Mom’s Garlic Bread

Updated 9.1.2018.

My mom has been making this bread for us for as long as I’ve been alive. It’s a huge hit at family parties. I’m a bit gun shy when making this recipe because one time my mom put me in charge of making her famous garlic bread for a huge family gathering and I added way too much garlic salt. I added so much garlic salt the garlic bread was inedible. I was mortified. Too much garlic salt will ruin this bread. You can ensure that doesn’t happen by tasting the butter as you mix. I do not provide a specific recipe because I think some people will want to have more garlic taste and others will not.


  • French or Italian bread
  • butter
  • garlic powder or salt, to taste (you could also use minced garlic)


  1. Slice your entire loaf of bread into slices (about half-inch or so thick) making sure not to slice all the way through the bottom. You want the bottom of the bread to remain wholly intact.  
  2. Spread butter on both sides of each slice of bread and on top the loaf. Sprinkle garlic salt (to taste) over the top of the bread.
  3. Wrap the loaf in aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool a few minutes before serving. Break off/rip slices of bread from the loaf.
When done correctly, this bread is a huge hit. It’s what my mom served every single time she made lasagna or her famous Spaghetti and Meatballs. My family goes absolutely nuts over this bread. There are times when I’ve eaten several pieces of bread and a small helping of lasagna or spaghetti just so I could maximize the amount of bread on my plate while not also maximizing my calories.
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