Garlic/ Sides

Roasted Garlic Bread

November 11, 2018 (Last Updated: June 5, 2020) by Chris Collins

Take your homemade garlic bread to the next level by using roasted garlic! Using minimal ingredients this truly is the ultimate side dish to any meal!

I know, just when you thought garlic bread couldn’t get any more glorious, we go ahead and take things to a whoooooole new level. Yep, strap yourselves in folks, this one’s a good’n. Follow me…

closeup shot of Roasted Garlic Bread fresh out the oven

Roasted Garlic

I’ve been obsessed with roasting garlic for a while now and honestly by this point I’m just looking for different ways to use it other than spreading it over my face. Shameless.

Why roast the garlic?

The killer question. Yes, it takes a little extra time, but it’s totally worth it. When you roast garlic low and slow in the oven it turns sweet and sticky. It completely takes the pungency out of the garlic and actually changes the flavour quite considerably. Roasted garlic bread is just as flavoursome as classic garlic bread, but without being too ‘up in your face garlicy’, if you get my flow…

Can this be done in advance?

Yup! If you’re concerned about time you can always roast the garlic ahead of time.

I do have a full post dedicated to Roasted Garlic, but for now…

How to roast garlic (process shots): Slice the tips off 2 small garlic bulbs (photo 1), place on top of 2 sheets of foil and drizzle with olive oil (photo 2), wrap (photo 3),  place in a baking tin and roast (photo 4), drown in the gorgeous sweet smell of caramelized garlic (photo 5).

how to roast garlic - step by step

Roasted Garlic Butter

Alrighty, so you’ve got your roasted garlic, let’s talk butter. Couple of tips to keep in mind:

Unsalted Butter

Firstly make sure it’s unsalted butter, just so you’ve got complete control over how salty your garlic bread ends up. Salted butter isn’t a deal breaker, just easier to start with a blank canvas to adjust as needed.

Smooth the garlic

When it comes to the roasted garlic it will actually be pretty smooth, but I like to mash out any final lumps by spreading it into a pinch of salt.

What herb goes well with garlic bread?

With regards to herbs I like to keep it classic with parsley. Nice and fresh, not too overpowering. Parsley is certainly the most mainstream choice, other recipes don’t include any herbs at all.

How to make roasted garlic butter (process shots): Mash roasted garlic into a pinch of salt to break up any hard bits (photo 1),  add unsalted butter, parsley, black pepper and olive oil (photo 2), combine until smooth (photo 3).

how to make roasted garlic butter - step by step

Roasted Garlic Bread

What bread to use for garlic bread?

I always use a part-baked french baguette. You can pick these up almost anywhere in the UK. Using a part-baked baguette offers the perfect texture, ensuring it doesn’t end up too hard/chewy after it’s baked. If you can’t find part-baked don’t panic, a fresh baguette will do perfectly. In all instances I recommend using a simple french baguette, and try and ensure it’s a nice soft one. Don’t need fancy bread, the store bought stuff works the best.

What size baguette to use?

The baguettes I use are around 10″/25cm long and around 300g/10.5oz. This is the standard size in the UK for store bought garlic bread. I slice into 12 pieces which should serve 3-4 people as a side.

How to make Garlic Bread (process shots): Slice equal into 3/4″ chunks, ensuring you don’t slice all the way down (photo 1), with a knife, spread the garlic butter down the slits (photo 2), wrap in foil and bake for 10 mins, the unwrap and bake again until desired texture (photo 3).

How to make roasted garlic bread - step by step

Can I prep this ahead of time?

Absolutely! Just butter it up, the cover and store in the fridge or freezer until needed (thaw in fridge before baking if freezing).

Can I use regular garlic?

If after all this I can’t convince you to use roasted garlic, you can indeed use regular garlic. Around 1 tsp minced garlic should suffice.

If you’re looking for more garlic bread recipes definitely check out my Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread and Cheesy Pesto Garlic Bread!

If you’re after more roasted garlic recipes then check out these beauties too:

Recipes using Roasted Garlic

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this roasted garlic bread shall we?!

garlic bread served on chopping board next to bulb of roast garlic

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How to make Roasted Garlic Bread (Full Recipe & Video)

closeup shot of Roasted Garlic Bread fresh out the oven

Roasted Garlic Bread

Take your homemade garlic bread to the next level by using roasted garlic! Using minimal ingredients this truly is the ultimate side dish to any meal.
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Appetizer / Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4
Calories: 317kcal
Cost per serving: £1 / $1

Equipment:

  • Baking Tray
  • Foil
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Bread Knife

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1 Baguette (see notes)
  • 2oz / 60g / 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter, at room temp so it's easier to work with
  • 2 small Bulbs of Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil, plus extra for roasting garlic
  • Salt & Black Pepper

