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The Kitchn: This garlic bread deserves a seat at the Thanksgiving table

Meghan Splawn, on

Even if you plan to downsize the menu this year, some type of bread, roll or biscuit is absolutely essential to any Thanksgiving spread. After all, you need something to push the delicious sides together and to sop up every drop of gravy left on your plate. Of course, you might not want to bake from-scratch dinner rolls for just your household. We hear you.

That’s where Thanksgiving garlic bread comes in. This last-minute addition to your table is perfect for those of us who don’t have the desire to make anything else from scratch. And buttery garlic bread — this one spiced, very lightly sweetened, and scented with sage — rivals any homemade bread.

The best garlic bread upgrade is brown sugar garlic butter

Any garlic bread will be welcomed on the Thanksgiving table, but it takes just two extra minutes and a few ingredients you probably have on hand to make an extra-special version. Sage and smoked paprika bring color and deep savory flavors to a mixture of butter, olive oil and garlic, but the surprising twist is just a hint of brown sugar. You’ll just have to trust that this slight sweetness isn’t overwhelming and pairs perfectly with roasted turkey, potatoes, gravy and more.

You can make the garlic butter for this recipe up to one day in advance, or at the very last minute. To make it, you’ll soften a stick of butter in the microwave, then fold in some spices, the brown sugar and minced garlic and sage. When you’re ready, just split your bread loaf and spread the butter across it before baking. Pinkie promise your family will be asking for this garlic bread to grace the table every year.

Thanksgiving Garlic Bread


Serves 10 to 12

4 cloves garlic

6 large fresh sage leaves

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter


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