Garlic bread toasts

Garlic bread toasts

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 7 mins


Serves 12
A simple rustic side dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal230
  • fat12g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.89g
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  • 2 ciabatta loaves
  • 140g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 4-6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • handful parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 2 tbsp finely grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Slice the bread in half lengthwise. Toast the crust side for 2 mins until really crispy. Mix together butter, garlic and parsley in a bowl. Spread over the cut bread halves. Sprinkle over the Parmesan. Just before serving place on a baking sheet, then cook under a hot grill for 5 mins until toasty and lightly golden. Let it cool for 1 min before cutting into thick slices.

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Comments (14)

kkaik's picture

"2 tbsp finely grated Parmesan
(or vegetarian alternative)" hate to be that person who is always right
but vegetarians can eat Parmesan. its
vegans who cant.

Elken1981's picture

Sorry to disappoint you about "always being right", on this one but Parmesan is NOT suitable for vegetarians (also Gruyère and few others) the author was correct in advising a vegetarian alternative.
A little research will show ;
....."cheeses which are always made using animal rennet, for example, Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano). In order to be called ‘Parmesan’ this has to be produced according to traditional methods which use calf rennet".
What is animal rennet made from?
Traditional animal rennet is an enzyme derived from the stomachs of calves, lambs or goats before they consume anything but milk. It is about 90% pure chymosin. Vegetable rennet is obtained from a type of mold (Mucur Miehei).
So these animals actually have to die to extract the ingredient needed to make Parmesan and other cheeses, which makes it VERY much NOT vegetarian.
This was something I learnt when becoming a vegetarian, mortifying as it was but there are some very good alternatives out there, some I would say where even better.

gezi_uk's picture

Just lovely. We didn't have ciabatta and we didn't have parsley so I used basil and regular bread and it still tasted 100 times better than most of the store bought garlic breads. I'll never buy garlic bread again, so simple, so quick.

veggie0517's picture

Nice, quick recipe that is superior to the bought stuff. Add a bit of dried thyme on top to go with the carrot and coriander soup I made. Will make again. It's worth using ciabatta or other flat breads as the French bread we used caught on the sides - lesson learnt!

kristinebinns's picture

Delicious recipe. Quick and easy. I added a bit of Oregon instead of parsley and used less garlic, I also used chedder cheese instead of parmesan and it turned out wonderful. For a little more of a garlic-y taste added a sprinkling of garlic salt.

janjan87's picture

Came out perfectly, very easy to make and makes you wonder why you'd ever buy shop bought garlic bread again?!

laurabat's picture

I made a variation of these to go with the chorizo, lentil & chickpea soup I made last night. I toasted the bread under the grill and rubbed with garlic and then poured over oil instead of using butter (which my boyfriend doesn't like-strange creature!) I then sprinkled with parsley and toasted them in the grill again for a few more minutes. Delicious!

ellie1789's picture

Really quick and easy. A bit strong tasting for me, but went well with my basic pasta.

l4ur3n's picture

We don't buy pre-done garlic bread anymore - this recipe is brilliant.
We don't tend to use the parmesan and pop it in the oven for 10 minutes.
Also good with part baked baguettes!

ginge86's picture

Absolutely delicious, with or without the parmasan. Always have some garlic butter in the freezer now, which makes this a doddle.

jenxsx's picture

This was very tasty. I got my 4 year old to mix up the butter, spread on the bread and do cheese while I done other things and kept him amused. Served at a family party and no one could believe it wasn't shop bought!

rhianthomas1984's picture

Very tasty and so easy to make but I had to use dried parsley as I didn’t have any fresh. I made them for a party and they were a big hit, much nicer than any shop bought variety and cheaper too.

fatty71's picture

Lovely never gonna buy garlic bread again. Really quick and simple but very effective.

tassimo's picture

Easy, quick and tasty.will definately do again. Didn't do the parmesan fine.

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