the best ever garlic bread with coriander and parmesan

by Sam on September 17, 2012

I take garlic bread quite seriously, and if it’s perfectly made it becomes one of the foods I simply cannot resist.

A while ago I came across an article on the Guardian UK blog about how to make a perfect garlic bread. From the start the authors musings about this irresistible snack totally resonated with me. I agreed with everything she said. She had done thorough research into a range of recipes by popular celebrity cooks and compared them all against each other. She clearly is as into garlic bread as I am.

While each of the offerings by Nigella, Jamie, Nigel and Ina had their merits, she finally settled on what she perceived to be her perfect baked garlic bread and I totally agreed with her in every way.

I decided to test this recipe using coriander (cilantro) instead of parsley because I know what that tastes like. I had also never used Parmesan cheese in the past, so was eager to give this a go.

You can read the brilliant article by Felicity Cloake here.

The other adjustment I made was I used a baguette vs the ciabatta loaf she recommends. I think ciabatta would be better because its softer and will crisp up beautifully when the foil is opened and all the herby butter browns the crust.

I also omitted the squeeze of lemon juice with my version as I felt it was better suited to parsley than cilantro. But you can decide.

Recipe will make 1 large garlic loaf:

  • 1 loaf of ciabatta bread or a large baguette (2 small)
  • 100g salted butter softened to room temperature
  • a small handful of coriander leaves finely chopped (about 2 T)
  • 4 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 30g of finely grated Parmesan cheese (an d a bit extra to sprinkle over the loaf)
  • (a squeeze of lemon juice if desired)

Pre heat the oven to 200 C. Mix all of the above ingredients thoroughly to combine. Slice the bread loaf into desired slices, ensuring that you don’t cut all the way through. I like fairly thick slices. Spread the butter mix fairly generously between all the cut slices, without overdoing it, you don’t want to land up with dripping oil-soaked bread. Sprinkle the extra Parmesan over the bread and wrap in foil. Bake for 20 minutes and then open the foil and bake for a further 5 minutes to brown the loaf. (I left the last step out as the bread I used was already fairly brown and crispy).

My verdict:

  • This is probably, almost definitely the best-ever garlic bread I have ever had.
  • Now that I have eaten it with Parmesan, I will never leave this out. The cheese melts into the butter so when you pull the bread apart you see melting stringy bits. It also adds lovely flavour.
  • The coriander tastes just as good as the parsley so I will use either in the future.
  • The garlic is super pungent which I love, but if you want it milder, reduce the quantity down to 2 or 3 cloves

How do you like your garlic bread?

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Flee September 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

Things to be thankful for today… 1. Than I’m not a Vampire 2. that I am allowed bread and 3. that you made this post so that I can torture my man with it tonight LOL… Thank you this looks superb :-) ..

Gina September 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Wow! I love garlic bread, but should get even hotter with coriander and parmesão.Ideal for a barbecue. Gina kisses xx

Suzanne Perazzini September 18, 2012 at 12:13 am

I love coriander and love the thought of using it instead of parsley. The lemon might work because a lot of Thai cooking combines coriander, lemon and garlic.

Liz September 18, 2012 at 5:36 am

Hi there, I love the recipes posted on this blog, but is there a ‘print friendly’ way of printing out these recipes? If I try and print the recipes, I end up printing anywhere between 9 and 19 pages?? Any tips appreciated….

Sam September 18, 2012 at 10:36 am

Hi Liz, thanks for your comment, appreciate it, I am looking into a printer option and to see whether this is possible with my particular theme. In the meantime (and what I do with other sites) is I just copy and paste the recipe into a word doc and then print that.

Sam September 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

Hi Suzie, yes I am defs going to try a light spritz of lemon next time too. :-)

Sam September 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

Thanks Gina, enjoy!

Sam September 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

Thanks and always a pleasure Flee (love this name)x

Alex September 18, 2012 at 11:37 pm

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Alex September 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I would just replace the coriander with parsley. :P Yummy!

Bhavna Shivalkar September 19, 2012 at 3:32 am

That looks absolutely delish.

Louise C September 19, 2012 at 3:41 am

Making this tonight to go with some soup… can’t wait for dinner now!

Sam September 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

Enjoy Louise and let me know what you thought.

Sam September 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

Thanks Bhavna.

Mona October 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I tried this recipe and loved it! I also shared it with my readers too: bit.ly/OOs322

Lauren January 30, 2013 at 3:20 am

What a fabulous recipe for garlic bread, and the pictures are gorgeous as well!

Sam January 30, 2013 at 7:13 am

Thanks Lauren, it is rather decadent isn’t it :-)

Poonam July 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

Hi I am new to the cooking and baking world. I love the simplicity of the recipe above. Wanted to ask thought, can one use aluminum foil in the oven? or are there oven friendly foils available in the market?

Sam July 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

HI Poonam, yes you must use aluminium foil, it is the only kind of foil to use in the oven

Eira October 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I just loooooove gralic bread. I have been in Gran Canaria tree times(!) and I love their garlic bread, I ate garlic bread every time we went eating. I think of them as the original ones, not the ones that we can get in the market stores here in Norway….

I have to try this one out?

Eira October 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

*I have to try this one out?

Why did it change to a question mark…? ( Embarrassed laughter)

Eira October 29, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Not again! I`m giving up….

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