Three Garlic Bread Variations To Order

Posted on: 14 February 2023

When you browse the appetizer section of your local Italian restaurant to look for a tasty way to begin your meal, it's tough to beat garlic bread. While there are certainly appetizer options that are fancier or seem more exotic than garlic bread, there's something extremely tantalizing about the combination of fresh, baked bread that is brushed with butter, garlic, and Italian herbs. Virtually every Italian restaurant has traditional garlic bread on its menu, but you'll often find one or more variations of this dish at certain eateries. Here are three garlic bread variations that you might want to try. 

Garlic Knots

Garlic knots are an appetizer at lots of eateries, offering a playful twist on traditional garlic bread. As this dish's name suggests, the dough is formed into a knot that gives it a round and bulky appearance. The dough itself may contain garlic and herbs, and there will be a liberal amount of butter, garlic, and herbs that are brushed onto the surface of the dough knot before it goes into the oven. Garlic knots vary in size, so you may wish to confirm the size before you place your order—especially if you're ordering for the whole table.

Stuffed Garlic Bread

Some garlic bread features cheese grated on top, but you'll find some variations that include cheese in a different way. In an order of stuffed garlic bread, the bread is stuffed inside of the loaf. It remains out of sight until you cut a slice off, which will reveal warm, runny cheese that immediately adds an exciting look to the appetizer. Stuffed garlic bread may even contain other ingredients beyond the cheese at certain restaurants. For example, you may find a garlic loaf that has bacon mixed in with the cheese.

Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

If you're planning to order garlic bread to share with one or more people, a fun variation to consider is pull-apart garlic bread. This type of loaf can be made in several ways, but it's designed so that people can easily pull chunks off it. For example, you'll often see these loaves that are made up of several small balls that are pressed together. When you grab one of the balls and pull, it separates easily from the rest of the loaf. This type of garlic bread often comes with marinara sauce for dipping.

Consider trying one of these garlic bread variations during your next Italian restaurant visit.