EPIC Stuffed Garlic Bread - The BEST Garlic Bread Recipe! (2024)

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This Epic Stuffed Garlic Bread is the best garlic bread recipe you will ever make. It’s buttery, cheesy and LOADED with fresh garlic!

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  • This is the BEST Garlic Bread Recipe
  • How to Make Homemade Garlic Bread
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This is the BEST Garlic Bread Recipe

So bread is one of those foods that I consider “special occasion”. Yes, I seriously said that. And since today we’re talking about not only bread, but my EPIC Stuffed Garlic Bread recipe it must be a very special occasion, indeed…or not…let me explain.

Like a slice of chocolate cake is pretty much an everyday deal around here, but indulging in the bread basket at a restaurant…well someone must have just won the lottery/got engaged/having a milestone birthday/won a Grammy.

I don’t really try to understand the logic, nor will I try and explain it…however, just know my brain works a little backwards. It’s basically prioritizing my carbs in the most enjoyable way possible. Kinda like drinking a diet soda while eating a Snickers.

Anyway, bread is not a food I like to drop precious carbs on. UNLESS we are talking about my EPIC Stuffed Garlic Bread recipe.

Folks. This garlic bread is worth it, trust me. It might even be worth skipping the cake for. I can’t. believe. I. just. said. that.

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How to Make Homemade Garlic Bread

Since we’re going there today, you know, you might as well GO. THERE.

Let’s talk about the dirty details.

First, Make the Filling

To start, we are going to grab a bowl and mince some garlic.

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How much garlic is TOO much garlic?

Now, when I wrote the recipe, I said 4-6 cloves. This depends on a few important factors…the size of the cloves, the intensity your love of garlic, and who you will be spending the remainder of your evening with.

Let me break it down 6 cloves = opposite sides of the bed facing outwards. 4 cloves = we both are kind stinky, but hey we’re stinky together.

Got it?

Oh and add your parsley.

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Next butter, obvi. Then salt and pepper (and cayenne if you’re feeling spicy) and a little olive oil.

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THEN freshly grated Parmesan. Please please you must use freshly grated. Do NOT use the powdery stuff and also the pre-grated is no bueno here either. Fresh.

Then mix it up together.

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Now, Stuff the Garlic Bread

Now grab your loaf of bread. I use a large loaf of Ciabatta when making this recipe. But you can use whatever you like best…just not a French Baguette…it’s not fat enough.

Slice the loaf almost all the way through, leaving the bottom of the loaf intact for stuffing.

Then grab some of your buttery garlic mixture and get to filling…

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Fill all the slices. You will think it’s too much filling. It isn’t.

Then wrap your garlic bread in foil, bake it for 25 minutes, remove the foil and bake for 5 more to make it all crispy and delicious.

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And then behold…

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Seriously. This epic stuffed garlic bread recipe is the best. It’s garlicky, packed with flavor and cheesy, but not too cheesy.


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    Epic Stuffed Garlic Bread

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    • Author: Cookies & Cups
    • Prep Time: 10 minutes
    • Cook Time: 30 minutes
    • Total Time: 40 minutes
    • Yield: 10 large slices 1x
    • Category: Bread
    • Method: Baking
    • Cuisine: Dinner




    This Epic Stuffed Garlic Bread is the best garlic bread recipe you will ever make. It’s buttery, cheesy and LOADED with fresh garlic!



    • 1 large loaf Ciabatta bread
    • 46 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/2 cup room temperature butter, cut into pieces
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
    • *optional 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C
    2. Using a serrated knife cut your bread into thick slices leaving about 1/2- inch at the bottom uncut. Be careful not to cut the bread all the way through, as you need the bread to hold together to contain all the filling.
    3. In a medium bowl combine the remaining ingredients with a fork.
    4. Stuff the filling into the crevices of the bread evenly. You might think you have too much filing, you don’t. Use it all.
    5. Wrap the bread tightly in aluminum foil, place the bread on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover the bread and bake for an additional 5 minutes to crisp up the outside of the bread.
    6. Serve warm.


    You can adjust the amount of garlic depending on the size of the cloves and how much you love garlic.
    Additionally you can omit the cayenne pepper if you prefer no heat.


    • Serving Size: 1 slice
    • Calories: 237
    • Sugar: 1.3 g
    • Sodium: 562.6 mg
    • Fat: 15.5 g
    • Carbohydrates: 18.6 g
    • Protein: 6.6 g
    • Cholesterol: 30.2 mg

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    Why is my garlic bread not crispy? ›

    Additionally, make sure your garlic bread is toasted fairly quickly and at a high enough temperature. If it is toasted at a much lower temperature or sits for a longer time afterwards, it is more likely to melt and puddle and soak the butter into the bread before it finishes toasting.

