|Course||Entree or side dish|
|Serving temperature||Cold, warm or hot|
|Main ingredients||Bread (typically a baguette), garlic, olive oil or butter|
|Variations||Garlic pizza base, tomato bread|
Garlic bread (also garlic toast) consists of bread (usually a baguette or sour dough like a ciabatta), topped with garlic and olive oil or butter and may include additional herbs, like chives. It is then either grilled or broiled until toasted or baked in a conventional or bread oven.
It is typically made using a French baguette, or sometimes a sourdough like ciabatta which is partially sliced downwards, allowing the condiments to soak into the loaf while keeping it in one piece. The bread is then stuffed through the cuts with oil and minced garlic before baking. Alternatively, butter and garlic powder are used, or the bread is cut lengthwise into separate slices which are individually garnished.
In Australia the bread is widely available at pizzerias and supermarkets.
Garlic bread is widely popular across Europe, and is available in many different food shops and restaurants. In the United Kingdom, as in the United States and Canada, it usually accompanies pasta dishes, though it is commonly served in restaurants as an appetiser or side order with any main course.
British comedian Peter Kay famously mentioned the bread in his stand-up routine, quoting his father's disbelief upon hearing of it ("Garlic bread? Garlic bread?"). He subsequently referenced this in his sitcom Phoenix Nights, when nightclub owner Brian Potter (played by Kay) says, "Garlic bread – it’s the future, I’ve tasted it". In a 2004 poll by Gold (then UKTV Gold) to find the best British television comedy one-liner, this came top. In the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Scott mentions this as his favorite food.