Louisiana Garlic Bread


This Louisiana Garlic Bread is a wonderful accompaniment to any meal and could not be tastier or simpler to make. Minced fresh garlic and lemon are the key to this flavorful buttery bread.

This Louisiana Garlic Bread is a wonderful accompaniment to any meal and could not be tastier or simpler to make. Minced fresh garlic and lemon are the key to this flavorful buttery bread.

Hello to all of my fellow garlic lovers!  That’s right – garlic has it’s own national holiday and, being Italian and all, I have no choice but to celebrate.  Welcome to National Garlic Day 2015, hosted by my friend Heather over at girlichef.  I’m not sure who deemed this day of observance or why, but I’m thankful to whoever that may be.

Garlic was dubbed “the stinking rose” because of its overpowering taste and smell. Whether it’s the ability to deter vampires (and bugs), its numerous health benefits (a clove of garlic a day keeps the doctor away?), or the way it lends flavor to a dish, there are so many reasons for singing the praises of garlic.

Italian Garlic Butter Recipe for Garlic Bread

The delicious garlic butter ingredients!

I love love love garlic.  It doesn’t matter what dish I’m making that has garlic in it – I always add extra.  These heavenly Louisiana Garlic Bread slices are deliciously different with the hint of lemon and homemade garlic butter.  I love that I can taste the lemon just enough to give it some zing and add to the overall flavor of the bread.  The garlic butter is rich and smooth and comes together in just a few seconds.  Make sure your butter is very soft so that you can mix all of the ingredients easily (if necessary, pop it in the microwave for around 5-10 seconds).  This will also help with spreading it on the bread with no problem.

Any Italian feast falls short unless there is hot, buttery garlic bread on the table.  To be done properly, garlic bread should have nice crispy edges, and a warm, soft, buttery center. It’s that combination of textures that makes it special.  When I just want regular garlic bread (not tons of cheese) this is my new go-to recipe as it is so full of savory flavor all on it’s own.

This Louisiana Garlic Bread can be served as a wonderful accompaniment to pasta dishes, salads, soups, or even served as a yummy snack food all by itself.  It’s filling, easy to make, tasty and soul-satisfying!  Enjoy!

Louisiana Garlic Bread recipe is the perfect side dish to go with any meal or for a pot luck.

If you love garlic equally as much as I do, check out these amazing recipes from my blog friends/this year’s National Garlic Day participants:

Happy garlic eating, everyone!

Louisiana Garlic Bread
Recipe type: bread
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Serves: 8
This Louisiana Garlic Bread is a wonderful accompaniment to any meal and could not be tastier or simpler to make.
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature (very soft)
  • 3 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large loaf French or Italian bread, halved lengthwise
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (Bread can also be done on the grill or in a barbeque pit.)
  2. Combine the butter, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, and black pepper in a small mixing bowl. Stir to blend well. Spread both halves of the bread with the mixture. Put the halves together, wrap in a sheet of aluminum foil, and place in the oven or on the grill until bread is heated through, about 20 minutes. Make sure the butter is melted and bread is a little crispy. If you like it more crispy, separate it, put it "face up" and run it under the broiler after it is done baking to crisp it up a bit. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn't burn. This process will only take a couple of minutes.
  3. Use a sharp bread knife to slice, making each slice about 1 inch wide.
  4. Serve warm.

 National Garlic Day Recipe Collection

Recipe source:  adapted from foodnetwork.com

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19 Responses to “Louisiana Garlic Bread”

  1. April 19, 2015 at 10:23 AM #

    Seriously, I am trying to make my way through all of the deliciously garlicky posts on an empty stomach and it’s killing me! I’m thinking this scrumptious loaf of garlic bread would make totally acceptable breakfast fare on National Garlic Day… 😉 Looks so good!

  2. April 19, 2015 at 10:31 AM #

    Great minds are thinking alike with garlic bread today. You know what? I could eat a whole meal of garlic bread, and be very, VERY happy! Well done Ashley.

  3. April 19, 2015 at 11:16 AM #

    YAY garlic!!! This garlic bread looks fabulous!

  4. April 19, 2015 at 1:10 PM #

    Yum – we love garlic bread! This looks incredible! And since we eat it together as a family, we can all have garlic breath together. 🙂

  5. April 19, 2015 at 2:17 PM #

    I love garlic and adore garlic bread (so does my son and everyone else I know). The lemon is a nice surprise here. Sounds great!

  6. April 19, 2015 at 2:22 PM #

    This is how I make garlic bread but have never thought of adding lemon…..Genius!!! Next time I am adding lemon for sure.

  7. April 19, 2015 at 5:43 PM #

    I love adding fresh hers to my garlic bread! One time I even used pesto along with the butter and garlic.

  8. April 19, 2015 at 8:42 PM #

    Damn, this looks great! Love the photos and all the fresh herbs used! Must try this!

  9. April 19, 2015 at 9:36 PM #

    I thought I had eaten every delight that Louisiana had to offer but this is a new one on me and I can’t wait to try it!

  10. April 19, 2015 at 10:33 PM #

    Oh my goodness this looks so delectable! Garlic bread is the food of the gods!!

  11. April 20, 2015 at 1:18 AM #

    Oh…I adore garlic bread. This is the way I like it too, not the overly cheesy ones. 😛 hehe…I’m just like you when I cook…adding those extra garlic cloves in there is the best!

  12. April 20, 2015 at 5:56 AM #

    I love garlic bread with any sauce you can dip into. Yum!

  13. April 20, 2015 at 9:19 AM #

    Woah! This is fabulous. We love garlic bread in my house. It goes perfectly with spaghetti and meatballs.

  14. April 20, 2015 at 9:50 AM #

    I love the touch of fresh lemon juice in this. I wouldn’t have expected it but I’ll bet it really brightens up the flavor of the garlic (and I’m all for that)!

  15. April 20, 2015 at 12:26 PM #

    I’ve never tried lemon on my garlic bread. I look forward to giving this a try!

  16. April 20, 2015 at 12:28 PM #

    Looks like I’m not the only Ashley who is obsessed with all things garlic bread! This one looks absolutely delicious! Interesting addition of lemon juice – yum!

  17. April 20, 2015 at 8:13 PM #

    Oh how I love garlic bread! It was always a favorite of mine when my mom made it when we were kids! This looks so good.

  18. April 21, 2015 at 12:26 AM #

    Dear Ashley, I love the touch of fresh citrus…garlic bread is a family favorite. We served it at every special occasion. Going to try this next time. xo, Catherine

  19. April 25, 2015 at 3:58 AM #

    Must try this!

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