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Alex Guarnaschelli's Spicy, Buttery Garlic Bread

Garlic bread on chopping board with tomato and olive oil, close-up
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Cook Time:
30 mins
Prep Time:
20 mins

Chef notes

This can make a salad feel like a meal, it makes Italian-American night complete, it creates the pizzeria vibes at home and it's fun to make. Add some chili flakes to make it spicy. Add some shallots to the garlic for variety. Add mozzarella slices to make it like a giant, baked grilled cheese. The options are endless!

Sometimes, if I think of this in advance, I completely assemble and wrap this bread up and leave it overnight in the fridge. When I'm ready to make dinner, just toss it in the oven for 20 minutes or until it's really hot in the center. (Sometimes I make it when I'm at home with my daughter so we don't have to share with any guests!) This gets even better when you use this bread as the base for a meatball (or sausage and pepper hero) sandwich.

Technique tip: Spread all of the ingredients very evenly down the length of the bread so that every slice has an even layer all of the flavors. Don't cut the bread all the way in half. You want one side closed so it makes for a neater, enclosed sandwich.

Swap option: Don't like garlic? Substitute 12 minced scallions — include both the green and white parts.

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