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Sourdough Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is a staple on Italian-themed nights. Instead of buying the frozen kind, or spending all day baking bread in your kitchen, split the difference with this easy recipe.

Pasquale Usorio, proprietor for nearly four decades of Pasquale's Pizzeria in San Francisco, makes a crusty, potent garlic bread that regulars swear by.

Sunset SEPTEMBER 2003

  • Yield: Makes 12 pieces


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced or pressed garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 1/2-pound loaves of sourdough French bread
  • 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons minced or pressed garlic, and 3 tablespoons chopped parsley. Cut two 1/2-pound loaves of sourdough French bread crosswise into thirds, then cut each third in half horizontally. Brush or spoon garlic mixture generously on the cut side of each piece. Sprinkle each piece with about 1/2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese. Place pieces (cheese side up) on baking sheets and broil 8 inches from heat until well browned, 3 to 4 minutes each. Serve warm.

Nutritional analysis per piece.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 199
  • Calories from fat: 50%
  • Protein: 4.5g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 1.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 21g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Sodium: 278mg
  • Cholesterol: 2mg

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Sourdough Garlic Bread Recipe