Often thought of as an indoor dish, garlic bread makes a wonderful accompaniment to a variety of dishes; and even on its own, garlic bread has a way of disappearing quickly!
This garlic bread recipe takes garlic bread out of the kitchen and into the back yard where it is sure to be a welcome addition to any cookout.
Garlic bread goes beautifully with not only Italian food such as pasta or pizza, but with all kinds of meals. The aroma of this wonderful snack cooking is sure to make everyone’s mouth water with anticipation. You can buy frozen garlic bread from the store but you really should not compare that with the kind of garlic bread you can make yourself at home because they are worlds apart, the quality of homemade garlic bread being far superior. Anyone can make this wonderful snack too, and all you need is bread, butter, garlic, parsley and black pepper, just those 5 ingredients.
Blend your butter with the garlic first of all to make the lovely mixture you are going to spread over the bread. If you are using unsalted butter then add a pinch of salt to it. If you are using salted butter you will not need to do this. Use margarine if you want to save calories but butter tastes far better so most people would prefer to use that. A pinch of black pepper is also nice sprinkled on the garlic bread before you barbeque it but feel free to leave that off if you do not want to use it.
When the butter has melted and soaked into the bread it is time to flip it over and do the other side. The grill should not be too hot. If it is then you can have the garlic bread over an indirect heat rather than directly over the flames because it will still toast very fast. Now it is time to add some finely chopped parsley, and that is just as much for presentation as for flavor, although the garlic bread you get in restaurants nearly always has parsley on, so to recreate the authentic flavor go ahead and add some. If you cannot get flat-leaf parsley use another kind. If all else fails, then just use a pinch of dried parsley. It will look the same and the flavor will be very similar.
Garlic bread smells wonderful while it is cooking and I am sure you can bring to mind that exact aroma right now. Imagine this crunchy treat being served with your favorite meat, such as chicken or fish, or else it is always good with Italian fare. Garlic bread is yet another side dish you can cook on the barbeque alongside the main dish, and everyone will be sure to want some. Keep an eye on it while it cooks because bread can go from untoasted to black in a matter of seconds, so as well as keeping it away from the hottest part of the barbeque you should watch it all the time.
- 1 loaf Italian bread, sliced lengthwise
- 6 cloves roasted or crushed (for a stronger flavor) garlic
- 1 stick butter, softened
- Black pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
- Blend the softened butter and garlic; use roasted garlic if you’d like a mellower garlic bread or simply crush the garlic with a garlic press if you’d like a little more of an assertive garlic taste.
- Brush each half of the bread with the garlic butter, sprinkle with black pepper and grill butter side up for 1-2 minutes; once the butter has melted into the bread, turn over and grill butter side down for an additional 1-2 minutes, then turn over, top then with the chopped parsley and grill for another 30 seconds or so.
- Cut each half of the loaf into halves serve while hot and watch it disappear!
- Garlic bread is far too good to be left indoors in the summer!
Hot, garlicky and buttery, can anything really beat freshly made, grilled garlic bread? Fresh from the barbeque, it lends a nice touch to any meal and your guests or family will love this recipe and its homemade charm. Most people forget about the garlic bread when the weather turns warm but it goes equally well with a grilled steak as with a course of grilled vegetables, making it one of the most versatile side dishes you can make. In as little as 10 minutes you can transform Italian bread, butter and garlic into this hot, crispy delicacy, and have it all ready to serve.
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