Turn any meal into a hearty feast with Parmesan Garlic Toast at the table. Great by itself, but it’s so good slopping up any sauce on your plate. The buttery garlic flavors go beautifully with soups and salads, and the Parmesan cheese turns a crunchy golden brown under the broiler.
Always the first to go, because who doesn’t love garlic toast? Take just one to be polite, but you better keep an eye on the bread basket. You’ll want that second piece for slopping up whatever’s left on your plate. I’m not even a bread lover, but this stuff is just too good to pass up.
And it’s so easy to make. Cut the loaf of bread in half. Spread the butter evenly over both halves, sprinkle on the garlic powder and parsley flakes, then the parmesan cheese. Set the bread cheese-side up on a jelly roll pan (to catch any drips) and place under the broiler until golden brown. It’s best to watch the bread, because once it starts to brown, it can burn quickly. Depending on your oven, the rack placement, this should only take a few minutes.
What type of bread can I use?
Answer: whatever you like, whatever you’ve got. The only bread I probably wouldn’t try this on is maybe a cinnamon raisin bread. That sounds a bit icky, but who knows…let me know if you try it. For me, I grab one of those freshly baked French Bread loafs that are still warm from the oven at the grocery store. They’re easy to cut in half and they feed a few folks. Now, if it’s just for me eating leftovers, I’ll grab a slice out of the frig…maybe sourdough or whole wheat.
That bite was delicious!
A slice of sourdough Parmesan Garlic Toast with leftover spaghetti. If you’re only making 1 or 2 slices, the ingredients are the same, only the quantity changes. Still go heavy with the butter, sprinkle on the garlic powder and parsley flakes, then lastly, sprinkle on that top coat of parmesan cheese. If using a toaster oven, I recommend using that little tray that usually comes with it, or fold up some heavy foil to make yourself a small tray. This will help keep your toaster oven clean when all that butter starts to melt.
Parmesan Garlic Toast
- 1 loaf French Bread, (approx. 16" x 4")
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. parsley flakes
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- Cut the bread loaf in half length wise. Butter insides of both halves.
- Sprinkle garlic powder and parsley flakes evenly over both halves.
- Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
- Place cheese-side up on baking sheet and broil in oven just until golden brown. Watch carefully as it will burn quickly once it starts to brown.
- Remove bread from oven. Carefully cut pieces diagonally every 2" and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Can I make this on my BBQ grill?
Yes! Wrap each half of the prepared French Bread separately with foil and place on the grill cheese-side down. Place it off to the side or on a higher rack if possible. It doesn’t need direct flames and it’s just for a few minutes. Let the butter melt, then turn them over so the cheese-side is now up…and melting back into the bread. Keep on a higher rack or off to the side for another 8 minutes or so. Cut into pieces and keep warm until you’re ready to serve.
You won’t have the same golden brown as you would from the broiler, but it will taste just as fantastic. Having grill marks would be lovely, but the cheese would fall off and the butter would kick up the flames. I’ve seen the carnage, spare yourself the ordeal. Ha! Having said that, my disclaimer is that I’m no grill master.
What goes good with Parmesan Garlic Toast?
So many things, especially if it has sauces or gravy. Pasta sauce is my favorite, baked beans and chili are also super great with this. It’s a great addition to soups and salads, too. Here are some of my top picks:
- Cheese Manicotti
- Spicy Turkey Spinach Roll Ups
- Italian Pasta and Lettuce Salad
- Cheesy Potato Ham Chowder
- Easy Savory Chicken Stew
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