There are few things I love to eat more than garlic bread. Or really, bread in general. When we go out to eat, I have to be very careful to not eat all the bread at Italian restaurants so I can save room for the main course.
I love this version of garlic bread. It crisps up nicely under the broiler, and all that cheese/garlic/butter spread just soaks right in.
You do have to roast the garlic first in this recipe, which is time consuming, but well worth it! If you're using larger cloves, you should add on another 15 minutes or so, until they're fully softened.
This went nicely with the spaghetti sauce I made--while the sauce was simmering, I roasted the garlic, mixed the rest of the ingredients, and then popped it in the oven while the noodles were finishing up!
Roasted Garlic Bread
PREP TIME 15 Min COOK TIME 5 Min READY IN 20 Min
INGREDIENTS 3 bulbs garlic 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 (1 pound) loaf Italian bread 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional) 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional) (surely a joke by the original poster--is cheese ever OPTIONAL?)
DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slice the tops off of the garlic bulbs so that the tip of each clove is exposed. Place the bulbs on a baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes, or until garlic is soft.
2. Set the oven to broil. Slice the loaf of bread in half horizontally, and place cut side up on a baking sheet.
3. Squeeze the cloves of garlic from their skins into a medium bowl. Stir in the butter, parsley, and Parmesan cheese until well blended. Spread onto the cut sides of the bread. Broil for about 3-5 minutes, watching carefully, until toasted.
By lazy I mean BUSY. I work long hours so cooking during the week is not an option. Luckily, my husband is completely cool with this and sustains himself on yogurt, protein shakes, and peanut butter sandwiches during the week. I love to cook on weekends. Most dishes are simple, but I LOVE trying new recipes!