Instructions:

  • Slice the tips off your garlic bulbs to expose the cloves. Drizzle with a little olive oil, wrap in foil then pop in the oven at 180C/356F for 45mins until dark golden and caramelized.
  • Squeeze out roasted garlic into a bowl and mash with a pinch salt until smooth. Stir in your butter, olive oil, parsley and a pinch of black pepper. Once smooth, place to one side.
  • Grab your baguette and slice into 3/4" wedges, ensuring you don't slice all the way through. Evenly spread your butter down each slit, then wrap in foil and bake for 10mins at 180C/356F.
  • Take out the oven and unwrap into a boat shape. This will expose the bread whilst catching any butter that melts out. Pop back in the oven for another 10mins or until your desired texture.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) What type of bread to use? -This recipe is based on using a standard part-baked french baguette. Part baked baguettes are sold in most supermarkets in the UK and are perfect for homemade garlic bread, offering the perfect texture. Not too hard/crunchy and not overly soft either. If you can't find part-baked baguettes then I still recommend using your regular store-bought french baguette, nothing fancy. You could also use a soft ciabatta. Either way you don't want a baguette with a hard crust because it will come out too chewy.
b) What size of baguette to use? - This recipe is based on using a baguette 25cm/10" long and 300g/10.5oz in weight which in the UK is your standard store-bought garlic bread size. I slice this into 12 pieces, which should feed 3/4 people as a side.
c) Roasting Garlic - Timings will depend on size/age of garlic but you'll struggle to burn it at 180C/356F, just be vigilant past 45mins. The lower the temp and longer the time the more caramelized the garlic will be. With the same token, if you don't efficiently caramelize the garlic it's going to end up way too pungent!
d) Can I use fresh garlic - From the purpose of the post I do recommend roasted garlic, but you can use fresh (I recommend 1 tsp).
e) Can I prep this ahead of time? - Yep! Just slather in the butter, wrap in foil and pop in the fridge until needed. You may need to add on another 5mins or so if cooking straight out the fridge.
f) Can you freeze this? - Garlic bread is perfect for freezing before OR after baking. If freezing before baking I recommend thawing in the fridge then baking as instructed. If freezing after baking just allow to completely cool, wrap and freeze, then thaw and reheat at the same temp until JUST cooked through (careful or the bread goes crunchy).
g) Calories - Based on sharing between 4 people.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Garlic Bread
Amount Per Serving (3 pieces)
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.96g20%
Saturated Fat 5.677g28%
Trans Fat 0.005g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.306g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.968g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 459mg19%
Potassium 139mg4%
Carbohydrates 41.95g14%
Fiber 1.9g8%
Sugar 3.56g4%
Protein 9.13g18%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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18 Comments

  • Reply
    raka
    October 31, 2019 at 7:52 am

    4 stars
    its look really nice and delicious, would try to made this with my mom when i get home !

  • Reply
    Rich
    February 20, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    5 stars
    My new go to. So good and everyone loves it. Thank you Chris!

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 21, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      That’s awesome news Rich! Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know 🙂

  • Reply
    GabGirl 56
    November 28, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    5 stars
    The recipe looks divine and can’t w a i t to try it.
    At the end of the video, is that a tomato jam that you are spreading the bread with? Looks simply divine!

    • Reply
      Chris
      November 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      So excited for you to try! It’s actually some leftover bolognese, divine never the less though

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    November 11, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    5 stars
    Would love to try this! This looks sooooo good! Yummy! This made me drool. Garlic bread look absolutely amazing!

    • Reply
      Chris
      November 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks Mary 🙂

  • Reply
    Jori
    November 11, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    5 stars
    I feel like I can just eat spoonfuls of just that butter! lol Looks fab. Can’t wait to add it the bread tonight at dinner.

    • Reply
      Chris
      November 14, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      It’s so so addictive!!

  • Reply
    farwin
    November 11, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Omg ! That garlic bread looks divine ! My kids will love this.

    • Reply
      Chris
      November 14, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Oh perfect! Hope they enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Debono
    November 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    5 stars
    I love garlic bread and make it a lot, just not with roasted garlic. Definitely want to try it this way. Sounds perfect.

    • Reply
      Chris
      November 14, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      It’s a really nice twist! 🙂

      • Reply
        Jackie
        April 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

        What temp do you vake the bread and for how long?

        • Reply
          Chris
          April 17, 2019 at 9:54 am

          Hey Jackie! All the instructions are in the recipe card. If you are struggling to find it, head straight to the top of the post and click ‘Jump to Recipe’.

  • Reply
    Andrea Metlika
    November 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    5 stars
    Looks Scrumptious! I could eat the garlic bread by itself.

    • Reply
      Chris
      November 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Yeah this is definitely something I’m not keen on sharing

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