Garlic Bread

Obvious accompaniment to Italian fare, easy to make, always appreciated. This recipe isn’t for the nasty stuff take-out pizza places offer.


Serves 6


1 loaf French bread (so-called), fresh-baked
6-12 cloves fresh garlic
¼ lb fresh cream butter (unsalted), room temperature
½ cup parsley, finely chopped
pinch salt and fresh-ground pepper


1. Depaper garlic and boil for 5 minutes to soften. This takes the edge off the harsh garlic flavor some do not like. Remove and cool slightly, then chop finely or mince. Chop parsley.

2. Incorporate garlic into butter using a rubber spatula, then season. Incorporate parsley.

3. Slice loaf into top and bottom halves horizontally. Spread butter and garlic paste evenly across the crumb of both halves. Close and put into 350° oven for 15-20 minutes.

4. Alternatively, broil both halves open-faced very carefully (watch they don’t burn which they will do quickly).