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Garlic Bread

Want a great garlic bread that is quick, easy and so simple you feel stupid you didn’t think of it before?  Forget those frozen garlic breads that are so laden with fake butter its like eating grease cakes!  Here’s one that’s tasty and done in about 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Bakery bread (generally has a hard crust and soft bread inside or similar breads are sold in slices which save you the time of slicing it)
  • Butter/margarine
  • Olive Oil
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Minced garlic
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Foil
  • Options:
    • mozzarella cheese instead or with the parmesan
    • garlic powder or garlic salt instead of minced garlic
    • Dried tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 300F (lower temperatures allows the bread to bake without burning)
  2. If you are making a loaf, tear a piece of foil big enough to wrap around the loaf.  If you are working with slices, lay foil on a tray large enough to accommodate your slices and another piece that will cover the top of them.
  3. If you are working with a loaf, cut it in half length wise (makes only two pieces, you’ll cut it into slices before serving), or lay out your slices on the foiled pan.
  4. In a medium size bowl add 4 tablespoons of butter/margarine, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, oregano and basil to taste (about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon each).
  5. Blend well.
  6. Spread the above mixture across each piece of bread, covering it completely (not the crusts).
  7. Cover slices with Parmesan cheese (again, as much or little as you like).
  8. Cover in foil.
  9. Put in oven for roughly 20 minutes to a half hour or until the edges of the bread begin to crisp (turn slightly brown).  If you like a harder bread, don’t foil it but keep it in a pan to catch any drippings.
  10. Slice (if needed) and serve.

 

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