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Recipe

Garlic Bread

Amy Albert

Yield: Yields one loaf of bread; Serves 8 to 10

Making a compound butter with sautéed instead of raw garlic helps mellow the flavor, whlie baking the bread in a paper bag helps crisp up the crust. You can adjust the amount of garlic to suit your tolerance: 1 clove for mild or up to 4 for high potency.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. fruity olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced or puréed (about 3 tsp.)
  • 3/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 lb. cold unsalted butter, in small dice or thin slices
  • 1-lb. loaf Italian bread (preferably a thin-crusted style)

Preparation

  • Heat the oven to 400°F.
  • In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and cook, sizzling gently for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. The garlic should soften and become fragrant but not brown. Put the butter in a small bowl and pour the oil and garlic over it. Blend until smooth enough to spread evenly.
  • Make diagonal slices in the bread at 3/4-inch intervals, stopping short of the bottom crust. Slather some of the garlic butter into each cut. Slip the loaf back into the paper bag that it came in (or use a torn paper grocery bag; avoid those with printing or plastic on them). Wet the entire bag with a spray bottle or a very fast pass under the faucet. Pop the package into the oven and bake until it smells of popcorn and the crust is crisp, 10-15 minutes.

For herbed garlic bread, add 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or 2 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme, oregano, chives, or basil to the butter along with the garlic.

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  • Tracy_D | 08/13/2015

    We've made this multiple times. A real favorite! Love the paper bag trick, makes for a great crust. All guests devour this.. We could polish a whole loaf too, just the two of us....

  • lcotton | 02/13/2012

    Best garlic bread I've ever made!!! Almost finished off a whole loaf (it was a smallish loaf)between two of us!!!

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