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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Garlic Toast

Once you try this recipe, you will never buy that garlic bread that comes in the foil bag at the store again. This is the real deal and it is to die for. While you can make this with just about any type of bread, my favorite is the Sweet Loaves bread that I posted yesterday... somehow it is just the right match. Second choice would be any type of French or Italian bread.

Garlic Toast

2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp dried parsley
2 TBS room temperature butter
pieces of bread, sliced

This is kind of an "eyeball" recipe. The amounts will vary depending on how much bread you want to toast. You can use whatever amount of garlic you think is appropriate. I like my bread pretty garlicky, so I use about a 1:6 ratio of garlic to butter, but you can use less or more as you see fit.

Peel and mince the garlic. Sprinkle kosher salt over the garlic and, using the flat of your chef knife, smear the garlic and salt together until a paste forms. Add garlic paste to butter and add the parsley. Stir thoroughly. Spread garlic butter onto the bread. Place bread pieces onto a flat sheet and bake at 425 degrees F until the bread is nicely toasted and browned. If you want to add a little more "toastiness" to it, turn the broiler on for the last few moments.

You can skip the baking part and just use the broiler, but I find that often only the top gets toasted when I try it that way. When you bake at a high temperature, it gets toasty all around.

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