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Garlic Bread – AKA Crack Bread

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Delicious garlic bread that has so much flavor and ooey gooeyness you’ll want to make and eat it daily. Garlic bread, aka crack bread will become a family favorite.

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Before Jack was born, Troy and I lived in Los Angeles for about four years.  It’s been more than nine years since we returned to Washington, but I still find myself occasionally reading the Los Angeles Times online.  I like reading about where we lived, and sometimes I see really interesting stories.

Years of reading that newspaper finally paid off, because I stumbled on a recipe that will forever be known as “Crack Bread” in my house.

From time to time, the newspaper will have a reader email in asking for a recipe from a certain restaurant.  Usually, the restaurant will supply it to the Food editors, and they will then reprint it for everyone.  I’ve seen some interesting things in this section of the website, but something about this cheesy garlic bread recipe spoke to me.

I read the title and the notes from the LA Times Food team going on and on about how good it was.  I was sold. Then, I saw that the recipe called for ONE WHOLE CUP OF MAYO. And I puked a bit in my mouth.

I wanted this bread in a bad way, but the mayo was not going to grace my plate, so I’ve adapted the original recipe.  While I’ve never had the original, this crack bread is already semi-famous in our family. Whenever I make it for family dinner on Sundays it is devoured in seconds. I’ve needed to use my fork to defend a piece on my plate before.

If you want to make this garlic bread extra special, try your hand at making your own baguettes.  I learned how when the people at Mother Earth News sent me a copy of Plowing With Pigs.  There is a DIY baguette recipe in there that is amazing.  I found a baguette loaf tray at Goodwill after months of searching (I actually gasped when I saw it and made an older lady laugh), but they are also available online if you’re not interested in hunting one down.

Crack might be whack, but this Garlic Bread – AKA Crack Bread is totally worth the trip down the rabbit hole.

garlic bread
5 from 3 votes
Garlic Bread – AKA Crack Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Garlic bread that has so much flavor and ooey gooeyness you'll want to make and eat it daily. Garlic bread, aka crack bread will become a family favorite.
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4 people
Author: Sarah - Sustainable Cooks
  • 1 baquette
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup shredded or grated Parmesan
  • 5 basil leaves (if using dried, use 1 tsp), minced
  • Small handful fresh parsley (if using dried, use 1 tsp), minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped
  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and cream cheese and beat on medium until well combined.

  2. Add the Parmesan and garlic, and beat until well combined.

  3. Add the herbs, and beat on low until the herbs are distributed. Remove from the mixing bowl, and place in a bowl with a lid, and refrigerate for about 2 hours. This gives the mixture a chance to really develop a deeper flavor.

  4. About 10 minutes prior to baking, slice the baguette in half, length-wise down the middle. Place on a baking tray lined with foil or parchment. Microwave the butter mix for about 15 seconds to soften. Using a silicone spatula, spread the mixture evenly on the baguettes.

  5. Place under the broiler for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbling.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from the LA Times.

To slice, we used kitchen shears since it makes a huge mess to do it with a knife.  

Delicious garlic bread that has so much flavor and ooey gooeyness you'll want to make and eat it daily. Garlic bread, aka crack bread will become a family favorite.
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22 comments on “Garlic Bread – AKA Crack Bread”

  1. You had me at cream cheese and parmesan. Wonder if I should do that with a chicken and dumplings meal…

  2. So much better without mayo!! I would have gotten a little sick reading that too but I greatly dislike mayo (and any substitutes). The bread looks amazing!

    • I can tolerate a bit of mayo for tartar sauce, and a tiny bit in coleslaw, but that is about as much mayo as I desire in my life. An entire cup might send me over the edge.

  3. This sounds so good. Having spaghetti soon, may have to pair it up!

  4. Ha…I both love and dislike you a bit for posting this. This will disappear in our house! Been making baguettes with the Reader’s Digest Homemade frend bread recipe and I just bought a baguette pan so they look as good as they taste. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This looks delish!

    Have you heard of Crack Pie? A co-worker made it once and wow- it was so rich but oh so good! Major sugar high, for sure!

  6. Thanks for sharing.
    I will try if I can.

  7. Looks great – I’m going to make it this weekend!!

    • *Update* I made this yesterday – it was lunch (along with “key lime” pie made from Greek yogurt and cool whip) and we all loved it!! I added more Parmesan cheese, and used dried herbs. Yummy!! Thanks for posting this.

  8. I couldn’t get the Pinterest link to work, but I pinned this fabulous recipe (with credit for you!):

  9. So I tried this last night. Well, I just bs’d the measurements and used dried herbs and…basically I needed to make garlic bread and took a really lazy approach to this awesome recipe. And it still turned out great! My husband has asked that I make garlic bread this way “from now until forever”. Thank you for sharing this!

  10. The LA times recipe is really similar to the Pioneer Woman’s garlic bread. I do like mayo, but a cup sounds like too much – maybe if you’ve got a big loaf? I just mix up a bit of mayo with shredded cheese and herbs. Then melt some butter in a cast iron skillet with some garlic and toast the bread in it. Then I spread the mayo-cheese mix on top and bake it. It doesn’t have a mayo flavor to it at all. My husband is not a fan of mayo, but he loves this garlic bread!

    • I thought the same thing! Just don’t think about the mayo, but it gives it a good tanginess. I def don’t use a whole cup!

      I will have to try this version next time I make garlic bread. I like the thought of using cream cheese… it makes everything delicious!

  11. We’ve changed the name at our house to “Wicked Stinky” in a good way. We use to Make garlic bread and add to pasta for a quick dinner. I’ve shared the recipe with friends who love it as well. Keep up the good work.

  12. It’s called “Wicked Stinky” at our house, in a good way. 🙂 We use it on bread, throw it in pasta, etc.

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  14. This garlic bread recipe sounds AMAAAAAZING! Can’t wait to try.

  15. never tried cream cheese, going to give this is a shot!

  16. I love this!