Saturday, January 3, 2009

Garlic Bread

This is an easy accompaniment to any Italian entree. It's one of those things that you might take for granted, but it adds the perfect touch and it always finishes the meal. To be honest, I have no idea where I got this recipe. Maybe Martha Stewart? I can't remember. Anyway, this is how I always do it. I know you'll love it!

1 loaf Italian bread
1 stick salted butter
1 clove garlic (or more), chopped
1 tbs chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 350F.
Slice bread into half inch slices. Arrange slices on a baking tray. Set aside. Melt butter with the garlic in a small sauce pot. Let the garlic cook in the melted butter until it becomes soft and the butter becomes infused with the garlic flavor. Add the chopped parsley and cook for another minute or two. Remove from heat. Spoon about a tablespoon or two of the garlic butter onto each slice of bread. Place tray in oven and bake until lightly toasted, about 10 minutes.

I like a lot of garlic, so I usually use two big cloves instead of just one. Use as much as you like! Also, if you prefer not to bite into a big honkin' piece of garlic, just slice the clove into a few large pieces instead of finely chopping it. That makes it easier to remove the garlic after infusing the butter.

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