We probably eat pasta once a week or at least a couple times a month. It’s quick and easy and time is one thing we are always running short on. I love making garlic bread to go with pasta, and it wasn’t until recently that I thought to add some seasoning to it. Why wasn’t I doing this before?!? It seriously adds so much to the bread, and it makes it soooo yummy! It only takes a few minutes and it’s well worth it. So far I have only used dry spices to make it, but I think once my herb plants start growing in the next few weeks, I will try using fresh herbs. I can’t wait!
Slice up your fresh bread and lay it out on a baking sheet. Semi-melt your butter, and then add 3-4 tsp minced garlic, some oregano, thyme, basil leaves, salt and pepper to the butter. Then mash that together with a fork. Using a brush or knife, smear the butter mixture over the each slice. Then cook a few minutes under the broiler. Super easy!
- 1 loaf Italian bread (or other crusty bread)
- 4 TBS butter
- 3-4 tsp minced garlic (I like the pre-chopped kind)
- 1/2 tsp oregano, dried
- 1/2 tsp basil leaves, dried
- 1/2 tsp thyme, dried
- dash of salt and pepper
- 1. Preheat broiler to high. Slice bread into slices and arrange on a lined baking sheet.
- 2. Cut butter into 1 TBS wedges and put into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at increments of 15 seconds, for about 45 seconds. You want the butter extra soft, but not melted (it's okay if some melts a little but think pudding consistency). Add the garlic and seasonings to bowl with butter and use a fork to mash/mix well.
- 3. Using a pastry brush or a knife, spread a generous amount of herb butter onto the top of each slice of bread. Don't be stingy with the butter!
- 4. Place in broiler and cook until lightly browned on the edges, about 3-4 minutes. Watch closely as it can burn very quickly under the broiler.
- 5. Remove and serve!
- **You can definitely try using fresh herbs in this recipe. You can also add more herbs if you'd like. I don't typically measure them out and just sprinkle a bunch into my bowl.
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