It’s dumping snow here today, and we have a cold (again), which makes it the perfect day to catch up on laundry, attempt to make the house cozy, and to watch Cinderella and play in the dollhouse. That’s exactly what the girls and I spent the morning doing. Right now, Gigi is outside playing with her best buddy in the snow, so it’s just me and Lulu. I’m taking advantage of the fact that she’s currently eating yogurt (read: smearing yogurt all over her highchair) to fix an error on my site.
The other day, my best friend pointed out that my recipe for garlic bread wasn’t up on the site. I insisted that she must be mistaken! I make this garlic bread every week! I’m kind of famous for it, or notorious if you are counting calories. But, after a quick search I discovered that she was right! Naturally, I set out right away to correct this error.
This garlic bread is garlicky, creamy, salty, and flavorful. It goes with everything: soups, salads, pastas, tapas-style snacks, chicken, beef stew… everything! Which is why I make it so often. That, and it’s incredibly easy to make. Not to mention it’s the base of one of our very favorite meals! I like to make this with a baguette that is a little chewy, and doesn’t have too thick of a crust, but even a mediocre store bought baguette will work fine.
Once this garlic bread makes it’s appearance on your table, it will quickly become a comfort food favorite. Feel free to adjust the ingredients to customize it to your tastes. We like a lot of garlic!
2 large garlic cloves, finely minced (or 1 minced, 1 very thinly sliced for mellower flavor)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced (1 teaspoon dried parsley will work too)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Turn on the broiler. Add the garlic to the hot, melted butter and stir. Add in the Parmesan, parsley, and mayonnaise. Slice your baguette down the middle (like in the photos) or thin round slices. Place the bread on a cookie sheet. Evenly distribute the garlic spread onto the exposed surface of the bread. Sprinkle with a little bit of paprika. Put the cookie sheet in the oven on the middle rack and broil until it’s bubbly, fragrant, and golden, about 5-7 minutes. Slice it up into pieces if needed and enjoy!