Make-Ahead Crispy, Buttery Garlic Bread

I made this garlic bread to serve with the Manicotti. Well, let me rephrase that, I made this garlic bread weeks ago and stored it in the freezer to be quickly baked the night I made the Manicotti.

I love garlic bread, but rarely do I keep a loaf of fresh french bread on hand to whip up on a whim. Even when I do plan garlic bread into my menu, often it isn’t until a later meal, days after the grocery shopping is done and I know the bread will long be stale before I use it.

I was ecstatic to see this make-ahead garlic bread recipe in the latest issue of Cook’s Country. I made it the very next day after picking up some french bread, froze the slices for a few weeks and whipped it out the night I wanted to serve it.

It was fantastic. A thousand times better than the garlic bread I usually wing when the craving calls. It was buttery and oh, so garlicky, and it had the most perfect touch of crunch and brown. Another carb-loaded item that I could not stop eating. I would gladly have eaten every piece of this and left the main meal to my kids. You should not be surprised to learn that my entire freezer downstairs is stocked with this manna from garlic-bread heaven!

Make-Ahead Crispy, Buttery Garlic Bread

Make-Ahead Crispy, Buttery Garlic Bread

Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 garlic cloves, very finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 (1-inch) slices Italian or French bread

Directions

  1. Using a fork, beat butter, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper in small bowl until combined. Spread butter mixture evenly over both sides of bread.
  2. Freeze the slices on a large baking sheet or plate until firm, about 15 minutes. After they are firm, transfer the slices to a freezer ziploc bag and freeze for up to one month.
  3. To serve, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange bread on rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown on the first side, about 10 minutes. Flip and bake until golden brown on the second side, 6-7 minutes more. Serve.

Notes

Note: To serve the bread immediately instead of freezing, bake buttered bread on rimmed baking sheet at 425 degrees for 8 minutes then flip and bake 5 more minutes on the second side.

http://www.melskitchencafe.com/make-ahead-crispy-buttery-garlic-bread/

Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Cook’s Country

21 Responses to Make-Ahead Crispy, Buttery Garlic Bread

  1. Rebecca says:

    Can’t wait to try this one!!! Thanks and YUM in Advance. =)

  2. Marisa says:

    I am so the same way–carbs are my thing! So I know I would love this. I love that you can make it ahead and then freeze it and have it still be awesome!

  3. Melanie says:

    Candace – that’s kind of funny about the eggplant. I’ve never tried it so I can’t weigh in but I’m sorry it was so nasty. I have the BEST skillet chicken parmesan recipe. I’ll post it soon but if you want it before then, email me and I’ll email it to you!

  4. ARLENE says:

    OOoooh! that looks delicious! Great idea making ahead and freezing.

  5. Norah says:

    I’ve been wondering out that recipe. Looks like I need to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Candace@craftysisters-nc says:

    I tried the Cook’s Country garlic bread this past Sunday when I made their (All-Time Best Recipe) Eggplant parmesan. Very good, I used LaBrea Italian style bread. I like the freezing idea! I won’t be making eggplant parmesan again. Eggplant is NASTY!!! Do you have a good chicken parmesan? I was thinking of substituting chicken for the eggplant using the same recipe?

  7. Michele says:

    This is very cool! I’m excited! I never thought of putting sugar on it. Do you think it just balances out the flavors?

  8. Cammee says:

    This is the best idea, ever! I can not stand French bread even the day after I buy it, but I also can’t stand going to the grocery store everyday. This might just be a life altering post! Can’t wait to try it with the manicotti.

  9. My Sister's Kitchen says:

    I have the same problem. Don’t want to buy the bread on the day I do the shopping because it will get stale but don’t want another trip to the grocery store. I’ll have to try this. Thanks

  10. Splendid Things says:

    that looks delicious! i am looking forward to trying it!

  11. Molly says:

    What a novel idea! Just found your blog and I’ll definitely be back! I don’t know why I never thought to freeze my own garlic bread slices??? Buying a loaf of ready made garlic bread is a bit expensive for my family (as we always use two loaves) and like you, I buy it for a meal later in the week and then it’s stale. I will try this.
    Love your bread bowls by the way! I will be trying these too, but no mixer so I use a bread machine. Heh….

  12. Katy ~ says:

    You know, this would be just the ticket. Can’t remember the last time I made garlic bread because of the time conflict. This is ingenious!

  13. Splendid Things says:

    Oh my! This bread is so delicious! Made it tonight for dinner and everyone really liked it. I had a slice for dinner and then a second slice for dessert! :) I love the slight sugary taste.

  14. Melanie says:

    Splendid Things – we must be kindred spirits because I ate this for dessert, too (but more than one slice)! Glad you liked it.

  15. grace says:

    manna from garlic bread heaven. awesome. :)
    this is a truly great idea, and one that i’d never considered. butter, garlic, bread–manna indeed.

  16. Veronica M. says:

    I made this, sans the cheese, to go with your Mom’s Lasagna (I figured the meal already had enough cheese in it!) and it was FABULOUS! My husband and I ate 3/4 of the loaf by ourselves along with a big piece of lasagna. I plan on making the cheesey version next time we have pasta. But even without the cheese–it’s fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Mel says:

    Hi Veronica – I’m guessing that you are talking about the cheesy garlic bread, right?? Either way, I’m glad you loved it!

  18. Veronica M. says:

    Dude, I can’t believe I left my comment on the wrong post! Yes, I was talking about the cheesey bread. I followed the recipe up until the cheese part–I’m sure you already knew it would be good even without the cheese but I wanted to let you know how much we loved it! My hubby went crazy for it.

  19. Deb says:

    Made this tonight with your Skillet Lasagna recipe – 5 plates licked clean, with just a few crumbs scattered about from this DELICIOUS garlic bread. Cannot believe how easy it was and cannot wait to have the other half of it waiting for me in the freezer next time I need it. I don’t know why I’m surprised, those Cook’s Country people are the bomb. Thank you for sharing!

  20. tonya says:

    I forgot to tell you that I loved this method of making garlic bread. We make & eat lots o’ garlic bread & this is my new favorite.

  21. Jennifer G. says:

    This is the best idea! My grocery store has a mark down bakery shelf where there are often lots of high quality artesinal bread loaves marked down to a dollar or two. I rarely buy them unless I am making french toast because they would need to be eaten right away. Today I bought a really nice loaf for $1.50 and made this bread for the freezer. It’s two meals worth for my family! I love that I control what goes in the garlic bread and the ingredients aren’t a mile long like the prepared loaves in the bakery or freezer section. I will be making this regularly. I did add 1/2 tsp. dried parsley to the butter mixture just for visual interest.

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