Friday, July 30, 2010

Garlic Bread

I'm a huge fan of delicious buttery garlic bread. I've never had a good recipe for it before, but have always enjoyed it at restaurants paired with a big bowl of pasta. It's a great accompaniment to a meal and the perfect addition to a dinner party menu.

Before I found this recipe, I always buttered bread and threw it under the broiler. Something as simple as that brings back so many warm memories. Warm buttered bread is what I grew up loving. It was a specialty my grandmother always made for her grandchildren when she babysat us day during the week while our parents worked.

I have memories of her making her homemade bread in the kitchen: kneading the dough on her kitchen table, the squishing sounds of the water being worked into the dough. She made everything with love.

I'd always check on the bread in the oven for her. Watching it rise and anticipating when it would be done. My favorite part was when it came fresh out of the oven. She would slice it in half, spread butter in the middle, and wrap it in a napkin. We'd eat it while it was warm and steaming.

I love that food evokes such amazing emotions and recalls such wonderful memories.

Taken by Ashley DaCruz
My grandmother in her kitchen preparing a Sunday lunch for the family

Now onto the garlic bread...

Mince the garlic and chop the parsley and oregano.

Transfer all ingredients except for the butter into a saute pan and saute for about 10 minutes. Remove sooner if garlic appears to be browning, but with that amount of oil I've found the garlic doesn't brown so I saute them until I think the flavors have infused.

Cut a loaf of bread in half and butter one side of the bread with butter. Then spread the other side or both sides with the garlic mixture.

Wrap the bread in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes. Then slice the bread and serve!

Garlic Bread
Adapted From Ina Garten
(Printable Recipe)

6 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup good olive oil
1 loaf french bread
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the garlic in the bowl of a food processor and process until minced. Add the parsley, oregano, salt and pepper and pulse twice. If you don't have a food processor like me, you can chop the garlic, parsley, and oregano by hand.

Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan and add the garlic mixture. Remove the pan from the heat. Slice the french bread in half horizontally, and spread the butter on 1 half. Spread the garlic mixture on the other half of the bread, and put the halves together. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil.

Place the bread in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Open the foil, and continue baking for an additional 5 minutes.

Recipe Tips:
  • DO use fresh herbs instead of dried
  • DON'T use ciabatta loaf of bread (as pictured above)- it's best with a large, doughy french roll)

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