I have always made tasteless, mushy garlic bread my entire life. My mother makes very good garlic bread and she’s tried to offer me advice. You need more garlic, more butter! Hon, you’re overthinking it.
But all her encouragement has been of no use. It is time to move on for the sake of my own children, for my husband. I just can no longer serve up a pallid version of my Ma’s garlic bread!
I’m afraid I’ve had to go outside the family for this one. (Cue the soundtrack to The Godfather)
Hello Food Network Star and Cookbook author, Rachel Ray! Her quick little recipe has filled a hole in my knowledge of basic cooking skills. It goes in the binder — it’s a keeper. And it’s so easy!
Move the top rack in your oven down away from the broiler a good six inches. Preheat the broiler.
Into a small microwave – safe bowl (I used a glass Pyrex measuring cup) place:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (use the good stuff)
and four cloves of garlic, crushed.
Microwave for a minute. If you like garlic, you’re going to love how good your kitchen is about to smell. Now grab that crusty baguette, slice it lengthwise and open it up. Place it on a pan and under the broiler. Don’t go anywhere! Please stay close and watch the bread toast to a golden brown. I know from experience how quickly bread can go from a beautiful, amber-color to a blackened, smoky, call-the-fire department mess. A Mommy, what smells like toasted marshmallows in here? total flop.
Take the bread out from under the broiler and slather on the butter, olive oil, garlic mixture. Sprinkle on a little salt and Voila!
Tear it into pieces.
4.5 members of my family actually give this recipe a thumbs up. (4.5 because my six-year-old only licked her piece.) That’s pretty good. The original recipe offers the addition of freshly grated parmesan or Romano cheese after brushing on the butter, oil, garlic mix then returning it to the broiler for another 30 seconds.
Rachel also recommends adding some chopped fresh parsley just before serving. That is not going to fly with this family. No cheese and absolutely no green stuff! Oh and I had to be very careful to not let one piece of garlic accidentally show up on the bread. It can be done. With the precision of a mother’s eye, it.can.be.done.
One other thought: your microwave will smell like warm, buttery garlic for at least two days. If like me, you sense that this will cause an uprising in your house feel free to instead place the butter, olive oil and garlic in a saucepan on top of the stove and warm gently for about three minutes.