We recently posted one of our favorite recipes – Shrimp in Garlic Sauce. But, something was missing? Low Carb Cheesy Garlic Bread was that missing ingredient. The shrimp were delicious, but leaving that intensely wonderful garlic flavored olive oil on the dish was truly upsetting! Joanie and I both looked at each other and said, “Garlic Bread” at the same time. Our low-carb version of this necessity is one you should definitely try. You will use it over-and-over again!
The beauty of this recipe is it can augment your favorite dish or even jump to center stage as the featured part of the meal. The Cheesy Garlic Bread is perfect for a low-carb pizza or flatbread base. Cut the bread strips into a smaller size and use them as a replacement for typical crostini appetizers. The toppings there are endless; everything from cocktail sauce with shrimp and avocado to horsey sauce with beef and onion! We love it as an appetizer with our Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Dip.
Cheesy Garlic Bread is perfect simply dipped in homemade marinara sauce. Make this recipe and you will realize you also have a perfect accompaniment for any Italian-style dish. How about with our Zucchini Linguine with Langostinos or our Zucchini Noodles with Bolognese? You certainly do not have to think very long to come up with many more delicious uses for this recipe. It is a low-carb essential!
Our Cheesy Garlic Bread is both low carb and gluten-free! There are no wheat or grain flours in the recipe. We use almond flour and Xanthan Gum in place of wheat flour, baking powder, and yeast. The Xanthan Gum will trap the air and give you a bread like texture that is light and chewy.
Eggs and cheese based breads are an amazing blend of ingredients that will produce a tasty base for pizza doughs and other low-carb bread recipes. A good example would be our Chicken Bacon Ranch Flatbread recipe. The base for that recipe uses coconut flour instead of the almond flour, but you can use either.
The key ingredients for this version are the garlic and butter. They are not only part of the base ingredients, but are essential as the finishing touch. Brushing garlic butter on the top of the bread when it is fresh out of the oven is delicious!
The dough is mixed in one large bowl. It is one of those “dump-and-mix” recipes. The dough will form naturally and quickly. The preparation time is mainly spent grating the fresh cheese. We buy in blocks since one never knows what is really in the pre-grated bags that are so popular. They save time, but we like to grate our own. We have also made the recipe without the ricotta if it is not handy, but then we would use one less egg.
If you like a stronger garlic flavor, feel free to add more to the dough and your topping. Garlic is one of those ingredients that can vary depending upon one’s taste. However, make sure to brush the top of the baked bread when you first take it out of the oven and it is best served hot. We suggest using garlic powder so the flavor will be apparent in every bite.
We also find that the cheesy flavor intensifies over night in the refrigerator and 10-15 seconds in a microwave the next day is all it takes to restore that hot chewy and garlicky flavor! The Cheesy Garlic Bread will also freeze well, so you might want to make a large batch and have them handy. As you can see, this is really a “low-carb essential.” Make a batch tonight and enjoy that cheesy garlic chewy delightful bread with your favorite sauce! Let us know how you plan to use the bread sticks! Enjoy!
Garlic Butter Spread
- 1/2 stick Butter (melted)
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs together. Add the melted butter, parsley, oregano , garlic powder, and salt and stir together.
- Mix in almond flour, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Xanthan gum and mix until well combined into a dough.
- Smooth the dough mixture evenly on a 9 x 13 inch baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use the back of the spoon to smooth the dough.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden, then broil for 2 minutes to cook the top.
- Melt the remaining butter and stir in garlic powder for topping. Once removed from the hot oven brush the garlic butter on the top of the bread with a pastry brush. Serve hot.