Saturday, January 15, 2011

Recipe: Garlic Bread for a Crowd

Garlic Bread is one of our favorite foods.  Well, to be honest garlic and bread are also favorites. Combine these with olive oil and butter and you get a sinfully delicious food.  I think it is loved because it has all the flavors of sopping up sauce on a plate with some bread -- without all the work! But, whatever the reason, garlic bread is full of absolutely the best stuff on earth!
It is not hard to make, just a little time consuming.  Start by chopping up some garlic, combining it with butter and olive oil and sautéing it to take some of the harsh bite out of the garlic.  Spread it onto some delicious bread and heat up.  Slice and serve!
There are plenty of ways to make it even more decadent -- add herbs to the garlic and oil mixture, basil, chopped parsley, rosemary or spices like red pepper flakes and it is great.  Or, to make it even more rich you can add some mozzarella to the bread after spreading the garlic mixture on it.
Some people like their garlic bread toasted, just bake it for 40 minutes to get it this way.  I like it just heated through, so I only bake it up to 20 minutes.
1 loaf of bread sliced lengthwise - (like for a giant sandwich)
4 - 6 cloves chopped garlic (or more for the brave at heart)
2 - 4 T butter
2 T olive oil

Melt the butter with the oil and garlic in a small saucepan.  When the garlic starts to sizzle, turn off the heat, you do not want to brown the garlic, just make it dance a little.
(You can do this part ahead of time.  Just refrigerate the garlic mixture.  It will thicken and be somewhat spreadable.)
Paint or spread onto the bread.
Slice bread vertically into individually slices.  I like to do this before I bake the bread, but it can be done after baking, just before serving.
Bake at 350 for 20 - 40 minutes until desired crispness.


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