Monday, December 21, 2009

Simple Garlic Bread

Every great Italian meal is always paired best with a warm, toasty slice of bread made fresh daily from a local market. The best bread is simple, with few ingredients for it is used best to soak up the richly decedent sauces on one's plate full of pasta and more pasta. I made this bread with Spaghetti Carbonara for my mother's Christmas dinner party, and it was a huge hit.

I used a french bread, because it is not only beautiful to look at but it can also vary with endless ideas on topping the bread. For this time that I used french bread, I paired it with a hint of garlic, some extra virgin olive oil, and just a tab of salty butter. I brushed the top of the bread which created a moist and smooth inside, yet thanks to the lovely creation of an oven; i was able to lightly toast the French bread giving the outside and crust more of a crunch and textured taste.
one loaf of fresh french bread
one clove of garlic
about half a cup to one cup extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons softened salted butter
Finley chop up the garlic and then add it into a small bowl. Pour in oil and add butter. With back of spoon kind of "smush" the butter around mixing it into mixture. Then, mix mixture together and with pastry brush lightly brush tops of one inch thick sliced french bread. With oven preheated to 300 degrees fahrenheit, put bread with mixture side up on cookie sheet and set inside oven. Cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until crust is browned and bread is warm and baked to desired consistency. Serve and enjoy this extremely easy side dish!!

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