garlic bread

Save your leftovers from waste and transform them into delicious Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread.

In our house, we often have garlic bread with a lasagne or spaghetti bolognese. This is something I have grown up with and never questioned it until recently, when an Italian friend told me this was something they never did! Italians do however, rub cut garlic on bruschetta and maybe add a drizzle of olive oil. Apparently, what I call garlic bread, I believe originated in America?

garlic bread
Garlic bread by Madara Moroza on Unsplash

The Garlic Bread Recipe

You can make garlic bread with any savoury dough items that you have. The most obvious is a baguette, but you can use pizza bases, tortilla wraps, sliced bread, rolls, bagels, crumpets, muffins, even potato cakes. You can make this with fresh items, or you can transform some past-its-best items into something delicious!

plate of garlic bread slices
Garlic Slices by Waldemar Brandt Zevn on Unsplash

You need your bread item, some butter, spread or oil, and some garlic. You can use fresh garlic (diced as small as you can), or dried garlic, or a bit of both. You can add a pinch of another herb if you like – rosemary works well, as does oregano, or even just mixed herbs. If you like spicy, a sprinkle of chilli flakes can be added. Just mix it all together, using suitable quantities (as a guide, 2 cloves and 1/4 teaspoon dried garlic with about 50g butter works well for a half baguette). Slice your bread if needed, then fill with your garlic butter (or oil). Bake in a medium heat oven for around 10 minutes. Enjoy!

olive oil herbs and bread
Granary garlic bread by Dana Tentis on Pexels

What do I need?

You can use the method above to make your own garlic breads. Make it as simple as spreading butter on a piece of bread and sprinking with garlic granules before baking. Or, take a bit more time and slice your baguette diagonally, pre-mix your butter with chopped garlic and herbs, then carefully spread the butter inbetween the slices, then bake. You could even add some cheese to the mix, or top the bread with cheese once cooked.

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You can serve your garlic bread on its own, or with your favourite meals. Ideally eat it fresh and hot, but it’s still tasty once its cooled down too!

garlic bread slices and soup
Garlic bread slices with soup by Shameel Mukkath on Pexels


I would suggest making what you need, when you need it, but it will keep for a few days in the fridge. Make sure you cover it well if storing otherwise everything else in the fridge will smell or taste of garlic! You can freeze any leftovers if you wish, just make sure to label and date.


I hope you have a go at transforming your bread items into delicious garlic bread! I love seeing your adaptions and interpretations of my recipes and I’d love to see your photos of garlic bread.

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  • tulips79 12th March 2022 at 09:36

    Gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve eaten ‘proper’ garlic bread or even bought a baguette lol. I think there are a lot of ‘Italian’ things we do in the UK and the US that don’t really exist in Italy hehe. I do like rubbing a garlic clove on toast and dipping it in olive oil (also keeps the vampires away)😋

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 12th March 2022 at 10:13

      Yay, Eva! Lovely to see you here again! 🤗 Oh my gosh if you saw my freezer! There are ciabatta, panini, muffins, crumpets, bagels, white rolls, plain rolls & brioche rolls! Oh and thins, wraps and pittas! The supermarkets here really need to learn to control their food waste more! Great for making garlic bread to go with everything though! That’s very Italian of you with your garlic clove and olive oil…how long have you been doing that? (I need to try it)!

  • tulips79 14th March 2022 at 20:16

    Ooh, crumpets- I’ve always loved them☺️Can’t find them for love nor money over here, even all the ex-pat British online food places lol: crumpets seem to be the first thing to sell out of hehe. I think I’ve been doing the garlic rub thing since ’07/08 when one of hubby’s cousins showed me this at a family BBQ.
    Aww, it’s nice to be back lol😘 This site doesn’t want me to change my email though, the confirmations are still going to my old email address🤪😋

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 17th March 2022 at 20:02

      Maybe I need to put my crumpet recipe on here! Crumpets dripping with melted butter – almost as good as my homemade English muffins! I’ll try and sort out the email notifications for you soon!

      • tulips79 18th March 2022 at 07:49

        Thank you and sorry, lol🤗

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