Ciabatta Garlic Bread - flavorful garlic bread is easy to make at home with a few simple ingredients. Ciabatta bread has a delicious crusty texture that pairs perfectly with soups, pasta, salads, and more.
Why you will love this homemade garlic bread
It's hard to resist the aroma of garlic bread with all of its buttery and garlicky goodness! This simple recipe will show you just how easy it is to make at home with a few simple ingredients.
Ciabatta bread is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside - the perfect texture to absorb the herby, garlicky, butter mixture. Ciabatta garlic bread is the perfect side dish because it pairs well with just about anything - from soup or salads and roasted vegetables to chicken, steak, or seafood.
With just a few basic ingredients, the aroma of garlic bread will be wafting from your oven in no time.
- Ciabatta bread - Ciabatta is an Italian white bread with a chewy texture. French bread can also be used.
- garlic - the amount can be adjusted according to your personal taste.
- Parmesan cheese - adds flavor and saltiness. Romano or Asiago can also be used.
Tips for preparing
- Start with very soft, spreadable butter. This makes easy work of mixing the butter with the other ingredients. The butter should be softer than "room temperature" butter that you would use when baking.
- Spread the butter mixture in a thin even layer over both halves of the ciabatta. Initially, it may seem like there isn't enough butter, but it will melt into the bread wonderfully without being overly greasy. (I tested this recipe with larger quantities of butter, which always resulted in an excess of melted butter pooling on the bottom of the baking sheet.)
Can I freeze garlic bread?
Yes! Spread the butter mixture on the bread, place it on a sheet pan, and freeze for 20-30 minutes until the butter mixture is solid. Wrap the bread with plastic wrap, then aluminum foil - or place in a freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to heat, unwrap, and place the frozen bread on a sheet pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until warmed through.
Ciabatta garlic bread disappears pretty quickly in our house, but if you have leftovers it can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil and keep refrigerated. To reheat, place the foil-wrapped bread in a 350-degree oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until warmed through.
What to serve with garlic bread
- Creamy Italian Sausage Soup [One Pot]
- Tortellini Sausage and Kale Soup
- Garden Salad with Balsamic Mustard Dressing
- Grilled Vegetables with Orzo and Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
- Chicken Pesto Meatballs with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- Roasted Green Beans with Orange Butter and Crispy Pancetta
- Roasted Broccolini with Pistachios and Lemon
Ciabatta Garlic Bread
- 1 loaf Ciabatta bread
- 5 tablespoons butter softened to a spreadable consistency
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup minced parsley
- 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice the ciabatta in half lengthwise. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the soft butter, garlic, parsley, and parmesan. Mix together until well combined.
- Spread the butter mixture in a thin, even layer on both halves of the bread. Place the bread on the baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden brown.