9-10 medium cloves garlic (about the size of a cashew), skins left on
6 T unsalted butter, softened
2 T grated Parmesan cheese
½ tsp salt
1 whole loaf high-quality Italian bread (about 1 pound, football-shaped)
ground black pepper

Chipotle Garlic Bread

Canned chipotle chilies packed in adobo sauce add a smoky, spicy flavor that made this the hands-down favorite of everyone who tasted these variations.

Follow recipe for Garlic Bread, mashing 1½ chipotle chilies en adobo (about 1 T) and 1 tsp adobo sauce into garlic butter mixtures. Increase baking time by a minute or two.

Herbed Garlic Bread

Follow recipe for Garlic Bread, mashing 1 T each minced fresh basil and chives, and ½ T each minced fresh thyme and oregano into garlic butter mixture.

Parmesan and Asiago Cheese Garlic Bread

Follow recipe for Garlic Bread, decreasing salt to ¼ tsp, increasing Parmesan cheese to ¼ cup, and mashing ¼ cup grated Asiago cheese and 2 tsp Dijon mustard into butter along with garlic.