Friday, September 3, 2010

Quick & Easy Garlic Bread

I love garlic, probably a little too much, and I love garlic bread. This is so simple and easy and goes great with a variety of dishes and soups.

Garlic Bread
1 loaf french or Italian bread
3-4 tablespoons of melted butter
1 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning
2-3 finely minced garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Directions:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Slice bread into 3/4 inch pieces. I leave the very bottom uncut to keep the loaf together for baking. Mince garlic.  Put butter, garlic and seasoning in a microwaveable dish and microwave in 15 second increments until melted. This will hopefully prevent the butter explosion in your microwave.  You can also do in a small pan over medium heat on the stove if you like. With a pastry brush coat each side of cut bread with melted butter mixture. Brush remaining over the top of bread. Bake for 6-10 minutes until golden brown.

A little tip  I normally try to load up on french or Italian bread when it's on clearance for less than 50 cents at Fresh and Easy.  I make sure it's not stale and I put immediately in the freezer. Pull out the freezer the day you want to use and only allow to partially defrost. This actually makes it easier to cut perfect slices. Depending how frozen the bread is you might need to extend the cooking time 2-5 minutes.
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