Garlic bread

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Garlic bread
A common variation of garlic bread
CourseEntree or side dish
Serving temperatureCold, warm or hot
Main ingredientsBread (typically a baguette), garlic, olive oil or butter
VariationsGarlic pizza base, tomato bread
Garlic bread variation topped with mozzarella cheese

Garlic bread (also called garlic toast)[1] 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, such as oregano chives.[2] It is then either grilled or broiled until toasted or baked in a conventional or bread oven.[2]

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.

Some variants are topped with a variety of cheeses, often mozzarella, cheddar or feta. Some restaurants use clarified butter in place of olive oil.

Commercial variants[edit]

Commercially manufactured frozen garlic bread was developed in the 1970s by Cole's Quality Foods in Muskegon, Michigan.[3]

North America[edit]

In the United States and Canada, garlic bread is often paired with pasta dishes, particularly lasagna and spaghetti.

South America[edit]

In Brazil the bread is commonly served in churrascarias as an entrée. In Peru it is very common to find in pizzerias.


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.

Cultural references[edit]

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.[4] In the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Scott mentions this as his favorite food.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Flay, B.; Banyas, S.; Jackson, S. (2011). Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Cookbook: Celebrate America's Great Flavors. Clarkson Potter. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-307-46138-4. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Bastianich, L.M.; Manuali, T.B. (2011). Lidia's Italy in America. Knopf. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-307-59567-6. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Cole's - Home of the Original Frozen Garlic Bread
  4. ^ "'Garlic bread' is comedy's greatest line". Manchester Evening News. M.E.N. Media. 15 February 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2016.

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