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A Cheat's Guide to Garlic Bread

Updated on February 13, 2015

I'm sure that proper foodies would turn in disgust at the speed and simplicity of this recipe. It takes less than a minute, uses garlic powder instead of garlic, and instead of cooking in the oven, you use the toaster! Oh, and you won't need a French bread, you'll need a bagel.

If you're not too horrified by these short-cuts, then please read on...


1 bagel per person

Although this is purely up to you. If you're hungry or you like garlic bread a lot, then use more! With such a quick and easy recipe you can afford to be flexible.

butter or margarine

sea salt

garlic powder


Laying the bagel on its side, cut into two or three slices, (whatever it takes for them to fit in your toaster), and lightly toast them.

While they're still nice and hot, generously spread with butter or margarine. Lightly sprinkle each slice with sea salt and an even covering of garlic powder.

Quick, easy, garlicky and really delicious!


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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      I love your creative contribution to garlic bread. Garlic is so good for us. I prefer to finely chop the real garlic but would enjoy a piece of your recipe right now.

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      Paulette LaRocque 6 years ago from Dominica/Guyana

      Thanks so much, my husband is visiting and this will be a nice easy addition to the menu.

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      Jools99 6 years ago from North-East UK

      We love garlic bread and we love bagels. What's especially great is that we always have butter and garlic powder in the house. I'm trying this on Friday (traditionally pasta night in this house).

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      wytegarillaz 6 years ago from Australia

      We love to make garlic bread & try diferent ways, have never used sea salt or garlic powder , use fresh garlic & butter or minced garlic & butter !

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      Thanks aslanlight. That's interesting about table salt being sea salt. I've never seen the healthy version you mention, I will look out for it.

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      aslanlight 7 years ago from England

      I've been thinking of making garlic bread and hadn't thought of using powdered garlic. One thing about the sea salt though. I used it for years before I found out that most regular table salt is sea salt. If we want the healthy version it has to be unrefined and it's browny yellow in colour. It has a wonderful flavour.

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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment DeBorrah, I'm sure it will work equally well on sourdough. I'd quite like to try that myself...

      BKCreative, thanks for your comment too! Yes, sometimes you've just got to have garlic bread - and then any bread product that you have in the house just better watch out, lol!

      Yay, garlic bread with asparagus, genius!!! I'm glad you enjoyed the article. All you wanted to know (and probably much more :)

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      No disgust here. I've done this. I mean sometimes you need some garlic bread - and if I have a bagel then it is going to be garlic bread! And it was excellent!

      And you know what? - just add a few spears of asparagus and you are all set. Well, of course I added the asparagus here to thank you profusely for the great article you shared with me on my asparagus hub! What fun!

      Thanks again!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Moom Daisy,

      Great quick and easy tip. I think I will try it on sourdough as well. Thank You!


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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      Thanks SweetiePie! And good thinking, a way to cut even more corners :)

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This sounds fun and easy. Here in the US we have the garlic salt, so it even makes the process easier.

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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      You're welcome! I love anything that saves time. :o)

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      OH! I love cheating with food. Thanks for the tips.

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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment Jim10. I agree, and sometimes it's just good to know some short cuts! And thanks for the tip about using mozzarella, I never think of adding cheese, sounds good!

      Lila, yes, I've become a bit of addict I have to say, lol! I hope you also enjoy it if you try it.

      Vibharavi, thanks for sharing your short-cut recipe, that sounds really lovely too.

      Thanks Ivorwen, I've been making this a lot since discovering it. (And our house smells great!)

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      Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Sounds delicious!

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi Moon Daisy,

      I use the shortcut method of making garlic bread myself. I use regular sliced bread, and fresh garlic pods. Crush about 3-4 garlic flakes and mix them well in the butter, then just apply this mixture to the slices of bread and toast in an over or by placing in a flat bottomed saucepan.

      tastes delicious- my kids love it!

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      lyla 8 years ago from India

      Great tips..sounds wonderful and easy..thanks for sharing!:)

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      As long as it tastes good I don't see any reason not to use a faster way to make garlic bread. I always add some mozzarella on top of my garlic bread though.