Toasted Garlic Bread

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Toasted Garlic Bread

Toasted garlic bread is a simple yet delicious side dish or appetizer that’s easy to prepare. It consists of sliced bread that is toasted and then rubbed with garlic and butter for a flavorful and aromatic treat. Here’s a basic recipe for making toasted garlic bread:

Ingredients:

  • French or Italian bread loaf (baguette or similar)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced (adjust to your taste)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 350Β°F (175Β°C).
  1. Prepare the Bread:
  • Slice the French or Italian bread loaf in half lengthwise, creating two long halves. You can also cut the bread into individual slices if you prefer.
  1. Make the Garlic Butter:
  • In a small bowl, mix the minced garlic with the softened unsalted butter. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper to taste. You can adjust the amount of garlic to your liking for a stronger or milder garlic flavor.
  1. Spread the Garlic Butter:
  • Spread the garlic butter mixture evenly over the cut sides of the bread. Make sure to cover the entire surface for maximum flavor.
  1. Assemble the Bread:
  • Place the buttered bread halves back together and wrap them in aluminum foil. If you’ve sliced the bread into individual pieces, you can wrap them individually.
  1. Bake the Bread:
  • Place the wrapped bread in the preheated oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes. The goal is to heat the bread and allow the garlic butter to infuse its flavor without burning the garlic.
  1. Optional Broil:
  • If you’d like a crispy top, you can open the foil and broil the bread for a minute or two under a broiler until the top is golden brown. Keep a close eye on it to prevent burning.
  1. Garnish and Serve:
  • Remove the toasted garlic bread from the oven and, if desired, garnish it with chopped fresh parsley. Slice it into pieces and serve it hot.

Toasted garlic bread is a versatile side dish that pairs well with pasta, soups, salads, or as an appetizer on its own. It’s a crowd-pleaser and a perfect addition to many meals, adding a burst of garlic and buttery goodness to your dining experience.