1/2cupsalted butter1 stick, at room temperature. It needs to be super soft.
1tablespoonolive oiluse light olive oil and not extra-virgin
2-3tablespoonschopped parsley+ more to sprinkle at the end
1/4-1/2teaspoonsaltadjust to taste
1/4teaspoonblack pepperor to taste
1 & 1/2tablespoonsminced garlicfrom 7 to 8 large garlic cloves
1French loaf/baguette11.5 oz/326 grams
1cupmozzarella cheeseshredded, you can add more to taste
Take 1 stick (1/2 cup) of super soft salted butter in a large bowl and start mashing it with a fork. The butter needs to be really soft and you should ideally take it out of the refrigerator and put it on the counter for 2 to 3 hours before using. Although this time may vary a lot depending on how hot or cold it is where you live. Keep mashing until the butter is really smooth.
Add in 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Then add the Italian seasoning, chopped parsley, salt (to taste) and black pepper. Yes we are adding salt even when using salted butter.
Add the minced garlic. I added around 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic here (from 7 to 8 large garlic cloves). If this is a lot of garlic for you, cut it down. I really like extra garlic in my garlic bread.
Now using the same fork, mix until everything is well combined. Your garlic butter spread is now ready. Set this aside.
Take the French loaf and slice it in half lengthwise. Then cut it into 2 parts from the center, so you have 4 slices now.
Apply the prepared garlic butter generously on each of the cut 4 slices. Then top with mozzarella cheese. I used around 1 cup of shredded cheese for the 4 slices. Skip adding the cheese if you want to make plain garlic bread.
Pre-heat your air fryer according to manufacturer's instructions. Place the prepared slices into the air fryer. I used a parchment paper below (which has holes and is especially made for air fryer), if you do not have this, spray the bottom with some oil spray so that the bread doesn't stick.I had to cut each slice further into 2 parts to fit into the air fryer (so I had total of 8 slices to air fry). I placed 3 cut slices into the air fryer at one time. Do not overcrowd the air fryer and place the slices in a single layer.
Air fry at 350 F degrees for 4 to 6 minutes until the cheese melts and the edges of the bread become crispy. You can add extra minute or two for crispier bread. Time may vary depending on the brand and model of air fryer. Remove from air fryer carefully and place on serving board. Air fry remaining slices similarly. The first batch take more time but the next batches cook faster as the air fryer is really heated up.Wait for 3 to 4 minutes and then you can slice them into even smaller pieces before serving. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve warm.
You can change the amount of garlic to taste. I definitely use tons of it but you can tone down.
Use fresh garlic for best taste, I don't like using bottled garlic.
Make sure your butter is really soft before you start making the spread. It makes the mixing very easy.
Consider using salted butter in this recipe for extra flavor.
Top the garlic bread with crushed chili flakes to add a touch of heat.
Place each layer of garlic bread in a single layer in the air fryer. Do not stack them.
Every air fryer is different so keep an eye after 3 minutes, it make take more or less time than 5 minutes depending on the brand of air fryer you have. This recipe was tested in a Gourmia air fryer.