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Garlic Bread

Posted Sep 13 2008 11:45pm

Garlic bread typically consists of bread topped with garlic and butter or sometimes olive oil (or both). It is often used as a simple accompaniment to pasta and other Italian dishes. It is then either grilled or broiled until toasted.

It is often made using a bread such as a baguette or Italian bread: Bread is sliced towards the bottom, but kept in one piece. Afterwards, melted butter and garlic (or garlic powder) is spread between the slices. The bread is then baked in an oven. Alternatively, the bread can be cut into individual slices and covered with the butter individually.

A modern variation on the recipe tops the garlic bread with a variety of cheeses, often mozzarella, cheddar or feta. A light layer of freshly-grated Parmesan on top of the mozzarella adds an extra boost of flavour. Mexican-style variations often include topping the garlic bread with cheese, salsa and chili peppers.


1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan (about 3 oz.)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
Sliced French bread butter
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp. dried, crumbled

Mix mayonnaise, garlic and Parmesan together. Butter 1 side of each slice of bread. Broil until light brown. Spread mayonnaise mixture on slices and broil until puffed and light brown. Sprinkle with basil. Serve with pasta, pizza and fried chicken.
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