Crusty Italian Garlic Bread

Recipe by Sooz Cooks
READY IN: 20mins


  • 1
    loaf Italian bread (make sure it is a nice loaf, not your supermarket bakery loaf!) or 1 loaf French bread (make sure it is a nice loaf, not your supermarket bakery loaf!)
  • Garlic Butter Spread
  • 34
    cup butter (NOT MARGARINE!)
  • 6
    garlic cloves, chopped very finely
  • 14
  • 12
    teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3
    teaspoons basil
  • 14
    teaspoon oregano


  • In a medium size bowl add butter and allow butter to sit for a couple of hours to come to room temperature. You can also microwave until it is at room temperature as well, but do not allow butter to melt!
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add the garlic and parsley to the butter and mix well.
  • Rub the basil and oregano between the palms of your hands to release the flavor and throw in the bowl. Mix content of the bowl well.
  • Remove about 1/3 of the Garlic Butter Spread to use later.
  • Cut your bread in half the long way. Spread about 2/3 of the Garlic Butter Spread onto the halves of the bread. Place each half directly on your oven rack and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow bread to cool until you can handle the loaves.
  • Turn oven to broil.
  • Slice bread into thick slices (about 2" thick). Place bread on cookie sheet and spread with the extra Garlic Butter Spread.
  • Place cookie sheet in oven and broil bread slices for 3 - 5 minutes, or until nicely browned to your taste. Make sure to watch VERY carefully so bread does not burn.
  • Place a large clean kitchen towel in a bread basket and wrap the towel over the bread until served but no more than a couple of minutes or bread could get soggy!
  • In my house, this serves about 3 or 4 because we eat this bread like CRAZY!