There’s just nothing like a great homemade garlic bread recipe. When my kiddos detect the delicious odor of toasted butter melting into savory garlic, basil and oregano over soft sourdough bread, they come running from every corner of the house!
Homemade garlic bread (especially this recipe since you can make it in bulk and freeze it) is one of those indispensable tools that every mom needs to pull out of her arsenal from time to time.
You’ve got to see this easy garlic bread recipe which you can even make in bulk (saving time and money)! Your family will thank you for it!
“Mom!!” they cry, “Are we having GARLIC BREAD?!”
When I tell them yes, it’s like I’d promised them a new bike! Or an extra hour to watch movies! Pandemonium breaks loose!
And at the dinner table, garlic bread also becomes my secret weapon. “Would you like a piece of garlic bread?” I ask cheerily. “Then you need to eat all of your salad first.”
The forks start flying.
If garlic bread puts your family into a feeding frenzy too, then read on girl, because I’m about to turn you into…
(trumpet sound, please… and cue the big booming voice)
GARLIC BREAD SUPERHERO!
That’s right! You can unleash the trance-inducing power of garlic bread anytime you want!
Want to know how to whip up a batch of homemade, freshly-baked garlic bread in a matter of minutes?
In other words, how to don your mask and transform from everyday you to…
GARLIC BREAD SUPERHERO? (Sorry… a little obsessed with that big booming voice!)
It’s super simple. In fact I can’t believe it’s taken me 12 years of marriage and thousands of dinners to figure out.
You’ll combine three kitchen powerhouses: flavored butter, bulk cooking and your freezer. You are going to make 4 large loaves of this amazing homemade garlic bread recipe–at one time!
That means at least 4 whole loaves or 8 half-loaf servings will be prepped in your freezer and ready to go whenever you are!
Serve it up with some boxed soup and tossed salad, and you’ve got the perfect quick weekday meal!
And did I forget to mention that this homemade garlic bread recipe is cheaper, healthier (and tastes better) than the pre-made, store-bought stuff?
Read on for the action plan. Don’t forget to grab your superhero cape at the door.
“Superhero” Freezer Garlic Bread
4 good-quality sourdough or garlic-infused bread loaves (I buy mine in bulk at the warehouse store)
4 sticks of butter, softened
8 whole garlic cloves, finely minced (or zest them right into the bowl like I do)
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
4 tsp dried basil
4 tsp oregano
2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp Pepper
2 tsp powdered onion
Slice open all loaves and lay them face up.
In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, spices, garlic and powdered onion with a fork to make a flavored butter.
Divide the butter between each loaf half, spreading a generous amount on each. To make sure I have enough butter, I mentally divide the amount (about “that much” of the bowl) or draw divider lines in my butter. Whatever works for you.
Then “re-connect” the loaves by placing the buttered sides together.
Place each “re-connected” loaf into a labeled gallon freezer bag. Cut the loaf in half (if you need to) to make it fit.
Place the loaves in the freezer. They will last 3-6 months.
Heat broiler to 450 degrees. Pull loaf out of freezer bag and use a knife to separate the sides. Try to cut just through the buttered areas.
Broil for 5-7 minutes or until the bread is as browned as you’d desire.
Ratings: on a scale of 1 to 10
(1= disgusting; 10= I’d eat this for every meal)
The Papa 10
The Mama 9.5
The Innovator 9.95
Renaissance Man 20 (yes, out of 10!)
The Charmer 10 (I’m assuming, since he kept asking for more)
**Disclaimer: It’s true that my family adores this homemade garlic bread recipe. However, since my husband and I (and one of our kids) have become mainly gluten-free in the past year, we only eat this amazing garlic bread once in a very blue moon. But don’t let that stop you! You rock on with your awesome garlic superhero self! Whip up a batch and enjoy!