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Best Garlic Bread Baguette Recipe



1 large French baguette

8 tablespoons butter, softened and divided

6 cloves garlic, grated

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, diced

2 tablespoons fresh chives, diced

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. To begin, preheat your oven to 375

  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small skillet. Add grated garlic, salt and pepper. Cook over medium low heat for 3-4 minutes, until the garlic is tender and fragrant. Remove from heat to cool slightly while preparing the bread. 
  3. Using a bread knife, slice the baguette in 1-inch slices, but leave the loaf attached at the bottom, similar to a hasselback potato (cut a little more than 3/4 of the way through the loaf). Place the sliced loaf on a sheet pan that has been covered with aluminum foil and a sheet of parchment paper (the parchment should be directly under the bread, foil directly under the parchment and on top of the large baking sheet).
  4. Combine the remaining 6 tablespoons of softened butter, 1/2 cup parmesan, 2 tablespoons of parsley and fresh chives, lemon zest and softened garlic (and melted butter) from the skillet in a small bowl. Use a fork to mix well. Using a knife or rubber spatula, spread the garlic herb butter between each slice of bread, ensuring you have an equal amount on each slice. Spread any remaining compound butter mixture over the top of the loaf.
  5. Wrap in the parchment, then the foil. Bake for 10 minutes. Unwrap. Bake for additional 6-8 minutes, until exterior is a little crisp and the interior is still soft and pillowy. Remove and serve.


A baguette is the best bread for my money, but you have plenty of options to pull off this perfect garlic bread. A loaf of Italian bread will make an excellent garlic bread loaf, but you can also grab a large loaf of French bread, seeded bread or even a round country loaf.

Substitute a bit of basil, tarragon or thyme leaves in the garlic herb butter mix.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: appetizer, side
  • Method: oven, stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Keywords: baguette garlic bread recipe, easy garlic bread