Three Amazing Ways to Make Garlic Toast

Three Unbelievable Ways to Make Delicious Garlic Toast

So I’ve given you fair warning – we have homemade French bread in the house! And that means that I’m having a blast with great new recipes that I get to share with you. Today I’m highlighting three easy ways to make unbelievably delicious garlic toast!

Garlic toast is a staple in any kitchen. Honestly, any kind of bread is a keeper in our house, but garlic toast is definitely toward the top of the list! It’s a yummy side for a hotdish (that’s casserole for non-Minnesotans…;) ) or pasta, and it’s as easy as buttering your bread and throwing on a few toppings.

You need these recipes up your sleeve!

Below are three basic recipes for garlic toast – basic, cheesy, and Mexican. Make sure you grab an index card and jot these down, and don’t miss the smart kitchen tips at the bottom. 🙂

 

Basic Garlic Toast

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This delicious recipe is for the garlic toast that Mom raised us on. It’s ultra-easy and super practical. Simple enough for quick family dinners and yummy enough for company. Here’s the directions!

  1. Preheat the oven to 400oF. While the oven is preheating, determine the amount of garlic toast you need and butter both sides of the appropriate number of bread slices.
  2. Place the buttered bread on a cookie sheet and sprinkle the slices with garlic salt.
  3. Place cookie sheet in the oven, and set the oven to Broil. (It probably won’t be finished preheating, but that’s okay.)
  4. Set a timer for 2 minutes, check the toast, set the timer for 1 minute, and check again. Repeat until the toast is done.
  5. Enjoy your delicious garlic toast, and hats off to Mom for finding such an easy recipe that always tastes amazing! 🙂

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Cheesy Garlic Toast

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I use this recipe for meals that we share with company, mostly because it’s an easy way to go the extra mile and make them feel special. 🙂 I love the cheesy goodness and the hint of basil, and while it takes a few more moments than the basic garlic toast, it’s definitely worth the time. This recipe is a spin-off of one that I found at www.sugarapron.com. Here’s the link! You can also find a more detailed version of this recipe in one of my earlier posts – here. 🙂

  1. Preheat the oven to 400oF. While the oven is preheating, determine the amount of garlic toast you need and butter both sides of the appropriate number of bread slices.
  2. Place the buttered bread on a cookie sheet and spread with the desired amount of mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Then sprinkle with bread with a little of dried basil and garlic powder, to taste.
  3. Place cookie sheet in the oven, and set the oven to Broil.
  4. Set a timer for 2 minutes, check the toast, set the timer for 1 minute, and check again. Repeat until the toast is done.
  5. Enjoy! 🙂

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Mexican Garlic Bread

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This recipe is in honor of the many taco hotdishes I’ve found on Pinterest lately! Once again, it’s super easy, and it’s also an easy way to add a little fun and variety to supper tonight.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400oF. While the oven is preheating, determine the amount of garlic toast you need and butter both sides of the appropriate number of bread slices.
  2. Place the buttered bread on a cookie sheet and spread with the desired amount of taco cheese. (Cheddar cheese also works in a pinch!) Spread a spoonful of salsa onto each bread slice, and sprinkle lightly with taco cheese again.
  3. Place cookie sheet in the oven, and set the oven to Broil.
  4. Set a timer for 2 minutes, check the toast, set the timer for 1 minute, and check again. Repeat until the toast is done.
  5. Enjoy! 🙂

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Smart Kitchen Tips:

  • These recipes aren’t limited to French bread slices. You can use whatever bread you have on hand, and it will be delicious!
  • Preheat the oven while you butter the bread and put on the fixings, but set the oven to broil once the bread goes in the oven. The toast is done much faster that way, and you end up with the nice browned look on top!
  • Always use a timer when you set the oven to broil. Speaking from experience here! 🙂

I hope you find these recipes helpful… Happy Cooking!

~ Erin

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Cheesy Garlic Bread

Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread  – in Minutes!

I used to buy frozen garlic bread at the grocery store. Six pieces of Texas toast for two dollars and fifty cents. Now that I know how easy it is so make my own garlic bread, I can’t imagine going back to the store bought stuff!

This is a recipe that I’ve discovered/developed in the last several weeks, and I think I’ve finally gotten it exactly where I want it. The original idea came from Sarah at http://sugarapron.com/2014/08/03/easy-cheesy-garlic-breadsticks/, and my version of the recipe has morphed from there. (You should check her recipe out too – it is delicious!)

The fun of this recipe is its flexibility. You like more cheese on top? With less basil and lots of parmesan cheese? Be my guest! For that reason, I’m going to talk about the ingredients in terms of sprinkles and pinches instead of teaspoons and tablespoons. Just trust your instincts and follow your gut!

 

Homemade Garlic Bread

What You’ll Need…

– bread (I like to use hamburger buns, or French bread if it’s a special occasion)

– butter

– garlic powder

– shredded mozzarella cheese

– parmesan cheese sprinkles

– sweet basil

 

What To Do…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400oF.
  2. Lay your bread slices out on a cookie sheet. If you’re pulling them out of the freezer (as I usually am), you’ll want to thaw them out in the microwave for a minute or so.
  3. Spread each slice with butter and sprinkle with lightly with garlic powder.
  4. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese onto each bread slice.
  5. Add a pinch or two of sweet basil onto each piece of garlic bread to finish it off. The garlic bread is ready to bake!
  6. If you have time to kill before supper, bake the garlic bread in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes; take them out when the cheese is melted and the bread is turning golden brown.

If you’re in a hurry, though, you don’t need to wait for the oven to preheat. Put the garlic bread in the oven, and turn the oven on to broil. Watch the bread carefully – it will be done in 2-3 minutes. (I would highly recommend setting a timer anytime you’re using the broiler.)

  1. This is the best part – serve supper and enjoy your homemade garlic bread!

 

Any other fun ideas for garlic bread out there? I would love to hear about them!

~ Erin

Snicker Salad

Snicker Salad

Snicker Salad is an old recipe in our family. Someone always makes it for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and it’s a favorite for a good reason. Who doesn’t love it when Cool Whip and pudding and Snicker bars are called a salad? It’s cheap, easy to make, and absolutely delicious!

I like to halve this recipe when I’m making it for 3-4 people. The halved version is below.

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What You’ll Need:

1 3oz. package of vanilla pudding

½ cup milk

1 6in. container of Cool Whip

3 apples

3 Snicker bars

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What To Do:

  1. Core and cube each apple. Cut the Snicker bars into small chunks. You’ll get little chocolate crumbs and chunks when you cut the snickers – set those aside with about a Tablespoon of the bigger chunks for a garnish later.
  1. In a separate bowl, stir together the pudding, milk, and Cool Whip. Make sure you stir well – I had pudding forming at the bottom of my bowl last time!
  1. Add the apples and snickers to the Cool Whip mix and stir together.
  1. Garnish the salad with the leftover Snickers crumbs and chunks. Note: I like to save this step for just before I serve the salad. The crumbles can get lost in the salad if you put them on too early or cover the salad with plastic wrap.

Doesn’t it look delicious?!? I’ve heard of other people including a quarter cup halved grapes too, so I’m sure there are variations out there. What are your favorite fruit salads? I’d love to hear about them!

Enjoy!

~ Erin