Youre probably asking yourself, what makes it easy? Why is it gourmet-ish? To answer your inquiry minds, my take on garlic bread couldn't be simpler to make. Only three main ingredients: Garlic, bread and olive oil. And once you taste it, it might just remind you of one of those fancy appetizers youd get at a nice restaurant. And since youre roasting the garlic, youll find that it really mellows the taste, giving you rich and deep flavor, without the harshness associated with raw garlic.
|Garlic||1 Medium , slice|
|Baguette||1/2 Pound (1/2 loaf)|
|Olive oil||1/4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Kosher salt||1 Teaspoon (to taste)|
|Pepper||1/2 Teaspoon (to taste)|
1.Pre-heat over to 425.
2.Holding the garlic head sideways, slice through the very tops of the garlic cloves.
3.Place the garlic head cut side up in the middle of a piece of 10"x10" foil.
4.Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil over the garlic, then sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
5.Fold the sides of the foil into a little tent, twist the top and place into the oven for 30-35 minutes, until the garlic is a tender and golden brown.
6.Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for a bit. While it's cooling, place your bread rounds flat on a baking or cookie sheet. 7.Lightly drizzle some olive oil over the slices, then give them a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Set aside.
8.Once the garlic is cool enough to handle, gently remove the cloves from their paper peel and place into a sauce pan.
9.Pour about a 1/4 cup of olive oil over the garlic, about 1/8 inch covering the bottom of your pan.
10.Put the pan over very low heat. All you want to do is warm the olive oil and allow the garlic flavor to infuse. Only takes a few minutes.
11.Place your bread into the same 425 oven for about 5 minutes. You’re just going to warm the bread and give a light crunch. Be careful not over bake I
12.Carefully pour your olive oil and garlic into an oven-safe ramekin or other bowl that can handle hot oil. Once your bread comes out of the oven, place it into a linen-lined basket or something to keep it warm.
13.To serve, grab a bread round and top it with a garlic clove and a little infused olive oil. Using the back of a spoon, gently smash the garlic clove. It should spread like butter. And there you have it, Easy Gourmet-ish Garlic Bread!
Once you've mastered the Easy Gourmet-ish Garlic Bread, try some of these simple toppings that’ll step it up even more. Start with some chopped tomatoes and finely chopped shallots (or red onion) soaked in balsamic vinegar. Or maybe some grated parmesan cheese and minced herbs, such as basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary. Or all of the above. Whatever suites your taste buds.
Serving size Complete recipe
Calories 1029Calories from Fat 494
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 56 g86.2%
Saturated Fat 8 g40%
Trans Fat 0 g
Sodium 3132 mg130.5%
Total Carbohydrates 113 g37.7%
Dietary Fiber %
Protein 16 g32%
Vitamin A % Vitamin C %
Calcium % Iron %
*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet