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One of my favorite sides to compliment a pasta dish is garlic bread. Pasta + Garlic Bread = Perfection. Its as simple as that. I found a recipe in my copy of Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten for a simple and delicious garlic bread. It kicks supermarket freezer garlic bread’s ass. And its super easy.
I followed the recipe almost exactly, the only step I changed was after removing the tin foil from the garlic bread, I picked up each half and laid it garlicky side up on the sheet pan so it would brown more. I like mine a bit more crispy.
- 6 large cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup good olive oil
- 1 large ciabatta bread
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 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 in a medium saute pan over low heat. Add the garlic and herb mixture and cook for 3 minutes, until the garlic is tender but now browned. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Cut the ciabatta in half horizontally, running a serrated knife parallel to the board. Spoon the garlic mixture onto the bottom half and spread the butter on the top half and place together.
- Wrap the bread in aluminum foil and place on a sheet pan. Bake for 5 minutes, then unwrap and discard the foil. Bake for another 5 minutes. Slice crosswise and serve warm.