🧄🧀 Cheesy Confit Garlic Bread 🧀🧄

Enjoy this delicious Cheesy Confit Garlic Bread! This garlic bread, which is made with slow-cooked garlic confit and topped with melted cheese, is an impressive appetizer or side dish.

📋 Ingredients:

For the Garlic Confit:

  • 🧄 2 heads of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • 🌿 1 cup olive oil
  • 🌿 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 🌿 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 🧂 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 🌿 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Garlic Bread:

  • 🍞 1 loaf of French bread or baguette
  • 🧈 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 🧀 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 🧀 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 🌿 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)

📝 Directions:

1️⃣ Make the Garlic Confit:

  • Preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C).
  • In a small baking dish or oven-safe saucepan, combine the peeled garlic cloves, olive oil, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and black pepper.
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 1.5 to 2 hours, until the garlic is tender and golden. Let cool slightly.

2️⃣ Prepare the Bread:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Slice the loaf of French bread or baguette in half lengthwise.
  • In a bowl, mash the softened butter with a fork and mix in some of the garlic confit cloves (to taste) and a few tablespoons of the garlic-infused oil. Spread the garlic butter mixture evenly over the cut sides of the bread.

3️⃣ Top with Cheese:

  • Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheeses evenly over the buttered bread.

4️⃣ Bake the Garlic Bread:

  • Place the bread halves on a baking sheet, cut side up.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the edges of the bread are golden brown.

5️⃣ Serve:

  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley if desired.
  • Slice into pieces and serve warm.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 350 kcal per serving

💡 Notes:

  • The garlic confit can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • For a variation, try adding some red pepper flakes to the garlic butter mixture for a bit of heat.
  • This cheesy garlic bread pairs wonderfully with pasta dishes, soups, or as a standalone appetizer.