Recipe Review

Garlic Confit Toast Is the Sweet and Nutty Upgrade You’ll Want to Make This Week

published Jan 18, 2022
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garlic bread sits sliced on a cutting board with sprinkle next to it
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It really can be the simplest of ingredients that pack the biggest punch. Traceable all the way back to ancient Rome, garlic bread more than holds its own in a world of traditional recipes. Paired well with just about any type of pasta or soup, this pungent, toasted treat can also be enjoyed on its own with some melted mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

As versatile as it is, so goes the same for the recipe. Jeri Mobley-Arias — the creative behind Whisper of Yum, a food blog dedicated to recipes from her travels as well as her Filipino background — took to her Instagram to show us her take on garlic bread with a delicious looking garlic confit. Keep in mind that this is not your traditional garlic bread as it’s described as having “a nutty-sweet, creamy mouthfeel,” but Jeri assures us that this version is here to stay!  

Beginning with the confit, add olive oil and garlic cloves to a small saucepan. You’ll bring it to a simmer, then lower to medium-low heat. Cook for 30 minutes, periodically stirring until the cloves turn a light golden color. Remove from heat and allow to cool until room temperature. During this time, you’ll also want to preheat your oven to 400°F. 

Once your garlic has cooled, using a slotted spoon, scoop out the cloves into a bowl and strain the oil back into the saucepan. Add butter, Parmesan, parsley, and kosher salt to your bowl of garlic cloves and mix well.   

Then it’s time for the fun part. Take your sliced French bread and lather the garlic confit on each piece and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes or until golden brown then, voilà, time to eat! 

You can store the leftover oil in a sterile jar for up to five days if you keep it sealed and refrigerated. Jeri also clues us in on some other creative uses for the sauce including dressings, sautéed vegetables, and roasted potatoes. You can find the full recipe on her blog as well as countless other amazing dishes to try out.   

If this recipe gives you an itch for some other toasted treats, try out these Quick and Easy Pizza Bagels — with a foolproof technique to prevent them from getting soggy.  Additionally, these Ultimate Garlic Knots are a must-try, bringing homemade rolls and garlic bread together as one and (for your tasty knowledge) the dough also works great for pizza crust.