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Garlic toast is a such versatile side! Since you can use it with any pasta dish, it’s one recipe you need to master. The key ingredient is the bread, so make sure it’s fresh or day old. The most common breads to use are an Italian or French bread, but for this recipe I used Busy Baker’s 🍞 hoagie rolls. You might be wondering why I made this choice. It’s simple: I wanted smaller pieces because they are more dainty, and fit on a plate better. Plus, you can eat a slice in three bites.
Anxious to try some? Let me share with you how I like to make garlic toast for my girls. Start off by slicing your bread, then make the herb butter. This process is a lot of fun because you can experiment with the spices. For this recipe, I used three spices, plus freshly grated Parmesan. Use what you like, or what you have in your pantry. The trick is to have the butter already softened at room temperature, so mixing in the spices will be a breeze. It also makes it easy to spread. Butter both sides of the bread with a generous hand, so you can taste the butter with every bite. Cook the garlic toast under the broiler to achieve a golden brown color and a nice crunch.
Serve warm with our four cheese lasagna roll ups. Round out your Italian inspired meal with a classic Caesar salad, and a fun Shirley Temple drink. Garlic toast is easy to make and is the perfect side for bread lovers. Enjoy some with your family tonight.Print
Homemade garlic toast is an easy recipe that is baked in the oven to achieve a crunchy appetizer for your family to enjoy. An herb butter of parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and herbs is spread on slices of fresh bread to make an excellent side to your favorite pasta comfort food.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan, grated
- 4 hoagie rolls, cut into 1/2 inch slices
- Move the oven rack to 6 inches from the broiler and preheat the broiler on high.
- Using a bread knife, cut the hoagie rolls into half-inch slices, reserving the ends for another use.
- Place a large cookie sheet near where you are working.
- To make the herb butter, put the softened butter and spices in a medium bowl. Grate 3 tablespoons of Parmesan, and dump it into the bowl. Stir until combined.
- Spread the herb butter on both sides of each bread slice. Don’t spread the herb butter on too thinly; you’ll need a certain amount to maximize flavor. Place the slices close together on the cookie sheet.
- Cook in the oven under the broiler for 4 to 5 minutes each side or until golden brown. Watch closely near the end of the baking times so none of the slices burn. Turn the garlic toast over with a fork. There is a good chance that the pieces of garlic toast that are in the middle of the tray will be done first. It’s also a good idea to turn the pan around when you bakes the other side of the garlic toast.
- Serve warm. To help keep the garlic toast warm, place it in a large bowl lined with a fabric napkin or a clean tea towel. Close up the napkin to retain the heat. Garlic toast tastes best if eaten the same day.
- Store leftover garlic toast in the serving bowl covered with a fabric napkin on the counter. Eat up the next day.
- If you prefer, garlic toast can be frozen. Place in a freezer bag. To reheat, just place under the broiler for a minute to crisp it up.