Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Garlic French/Italian/Ciabatta Bread

This recipe can be used with any of these breads: French, Italian, Ciabatta even rustic bread. It's especially delicious with pasta dishes, or grilled meats.


6 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup fresh parsley
2 Tbsp. fresh oregano leaves
1 tspn. Kosher salt
1/2 tspn. freshly ground balck pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 large bread loaf (of your preference)


Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Place the garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until finely minced.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a medium sauté pan over low heat. Add the garlic and herb mixture and cook for 3 minutes, until de garlic is tender but not browned. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Cut the bread in half horizontally, running a serrated knife parallel to the board. Spoon the mixture over the bread. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil and place on a sheet pan.

Bake the bread for 5 minutes, the unwrap and discard the foil. Bake for another 5 minutes. Slice crosswise and serve warm.

Source: Back to Basics --Ina Garten

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