Craving comfort? Then it's time to make our Dilly Garlic Bread, a Longoria family favorite. Forget store-bought regular garlic bread. We're talking about golden-crusted, fragrant, irresistible dilly garlic bread that's bursting with flavor and so easy to make, it'll become your new kitchen BFF and one of the best garlic breads you've made.
When you open your oven to a vision of golden perfection. This, my friends, is dilly garlic bread magic. Skip the sad, pre-packaged slices. This bread is a revelation, a love letter to pantry staples transformed into a perfect garlic bread recipe. We're talking simple ingredients, zero fancy equipment, and pure comfort food bliss.
Dilly garlic bread isn't just a side dish, it's a kitchen chameleon:
- Ditch the crackers and impress guests with ricotta, cherry tomato, and dilly bread crostini.
- Elevate your soup with garlicky, herby chunks.
- Tear warm pieces and dive into creamy tomato bisque.
Ready to unlock the secrets of dilly garlic bread bliss? In the following paragraphs, we'll whip up the perfect herb blend, explore crispy and soft variations, discover adventurous substitutions, and even sneak this magic mixture into other dishes.
So, come along, friends, and let's get baking! The warm, buttery embrace of dilly garlic bread awaits.
P.S. We're not just talking about taste here. This recipe is budget-friendly, pantry-friendly, and oh-so-satisfying. You'll be thanking your future self for whipping up a batch (or two) of this quick bread recipe goodness.
Now, let's get started!
- Unsalted butter
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Dried dill
- Garlic granules or garlic powder
- Bakery bread (baguette, French bread, ciabatta, etc.)
- Optional: Red chili flakes
See recipe card for quantities.
- Heat the oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Make the garlic butter: In a small bowl, combine softened butter, olive oil, dill, garlic granules, and salt. Whisk until well blended. This fragrant concoction is your garlic herb magic.
- Slice bread: Slice your chosen bread horizontally, almost all the way through, leaving the bottom intact. Think of it as creating a bread book waiting to be filled with deliciousness.
- Spread it: Spread the garlic herb mixture generously between the bread slices, letting it soak into the nooks and crannies. Don't be shy, embrace the garlicky goodness!
- Wrap it: Wrap your dilly bread masterpiece loosely in aluminum foil. Imagine it getting cozy in a silver blanket before its big reveal.
- Bake it (cooking times): Here's where you get to choose your destiny:
- Soft & Savory: Place the wrapped bread on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Unwrap and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, until golden brown and begging to be devoured.
- Crispy Craving: Unwrap the bread and let it strut its stuff directly on a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until deep golden brown and delightfully crispy.
- Sprinkle it, maybe: Sprinkle with red pepper flakes if you're feeling adventurous. A little kick never hurt anyone (except maybe your taste buds, but that's a good kind of hurt).
- Slice it: Slice through the bread like a seasoned pro and serve it warm. Bask in the glory of your pantry-to-plate masterpiece!
- No dried dill weed? No worries! Use 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh dill for an extra burst of herbal goodness. Or experiment with other dried herbs
- Feeling fancy? add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for a richer, umami flavor.
- Craving some heat? Swap the red pepper flakes for a pinch of cayenne pepper for a fiery kick.
- Go cheesy: Sprinkle shredded mozzarella or sharp cheddar cheese over the delicious bread before baking for a gooey, melty surprise.
- Get saucy: Brush the exposed bread with pesto or marinara sauce before baking for a burst of flavor.
- Think outside the loaf: This garlic herb mixture savory flavor is also fantastic on baguettes, pizza crusts, or even slathered on roasted vegetables.
- Mixing bowl
- Small wooden spoon, or fork
- Baking sheet or baking dish
- Aluminum foil
- Sharp knife
Store leftover dilly garlic bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months, but thaw it overnight in the refrigerator for the best results.
For extra crispy bread, slice bread after 10 minutes and place slices on baking sheet. Brush the exposed slices with additional olive oil or melted butter before baking. Trust me, you won't regret the golden, glistening crust.
Can I use any type of bread?
Absolutely! While a crusty baguette or French bread is classic, ciabatta, sourdough, or even a hearty loaf of sandwich bread work beautifully.section for your primary keyword, and answer them here
Wrapping the bread helps it steam and become soft and buttery. However, if you prefer a crispier texture, feel free to skip the foil.
This dilly garlic bread is incredibly versatile. Pair it with pasta, soups, stews, grilled meats, or even enjoy it on its own as a satisfying snack.
Yes, you can make the butter ahead of time and cover with plastic wrap until ready to use. Or add the butter to your sliced bread, drop in an air-tight plastic bag and freeze until ready to use (up to 3 months), or cover and pop into the oven when your are ready to enjoy dinner. The bread can be left on the counter at room temperature up to 8 hours.
Dilly Garlic Bread
- 1 Small mixing bowl
- 1 Spoon or fork
- 1 baking sheet
- 1 Parchment paper or aluminum foil
- 1 Bread knife serrated knife, or sharp knife
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon garlic granules
- ¼-1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
- 1 loaf of bakery bread baguette, French bread, ciabatta, or similar
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- In a small bowl, combine softened butter, olive oil, dill, garlic granules, and salt. Whisk until well blended.
- Slice the bread horizontally, almost all the way through, leaving the bottom intact. Gently spread the garlic herb mixture evenly between the slices, pressing it into the bread a bit.
- Wrap the bread in parchment or aluminum foil.
- For a softer bread: Place the wrapped bread on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Unwrap and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
- For a crustier bread: Unwrap the bread and place it directly on a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
- Sprinkle with optional red pepper flakes, if desired.
- Slice the bread through and serve warm.
Other Good Stuff
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- Make sure all your ingredients are fresh and within their expiry dates.
- Use a clean mixing bowl and whisk to avoid contamination.
- Bake the bread to the recommended temperature to ensure it's cooked through.
- Store leftover bread properly to prevent the growth of bacteria.