Toasty is Tasty

February 8, 2011

Hello people, its Crazy Cooking Joe and once again I are here to tell you people about the wonders of the Woodlawn kitchen. This week we made Italian food and boy oh boy do I love Italian food, especially pasta, but I’m not going to talk about the pasta. I’m going to talk about the garlic bread, because while pasta may be good and all, but my all-time favorite spice is garlic and nothing has more garlic than garlic bread. But I must say this is so far my all-time week for cooking class, because this was the first week that we cooked a full meal and I know it’s kind of cheesy, but in my opinion there’s a certain togetherness that is created between people when they cook together. And cooking the Italian food reminded me of togetherness and family and how around certain times of the year the scattered parts of my family would all meet at my grandmothers and we would laugh, eat, and simply enjoy each other’s company. But, the part that resonated with me the most from these family meet ups was the food and how I would be in the kitchen watching my grandmothers every move, smelling all the seasoning, and tasting all the food before anyone else. But, hey I’m getting of track; let’s get back to the here and the now and the now is garlic bread; delicious toasty, garlicky, garlic bread. And yes I know that last sentence was redundant, but redundancy just seems to taste so good and you’ll know what I mean when you taste this garlic bread.

The Recipe: Toasty Garlic Bread

You’ll need one sixteen ounce Italian bread or if you prefer French bread, a half a cup of unsalted butter (a.k.a. one stick), two cloves of garlic smashed or mince its purely preference, 1 heaping tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley, a fourth of a cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (this last bit is again purely preference), obviously measuring instruments, a knife to cut the bread, a baking pan, hot pads, and an oven. As a general note I fell I must add that this recipe is quite easy and takes approximately fifteen to twenty minutes.

1.      What you are going to want to do is take your bread and cut it horizontally and preheat the oven to three hundred and fifty degrees

2.      To make the butter all you need to do is take the butter at room temperature and mix it in a bowl with the garlic and the parsley. *Side notes you can use whatever kind of garlic you are comfortable using whether it is fresh or pre-chopped. Now make sure that you mix the butter thoroughly so that the garlic and the parsley will spread evenly over the bread.

It's Me, Chopping Parsley

3.      Now all you have to do is take a spoon or a knife and spread the garlic butter over the bread and make sure you remember wherever there isn’t butter there isn’t garlic and the more garlic the better it will be. *Another side note, while I didn’t have trouble with the butter to bread ratio I can see how some people might, so if you don’t feel like there is enough its ok to make some more butter just remember to cut the amounts evenly; you’re supposed to eat what you want to eat.

Spreading the Garlic Bread

4.      Now all you have to do is place the butter covered bread on a baking pan and place it in the three hundred and fifty degree oven for ten minutes. Then using hot pads take the pan out of the oven and sprinkle your parmesan cheese over the bread evenly and again using the hot pads place your baking sheet back in the oven on the highest oven rack. But, pay close attention, because this is where it gets tricky; what you are doing by placing the bread back in the oven is called broiling and it is here that it become easy to burn. But have no fear, because all you need to do is crack the oven slightly and watch the bread for two to three minutes/until the edges of the bread start to look toasty and the cheese starts to bubble.

5.      After the aforementioned requirements have been met all you need to do is remove the bread from the oven, let cool for a minute or so, slice into approximately one inch slices, and enjoy.

The Final Product

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