or even Instant Pot Quinoa Spinach Salad with Sausage are good choices. Basically, nothing too heavy so you can really enjoy the buttery stuffed garlic bread!
And really, you can enjoy it on its own or with just about anything you feel like. Food rules are a drag!
What kind of bread works best for stuffed garlic bread?
You’ll want to start with a fresh, whole loaf of either french or ciabatta bread. Both have thick enough crusts so you can easily cut into the bread just down to the bottom crust without cutting all the way through.
If I had to pick a personal favorite, I’d go with ciabatta. But I typically make this with french bread more often since that’s what’s readily available at my bakery.
Make your stuffed garlic bread ahead of time!
It only takes a few minutes to make, but sometimes even a few minutes makes a difference when you’re strapped for time. To make it in advance, make the butter mixture, cut and stuff the bread, then wrap it in foil as directed in the recipe. When you’re ready to bake it, you can pop it directly into your preheated oven! It might take a few extra minutes to get it piping hot, but it’s worth it.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest (optional)
- 1 large loaf ciabatta or french bread
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, thoroughly mix together all of the ingredients except the bread. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Place the bread loaf on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut into the bread on a diagonal, about an inch or so apart, and just down to the bottom crust (don't cut all the way through).
Place the bread on a sheet of foil large enough to wrap around and cover the entire loaf. Using a spoon or small spatula, press the butter mixture into each slit, dividing it equally, along the sides, and down to the bottom crust.
Wrap up the loaf so it's completely covered. Bake for about 25 minutes, then carefully uncover the bread (leaving it on the foil) and bake another 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 385mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.