The World’s Best Garlic Bread

World's Best Garlic Bread
If you’ve been reading my blog over this past year, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t publish many recipes without making quite a few changes to them. If the recipes are not my own creation, I will endlessly tinker with originals that I’ve found via Pinterest, food blogs I follow, and favorite websites like Martha Stewart and Ina Garten. Even America’s Test Kitchen, which I believe to be the best authority on food science and cooking, sometimes falls victim to my habit of kitchen experimentation.

This garlic bread is one stand-out instance where the original is truly perfect as is. It’s a throwback recipe… it is Throwback Thursday after all. Once I discovered it {years ago}, I’ve not bought a frozen loaf of garlic bread since. It’s so simple and worth seeking out a really good loaf of bread to make it the star side dish of your dinner. Make it to go along with any one of these recipes for a delectable fall meal…

Crockpot Bolognese Sauce Crockpot Bolognese Sauce Tortellini Soup Simple Tortellini Soup White Lasagna with Roasted Brussels Sprouts White Lasagna with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and CauliflowerI love hearing from you! What types of recipes and foods would you like me to make more of as I enter into my second year of blogging? I’m having so much fun on the blog… it’s really flamed my passion for all things cooking and baking. It’s allowed me to improve upon my years of experience as a home cook and taken me into new territories, like baking homemade breads, which I’d always been intimidated to try before. In fact, my recipe for pita bread has been one of my most “pinned” posts, which makes me happy because my kids love it. Homemade Pita BreadAnd if you’ve also noticed, I’m always cooking with my kids in mind. They are still “pickier” than their father and I, but it’s a process, and the more they see me cook, the more they are inclined to try new things. Just a few years ago, I’d never have dreamed they’d try these enchiladas with sweet potatoes, black beans and kale. Not only did they try them, but they also asked for seconds.  Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Kale EnchiladasTaco pizza is another current favorite of theirs. Maybe not quite as healthy as the enchiladas, but much more so than buying one from a pizza joint. Taco PizzaTo find more of my recipes, always remember to click on the Recipe Index tab in the upper-right-hand corner of the blog. Here, I’ve categorized and linked to all my past recipe posts. Thanks so much for reading and making this past year really, really enjoyable for me. Happy cooking!

The World's Best Garlic Bread
Yields 10
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  1. 9-10 medium garlic cloves, skins left on
  2. 6 T. unsalted butter, softened
  3. 2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
  4. 1/2 t. salt
  5. black pepper
  6. 1 loaf artisan bread, about 1-pound (I use Panera Bread’s Country Loaf), halved lengthwise
  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-third position and heat to 500 degrees.
  2. Toast garlic cloves in a small skillet over medium heat, shaking pan occasionally, until fragrant and color of cloves deepens, about 8 minutes. To see what garlic cloves will look like when finished toasting, visit my recipe for Mexican Pasta Salad with Toasted Garlic and Avocado Greek Yogurt Dressing {found under the Salads category of the Recipe Index}.
  3. When garlic cloves are cool enough to handle, skin and mince or press cloves through a garlic press. Using a dinner fork, mash garlic, softened butter, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pinch of pepper in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  4. Spread cut sides of loaf evenly with garlic butter. Transfer loaf halves, buttered side up, onto a baking sheet. Bake at 500 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until top is golden brown. Cut each half into 2-inch slices and serve immediately.
  5. Prepared bread can also be loosely wrapped in foil and kept in warm oven to keep fresh while dinner is being finished and served.
Adapted from Cook's Illustrated
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