The Best Garlic Bread

We went very classic with this garlic bread recipe—lots of butter and lots of garlic loaded onto warm, soft and pillowy French bread. You could make a light meal by rounding it out with a crisp green salad. Or serve it our favorite way—alongside your favorite red-sauce pasta.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 

1 large soft Italian or French loaf 

1/4 cup grated Parmesan 

Kosher salt 

2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped 

Directions

  1. Arrange a rack in the center of oven and preheat to 450 degrees F.
  2. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter is golden and the garlic is very fragrant, about 3 minutes.  
  3. Slice the bread in half lengthwise. Liberally brush the crust with the garlic butter. Turn the bread cut-side up. Slice each loaf crosswise at 2-inch intervals without cutting all the way through, making "pull-apart" garlic bread. Liberally brush the cut sides of the bread with more garlic butter, spreading any remaining garlic evenly over top. You should use all the garlic butter. Carefully transfer the bread to a rimmed baking sheet.  
  4. Sprinkle the loaves with the Parmesan and a pinch of salt and bake until the edges of the bread are a deep golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Top with the parsley. Serve warm.