Saturday, June 23, 2012

Garlic Bread


... is basically at the top of the list for foods both delicious and quick to make. I mean, who doesn't like garlic bread? (Many people, I am sure, especially those who dislike garlic.) But I cannot resist the warm combination of fresh crusty bread, melted butter, and garlic.
Of course, like all inherently simple things, there are many different recipes, each claiming to "be the very best" (that no one ever was??) My suitemate, for example, simply kept a bowl of garlic-butter on the counter (for some reason unrefrigerated) and whenever he wanted garlic bread, he would spread a thick layer of butter on a slice of sandwich bread and microwaved it until the butter was melted. I must say, it was delicious. Some people put cheese or zest or their garlic bread, which is delicious too. The main debate I have seen is olive oil vs butter. But hey, this recipe uses both, so anything is possible.I am personally a fan of butter garlic bread, probably because I am a fan of butter.

But why am I talking about garlic bread anyways? Well, the other night we had family friends come over for dinner, and my parents (Hi parents!) basically assigned me to make the dinner they had planned: clams and fish cooked in a tomato-chorizo-roasted red pepper-garlic-onion sauce and garlic bread.
So how did I make this garlic bread? Well, I opted for the "melt butter with garlic and brush/pour on top of the bread" method.


Garlic Bread (serves 6-8)

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette
  • 3 tbsp of salted butter
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • Parsley (opt)
Tasting the melted garlic butter :)

Method:
  1. Cut the baguette in half to make 2 short baguettes
  2. Cut each of those in half like you are splitting them for a sub sandwich. The goal here is to have have access to the crumb of the bread.
  3. Use a garlic press or knife to mince the garlic and place it in a small microwaveable bowl.
  4. Add the butter to the bowl and microwave the contents until the butter is melted and bubbly.
  5. Use your communism skills to distribute the melted garlic butter evenly among the pieces of bread (on the not crusty side). 
  6. Sprinkle on a bit of chopped parsley if you want to.
  7. Slice the bread into the number/size of pieces you desire.
  8. But the bread pieces crust down on a baking sheet and stick under the broiler until the edges of the bread brown.
  9. Serve warm!

2 comments:

Matthieu Devin said...

Yay communism skills!

It was indeed yummy garlic bread

Catherine Granger said...

Thanks for cooking!