Toasted Garlic-Butter-and-Herb Bread

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

Use mini baguettes, hoagies, or ciabatta rolls to make these quick garlic-herb toasts, which are perfect for dipping in a dish like Saffron-and-Orange-Scented Seafood Stew—or any soup, for that matter. While the broiler is heating, slice the bread and mix the butter, garlic, herbs, and red pepper flakes together. Then toast the bread and spread it with the garlicky butter. Broil until the slices are crisp and golden brown, and serve.


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • Pinch of red-pepper flakes (optional)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 mini baguettes, hoagies, or ciabatta rolls, split; or 1 large baguette or ciabatta, sliced on the bias into 1-inch-thick pieces


  1. Preheat broiler, with rack 6 to 8 inches below element. In a bowl, stir together butter, garlic, herbs, and red pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper. Broil bread on a rimmed baking sheet lined with a wire rack, split side up, until lightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Divide butter mixture among toasts, spreading evenly to edges. Broil until crisp and golden brown in places and butter is sizzling, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve warm.

    toasted garlic-butter-and-herb bread
    Lennart Weibull
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