This is how you make the perfect Easy Garlic Bread. And it’s really easy!

Some people will prefer using real garlic, and its true that has its appeal. However, using real garlic has its drawbacks: it’s a bit bitter even when perfectly done, and more importantly it’s time consuming because you have to grind the garlic in a mortar and pestle (or otherwise process it).

So instead, you do the laz… er bachelor’s way of making garlic bread:  Garlic Powder.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bread – I prefer to use Gardenia White Bread, which is perfect for this recipe.
  • Garlic Powder – any old Garlic Powder will do, I have p$$t here but McCormick’s is also great.
  • Butter – Anchor is still the best price to performance butter around. But if you can afford why not? President’s Butter has long been a favorite of mine.
That's all you're going to need! And a toaster of course.
That’s all you’re going to need! And a toaster of course.

Preparation is ridiculously simple. Just put the bread down on a flat surface.  Spread butter on it. It’s best if you thaw the butter out so it’s soft enough to spread evenly on the bread.  But if you are lazy like me and have no time to that the butter, it’ll come out something like this:

The large chunks of butter are just me being lazy not thawing it out
The large chunks of butter are just me being lazy not thawing it out

Well uneven butter chunks like that still work well, taste is pretty much the same, it just won’t look as “perfect” because of the uneven lines on the bread. But if you’re not doing this for presentation and focusing for convenience, that’s fine.

Be sure to put a ton of garlic powder on top. Don’t be stingy, but don’t put too much. Get a fine layer of grainy powder all over the butter. This’ll be up to taste really but too much powder will make it too bitter. You just want a hint of bitterness after the powder and butter get toasted.

And that Aroma….

Anyway, just put it in the toaster oven for 5 minutes or so, depending on your oven. You know your toaster best, so toast it however which way you do your regular toast.

While its being cooked you will smell the most beautiful, delicious, mouth-watering scent of toasted garlic and butter. Its soooo good that you will drool out of your mouth and your stomach will growl. How can such great food be so easy to make?

The finished product will look like this:

Garlic Bread
Perfect, Delicious Garlic Bread

It goes perfectly with any pasta like Pesto, Carbonara, or plain Bolognese red sauce. It’s great with Russian or Macaroni Salad, makes a great complement to Sukiyaki (surprisingly), and really can be eaten just as is!  This perfect food goes well with so many foods it’s only limited to your imagination.

The main drawback to this type of garlic bread is that it lacks in nutrients compared to real garlic being used, I also didn’t include any exotic herbs, though you could easily add in rosemary or basil or what not. and the white bread used isn’t the healthiest.  But you can always substitute that with whole wheat bread or whatever. And if you believe that butter is bad, well that’s a lot of butter.

Still, this very basic recipe will serve you well and is so easy to make, it’s almost criminal.

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Posted by Erwin Anciano

Erwin has been eating food for the past 30 or so years. Yes, he actually thinks that makes him an expert on all things food-related.