12ouncesfresh sourdough baguette(340 grams; unsliced; about 2½ inches/6.4 cm wide)
½cupsalted butter, softened
3tablespoonsfresh garlic, minced(OR use 1 tablespoon garlic powder)
2tablespoonsgrated Parmesan cheese(optional but recommended)
Cut the bread in half lengthwise. Then cut each half into thirds, yielding a total of six pieces.
Stir the parsley and fresh or dried garlic into the butter until it is thoroughly combined.
Spread the butter mixture evenly over the cut tops of your bread pieces.
Place the buttered bread in a single layer on the air fryer trays. If you can't fit the bread in a single layer, you will need to cook the bread in more than one batch.
Air fry the bread for 5 minutes at 400°F (200°C).
If not using cheese: Switch the position of the trays in the air fryer oven, and air fry the bread an additional 2 minutes at 400°F (200°C). (7 minutes total cooking time)
If using cheese: Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over the tops of the bread. Cook one tray of bread at a time in the top rack position of the air fryer oven (nearest to the heating element) for 3 minutes at 400°F (200°C). (8 minutes total cooking time)
Let the bread cool off for a few minutes and enjoy!
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). This delectable appetizer (or side dish) provides 269 calories for a relatively small serving. The calories are largely coming from fat and carbohydrate, with minimal protein and fiber. In short, this one is lacking in the elements that help foods feel filling (i.e., protein, fiber, fluid). Let me tell you, I could very easily eat 3 servings or more of this garlic bread alongside my entrée! I doubt I’m alone in this.In general, many foods made with flour pack a lot of calories into a small volume. This includes things like this garlic bread, most cold breakfast cereals, pastries, cookies, quick breads, and muffins. These foods tend to package a lot of added fat and/or added sugar with the flour, and they provide little protein.Have you ever been shocked at how many servings a loaf of bread, box of cereal, or box of cookies lists? Many of us can easily overeat these foods. I don’t make them a regular part of my diet, as I’d usually rather have more satisfying (but still delicious!) foods.This garlic bread was a special addition to our meal when I made it and quelled a craving I had. However, it’s definitely not something I’d partake in daily (or even weekly). Unless your energy needs are very high, I wouldn’t consider this a great choice for an everyday food.Additionally, this garlic bread is not a good option for those looking to lower the amount of saturated fat in their diets. I’ve seen recipes for garlic bread using ultra-processed, low-calorie “butter” sprays but the taste isn’t quite the same. (That said, they can save you about 100 calories for each tablespoon of butter they replace, which can really add up!)Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipe using Parmesan cheese with half fresh garlic, half garlic powder.