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How to make homemade garlic bread



Is there a better way to begin a nice pasta or spaghetti sauce dinner than to serve your guests with some nice homemade garlic bread... You can make your homemade garlic bread as your guests arrive and the evening starts to unfold as this might be the last logical thing to prepare, way after the spaghetti sauce. Garlic bread tastes so much better when freshly made! Put some nice music on, start entertaining your guests with your interesting stories while you are cutting up the garlic and butter... this will set the relaxed tempo atmosphere and while they wait a bit, enhance their experience of this whole evening...

Recipe for the perfect homemade garlic bread

Garlic Bread

Ingredients:

* 1 fresh loaf of italian bread; or use as many as you need
(use french baguette if unavailable)- I like Ciabatta bread for this
* 1 fresh bunch of Parsley... it has to be fresh parsley leaves!
* enough garlic cloves (3-4)
* Regular salted Butter - one stick and half (12 tablespoons) or more
* Fresh Basil,
* Oregano and
* 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder.

Preparation:

First Step
This is the only thing that needs to be planned ahead with garlic bread: the butter needs to be soft, but not melted. Put your butter in a bowl and allow it to heat up to room temperature for 3-4 hours;

Second Step
When the butter is nice and soft at room temperature, we move on to preparing the garilc. Cut your 3-4 garlic cloves; press in the butter one large clove with a garlic press and chop the other ones as finely as you can. Mix the garlic and the butter.

Third Step
Chop your fresh parsley as finely as possible with a sharp knife, until you have about 1/3 of a cup. Mix the parsley with the garlic and butter we did in step two.

Fourth Step
Sprinkle the 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder over the butter mixture and mix. Chop the basil leaves if you have fresh basil. Mix in about two teaspoons of chopped basil and one teaspoon oregano. Mix all ingredients well. Reserve about one third of this mixture in another separate bowl.

Fifth Step
Preheat the oven to 300 ˚F. Slice the bread loafs in two lenghtwise, then spread evenly the butter and garlic mix onto each half loaf of bread. Spread evenly over the bread and spread some more on the crust edges too.

Sixth Step: to the oven!
Now take the two buttered-up halves of your Italian Bread and place them directly on your oven rack (the oven should be preheated by now) and bake (do not broil yet) for 9 minutes.

Seventh Step:
After the 9 minutes in the oven, take out the bread halves from the oven, allow them to cool down for about 3 mins., or just long enough to allow you to be able to grab them with your hands. Pull out your favorite teethed bread cutting knife and cut up your bread into slices about 1 and 1/2" thick. Now with the other garlic butter mixture we reserved earlier in the other bowl spread some on both sides of each slice of your garlic bread.

Now arrange the bread slices over an oven-going cookie sheet. Send the cookie sheet back to the oven, and bake for 3 more minutes, still at 300 ˚F.

The last but not least Step
Now pull them out of the oven, switch your oven setting to broil mode. Allow the top broil element some time to get red hot, now put your cookie sheet and the garlic bread slices back in the oven; broil them for between 2 to 5 minutes. Now be careful with this operation; do not allow yourself to be distracted from the job at hand; one minute too many and these delicious garlic bread pieces will burn! Wait until you see the butter over the bread start to bubble and you are aiming for is a nice even light brown color; close to lightly toasted bread. Again, please be careful and it is better to pull the bread earlier than too late.

Et voilà! Now arrange the garlic bread pieces nicely on a large service plate or bread basket and serve to your happy crowd, slightly before the spaghetti sauce main course...


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