    How do you keep garlic bread from getting soggy? ›

    To reheat garlic bread while preventing it from becoming soggy, here are a few methods you can try: Oven or Toaster Oven:Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the garlic bread on a baking sheet or directly on the oven rack for a crisper result.

    What is the difference between garlic bread and garlic toast? ›

    Garlic bread (also called garlic toast) consists of bread (usually a baguette, sour dough, or bread such as ciabatta), topped with garlic and occasionally olive oil or butter and may include additional herbs, such as oregano or chives. It is then either grilled until toasted or baked in a conventional or bread oven.

    Why is minced garlic best for garlic bread? ›

    Garlic: fresh garlic cloves (rather than garlic powder) are KEY for that true garlic flavor. The minced garlic gets roasted to perfection in the oven.

    How do you make bread extra crispy? ›

    The best way to brown and crisp your bread's bottom crust – as well as enhance its rise – is to bake it on a preheated pizza stone or baking steel. The stone or steel, super-hot from your oven's heat, delivers a jolt of that heat to the loaf, causing it to rise quickly.

    What makes bread more crispy? ›

    Use steam: To create steam in your oven, place a tray of hot water on the bottom rack of your oven or spray water on the sides and bottom of the oven right before putting the bread in the oven. The steam helps create a crisp crust on the bread.

    How can I make my bread more moist? ›

    For example, fats like butter or oil can help keep moisture in, while sugars will help to caramelize on the outside and create a golden crust. These ingredients can also play an essential role in keeping your bread moist when added in smaller quantities.

    How do you revive garlic bread? ›

    Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Wrap the garlic bread in foil, making sure it's sealed tightly. Place the wrapped garlic bread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the bread is warm and crispy.

    Can you eat garlic bread that was left out overnight? ›

    Leaving garlic bread (or any perishable food) out at room temperature for an extended period, such as overnight, increases the risk of bacterial growth and potential foodborne illness. Bacteria can multiply rapidly in perishable foods like garlic bread when left unrefrigerated for an extended time.

    What is the end of garlic bread called? ›

    The proper term is “heel,” according to the Cambridge Dictionary. Some may call it just “the end piece” or “the butt” when going with true informality. Some Redditors even refer to them as the “crusts,” a double whammy for both the outside of each slice and the end of the loaf itself.

    What is the fancy name for garlic bread? ›

    Bruschetta: From the Italian bruscare meaning "to roast over coals," this traditional garlic bread is made by rubbing slices of toasted bread with garlic cloves, then drizzling the bread with extra-virgin olive oil.

    Is French or Italian better for garlic bread? ›

    What is the best bread for garlic bread? French breads and Italian breads top the list for the best bread for garlic bread, but the best choice between these comes down to personal preference. For example, ciabatta is a flat Italian bread with a larger crumb (bigger holes) but still with a crunchy crust.

    Do Italians use garlic bread? ›

    Garlic Bread

    The Italians do eat garlic rubbed on toasted bread – with olive oil, not butter – and call it bruschetta. But they will toast an Italian bread such as ciabatta, not a French baguette, as has become popular in the UK and America.

    Is it better to use garlic powder or garlic salt when making garlic bread? ›

    Buttering each slice of the bread and then wrapping it in foil ensures the bread is buttery, gooey goodness. This bread doesn't work with garlic powder and it's not as good if you use garlic powder and salt. The best result comes from using garlic salt.

    Why is garlic bread cut diagonally? ›

    “We like to cut diagonally because it creates that corner piece that is a different texture compared to the rest,” Zaro said. “That's usually everyone's favorite.” The bite is usually juicier than the rest, offering a burst of flavors that's the likely result of the concentration of all ingredients.

    Why is my bread crust not crunchy? ›

    If your crust is becoming soft too quickly and not staying crispy you simply need to bake the bread longer.

    Why does my bread not stay crunchy? ›

    Think about the flour that you bake with

    A strong flour can therefore give a thicker crust – rather than the thin, crispy crust you hoped for. So try switching up to 25% of your strong bread flour for plain or all-purpose flour in your next bread bake. The lower protein flour will help develop a thinner, lighter crust.

    What causes crispy bread to become soft or soggy? ›

    Adjust the water amount slightly

    As the loaf cools, any moisture which is left in the loaf escapes through the crust as steam and this is what causes the softening. You can help to prevent this from happening by reducing the water content of the loaf.

    How can you tell if garlic bread is undercooked? ›

    Rap on the crust, The crust should be firm (hard) and the loaf should sound hollow. If the bread is undercooked the inside near the center will still be raw dough and it will not make a hollow sound.

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