Dressing up a regular loaf of fresh bread makes it that much more irresistible. I adapted this recipe from the Barefoot Contessa and it’s unbelievably tasty and full of vibrant, fresh flavors. Just don’t make it for a new beau, cause that garlic sure packs a punch.
- 1 large loaf ciabatta bread
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh oregano, chopped
- 2 tbsp pesto (you could also use plain fresh basil, chopped)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
HOW TO MAKE IT
- Place the garlic in the bowl of a food processor and process until minced. Add the parsley, oregano, basil and salt and pepper and pulse until the herbs are finely chopped.
- Heat the olive oil in a small saute pan and add the garlic mixture – saute until the garlic is fragrant – you don’t want to overcook it, you’re just getting rid of the raw garlic flavor.
- Slice the bread in half horizontally and spread 1 tbsp of butter on each half of bread
- Spread the garlic mixture evenly on each half of bread (depending on the size of your loaf, you might not need all of the mixture – reserve the extra for another day)
- Put the halves back together, wrap in aluminum foil and bake at 350°F for 5 minutes
- After 5 minutes, open the foil up and open the bread so the inside can get a little toasty – bake for an additional 5 minutes