Garlic Bread

garlic bread

Garlic bread.  Mmmmmm.  It’s always a special occasion when there’s garlic bread!  This garlic bread reminds me of this old restaurant in Urbana, Dom’s.  It was hands-down the BEST Italian restaurant: family-owned, intimate, unbelievable food, and garlic bread to DIE FOR.  Unfortunately they are out of business now 😦 But that place will always stay very near and dear to me.  When I finished this batch of garlic bread, I couldn’t believe how similar the tastes were!  Funny how just the taste of food can remind you of the best parts of your childhood.

The tough part about this recipe is preparing and mashing the garlic.  Whew, it’s quite a feat!  Just be patient with mashing the garlic pieces, and all will be fine.  When baking the garlic bread, edge on too little time (maybe 5-7 minutes)/check on the bread every so often until golden brown.  As you can see in the picture, mine turned out a little too well-done!  Still plenty delicious though, trust me 🙂

YIELD: 10-12 slices

TIME: 1 hour

10 cloves garlic with skins left on
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp parsley
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 loaf Italian bread, sliced into 10-12 pieces

Preheat oven to 500º F.  In a small ungreased skillet over medium heat, toast the skin on garlic until blotched and browned in spots, about 15 minutes.  When cool enough to handle, skin and mince the garlic.  Using a dinner fork, mash together the toasted and raw garlic with the butter, olive oil, cheese, herbs, and salt in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined.

Evenly spread the garlic butter mixture on the cut sides of the each bread half.  Transfer loaf halves, buttered side up, to a baking sheet. Bake, reversing position of baking sheet halfway through baking time, until the surface of the bread is golden brown and toasted, about 8-10 minutes. Cut each half into 2-inch slices.  Serve warm.
Hope y’all enjoy!
xoxo, Sara

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