I love garlic bread, it is an indulgence I like to add to Italian themed meals, especially if we are having guests, or even just if we are eating a soup or stew. I used to (and sometimes still do) buy the frozen Ace Bakery garlic baguettes (with and without cheese), but I am often disappointed. First of all, I usually forget to take it out of the freezer so I can let it defrost a little bit, and it always takes longer than I think it will. And second, the amount of garlic butter is not great, and it tastes like a frozen product. I've decided going forward that I should make garlic bread, it's not that hard, and it tastes so much better!
1 baguette, sliced lengthwise (you can use an Italian, French or ciabatta loaf)
1/4 cup butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
pinch of salt
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 cup grated cheese (optional)
Melt your butter and garlic in a bowl in the microwave (or on top of the stove). Add the salt and parsley, stir.
Turn on the broiler in your oven.
Place your bread halves on a baking sheet lined with foil. Spoon the melted butter mixture onto the bread, trying to be even with the garlic and spread it around. It may look like too much, but I don't think there is such a thing when it comes to garlic bread.
Place the baking sheet under the broil. Do not leave unattended, watch carefully, you may need to rotate the baking sheet to get even crispiness. It will bubble up and the edges will brown.
If you're adding the cheese, remove the garlic bread from the oven before it gets too brown, spread the cheese over the bread. Put it back under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Remove from oven and let sit for a couple of minutes before slicing up and serving. Sprinkle with extra chopped parsley if you want.