Ciabatta Garlic Bread is an easy side dish using simple ingredients, crunchy on the outside with a soft buttery garlicky, cheesy inside. Indulge in this mouthwatering bread as a side dish or appetizer and delight your taste buds with its savory and crispy goodness.
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Ciabatta bread has delicious craters in the bread where the garlic butter can sit allowing each bite with a chewy texture and crispy edges to be heavenly! It's a perfect side dish that pairs well with anything like my Shrimp Cobb Salad, Cheesy Tuna Casserole or my Sausage Zucchini Casserole.
Why this recipe works
This Italian-inspired bread has a porous and airy texture that is perfect for absorbing garlic butter and other flavorings, making it an ideal canvas for creating a savory and delicious side dish. Whether served as an accompaniment to pasta dishes like my Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta, Italian Sausage Soup, or a crisp salad. Or enjoyed on its own as a tasty appetizer, ciabatta garlic bread is a flavorful and satisfying dish that is sure to be devoured.
- Ciabatta Rolls: Ciabatta whole loaf will also work for larger crowds.
- Butter: Softened, both salted butter and unsalted butter works.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves is preferred but garlic powder is ok in a pinch.
- Parmesan cheese: I use freshly grated parmesan cheese located in the deli of your grocery store.
How to make this garlic ciabatta bread recipe
- Step 1: Place the softened butter, garlic in a small bowl and mix until combined.
- Step 2: Slice the rolls or lof in half and place them on a sheet pan.
- Step 3: Spread the garlic mixture over the top of the loaf evenly and sprinkle the parmesan on top.
- Step 4: Sprinkle the chopped fresh parsley on top and bake until golden brown!
Recipe tips for making perfect ciabatta garlic bread
- Let the bread sit for a few minutes after taking it out of the oven to allow the garlic butter to soak in and the flavors to meld together.
- Use real garlic instead of garlic powder for a more intense and flavorful taste. Use a garlic press or mince garlic by hand to help distribute the flavor evenly throughout the bread.
- Use real butter instead of margarine or other substitutes for a richer butter mixture, and more authentic flavor.
- Use a serrated knife to slice your rolls or ciabatta loaf in half.
Ciabatta bread is a type of Italian bread that is known for its porous and airy texture, chewy crust, and irregular shape. The bread is made with a high-gluten flour, water, salt, and yeast, and is often shaped into long, flat loaves or rolls with a slightly curved surface. Ciabatta bread is often used for making sandwiches, as well as for serving with soups, salads, and other dishes.
Yes, this crispy homemade garlic bread can be frozen for later use. To freeze the bread, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and then place it in a resealable freezer bag for up to 3 months. To reheat the frozen bread, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), remove the bread from the freezer, and then remove any plastic wrap or foil. Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake it in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until it is heated through and crispy on the outside.
Wrap any leftover cheesy garlic bread in aluminum foil and reheat in a 350-degree oven until warm and heated through.
Ciabatta Garlic Bread
- 4 ciabatta sandwich rolls or 1 loaf
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Slice the ciabatta rolls or loaf in half lengthwise and place on a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl add the softened butter, garlic, and salt and mix until combined.
- Spread the butter mixture over the ciabatta bread.
- Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top with the fresh parsley.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cut into triangles or slices and serve!