Garlic is one of the most revered ingredients among gourmands. There's just no other aromatic that can replace the full-bodied flavor of this fiery, pungent kitchen staple.
Aside from its distinct flavor, garlic is also known for its health benefits, including fighting common cold, reducing blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels, detoxifying heavy metals in the body, and lowering the risk of heart disease (source: Authority Nutrition).
This National Garlic Month, celebrate the delicious flavor and health benefits of the indispensable ingredient by whipping up homemade dishes that showcase the uniqueness of garlic.
Start with homemade garlic bread recipes that will make your family appreciate the simple but divine goodness of bread, butter, garlic and toasty heat.
Garlic Bread Recipe (Courtney's Sweets)
This Garlic Bread Recipe from Courtney's Sweets is just the recipe to make when you want your regular spaghetti dinner to come to life and become extra ordinary. A combination of butter and olive oil adds richness to this treat, and the flavor of garlic is made even more delicious with the help of complementary herbs: parsley, oregano & basil.
"This is a super simple recipe that my mother used to make all the time. She would use regular garlic salt instead of real chunks of garlic. It was still delicious, but there’s no way I couldn’t use real garlic. I use an entire bulb of garlic when I make our garlic bread too. It gets roasted and delicious!"
- 1 loaf of fresh bread
- 1 bulb garlic cloves, chopped
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon parsley
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon basil
Secret Ingredient Cheesy Garlic Bread (Just a Taste)
If you're a fan of cheese and garlic, then you'll adore this Secret Ingredient Cheesy Garlic Bread from Just a Taste. The recipe calls for the delicious tandem of Asiago and Monterey Jack, along with butter, garlic and scallions. And the secret ingredient (sorry for the spoiler) that is mayonnaise adds a creamy and rounder flavor to the whole dish.
"I dare you to stick to just one serving of this gooey, garlicky side. Serve up a slice with a simple spaghetti dish, a citrus-inspired cocktail or make it your main dish as the ultimate poolside snack."
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup shredded Asiago cheese
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 bunch scallions, chopped, green and white parts divided
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 loaf French bread
Easy Homemade Garlic Bread (Grandbaby Cakes)
This Easy Homemade Garlic Bread from Grandbaby Cakes is just heavenly. It owes its delicious flavors to minced garlic AND garlic powder - two ingredients that are so similar yet so different. The result? Yummy garlic bread with varying depths of garlic taste! The flavors are further intensified with the freshness of parsley and the full-bodied flavor of the Parmesan cheese.
"I had no idea homemade garlic bread could be so delicious. I also didn’t know learning how to make homemade garlic bread could be so easy... After eating factory produced garlic bread for so long, the taste of fresh bread topped with butter, minced garlic, olive oil and parsley was divine and a real eye opener."
- 1 fresh roll of french, bagette, or italian bread (whichever you prefer)
- 1 stick salted butter, at room temperature
- 4 teaspoons finely minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
- ½ teaspoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons parmesan cheese (Optional)