The other day when I was roaming around the internet, I stumbled upon this recipe for Garlic Texas Toast, from lovetobeinthekitchen.com, that you keep in your freezer just like the store-bought frozen garlic bread. It was such a “Duh! Why didn’t I think of that?!” moment. I’ve made my own garlic bread in the past and it’s to die for, but when do I ever need a whole loaf at once? I live by myself, so that would be a very dangerous situation. This Freezer Garlic Bread fixes that problem. Anyway, this is such a great solution that I had to share it with all of you.
What’s so great about this Freezer Garlic Bread? It’s super fast to prepare and then you have a whole stockpile of single serving slices that are ready to pop into the oven on a moments notice. Make two or make ten, it’s up to you! Plus, since you’re mixing up the garlic butter topping, you know exactly what’s in there (and what isn’t), which always makes me feel good.
It must have been fate that just after I saw the original recipe I went to the store and found French loaves on sale for $1. Although the fluffy French loaf was just like a classic slice of frozen garlic bread, I can’t wait to experiment with other types of bread (maybe a thicker, chewier baguette, for instance) and other garlic herb toppings. Oooh, maybe even Parmesan!
Anyway, here is the incredibly simple way to make garlic bread slices that are ready and waiting in your freezer:
- 1 stick (8 Tbsp) salted butter $0.80
- 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
- 4 cloves garlic $0.32
- ¼ tsp salt $0.02
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley $0.30
- 1 16-inch loaf French Bread $1.00
- Allow the butter to come to room temperature. Mince the garlic, then combine it in a small bowl with the butter, olive oil, salt, and dried parsley. Mix the ingredients together until they form a fairly smooth paste.
- Cut the bread loaf into 16 one-inch slices. Scoop ½ Tbsp of the butter mixture onto each slice, then spread it over the surface with a knife. Arrange the slices on a baking sheet and then place them in the freezer for about 15 minutes to allow the butter to firm up. Once firm, stack the slices two at a time and place in quart sized freezer bags. Store in the freezer up to three months.
- To cook the frozen slices of garlic bread, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Once the oven is heated, take as many slices out of the freezer as you'd like, carefully separate the stacked slices, and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.*
Homemade Freezer Garlic Bread
Step by Step Photos
Start by letting one stick (8 Tbsp) of butter come to room temperature. Combine it in a bowl with 2 Tbsp olive oil, 4 cloves of garlic (minced), 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes.
Mix them all up until it forms a fairly smooth paste (a few chunks of butter are a-okay).
Take a 16 inch loaf of French bread and slice it into 16 one-inch pieces. The easiest way to do this is to first slice the loaf in half (2), then slice each half in half (4), then each quarter in half (8), and then each piece in half one last time (16). It’s much easier to eye-ball a “half” than to just start slicing one inch pieces from one end to the other. At least for me it is!
I started with 8 Tbsp of butter, so I estimated I’d have about 1/2 Tbsp of the butter mixture for each of the 16 slices. Scoop the butter on to the slices, then…
Spread it out smooth with a knife. Place the buttered slices on a baking sheet and pop them into the freezer for about 15 minutes, just to firm up the butter a bit.
Once the garlic butter is a little more firm, you can stack them two by two and place them in a quart sized freezer bag (6 to a bag). Freeze the slices for up to 3 months for best results. To cook the garlic bread, simply preheat the oven to 400 degrees, then take out as many slices as you’d like and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown (you don’t have to wait for them to thaw first).
Yaaaassssss. Garlic butter goodness!