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Old 12-01-2006, 06:24 PM   #1
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I am planning to make Lasagna tomorrow night, and I want some garlic bread to go with it. I would like to be able to buy the bread and then baste it with some kind of garlic mix or something. What should I use to make the mix? And how should I go about cooking it?

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Old 12-01-2006, 06:31 PM   #2
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I am planning to make Lasagna tomorrow night, and I want some garlic bread to go with it. I would like to be able to buy the bread and then baste it with some kind of garlic mix or something. What should I use to make the mix? And how should I go about cooking it?
zoe,
when I make garlic bread for my family, I use french bread, sliced down the center the long way. I brush on a mixture of melted butter and crushed garlic cloves ( about 4 cloves), after brushing on the bread I sprinkle with parmeasn cheese and put uner the broiler to brown. Keep a close eye as the closer to the broiler unit the faster it browns..
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Old 12-01-2006, 06:52 PM   #3
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I use evoo and rub a clove of garlic on the bread after it's been toasted.
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Old 12-01-2006, 06:54 PM   #4
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I am planning to make Lasagna tomorrow night, and I want some garlic bread to go with it. I would like to be able to buy the bread and then baste it with some kind of garlic mix or something. What should I use to make the mix? And how should I go about cooking it?
I take a loaf of French bread and slice in half, then in half again.

For the garlic butter mix:

225 gms /1/2 lb butter, unsalted
10 - 12 cloves of garlic. Peeled and minced ( blitz them in the processor if you like)
1 handful of parsley (scientific description! Use as much as you like!!), finely chopped.
1 tsp sea salt

Blend together the above ingredients until a smooth paste is formed. You can use this straight away, or roll it up in greaseproof paper and freeze. It lasts for ages.

Heat your oven to "Grill" on high, and leave it for 20 minutes.
Slather the French bread with the butter mixture, and grill until barely browned.
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Old 12-01-2006, 06:55 PM   #5
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Kim fixes our garlic bread, Kadesma, and he does it the same way as you do. That makes nice crispy bread.

Another method I like is to slice the loaf vertically, not quite all the way through, put pats of butter and a sprinkling of garlic in between the slices, wrap with foil and bake. This method gives you a nice soft, garlicy bread that really mops up the sauce.

We often use a large hoagie bun instead of a French loaf, as one of those is enough for the two of us. I buy them in packages of 4 and keep them in the freezer, so they're always on hand.

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Old 12-02-2006, 02:46 AM   #6
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I do a mix of crushed garlic, chopped parsley, EVOO and salt and spread over slices of bread and then grill them in the ovenette.
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Old 12-02-2006, 06:38 AM   #7
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zoe,

i do mine pretty much the same as kadesma. i like middie's bruschetta technique too.

but if you're not into or are afraid of using raw garlic and fresh parsley, try splitting an italian (semolina if you can get it) or french loaf, toast under the broiler, spread generously with butter, sprinkle with powdered garlic (not garlic salt), dried parsley flakes, and salt and pepper. wrap in foil to allow the flavors to unite.

also, i like to add a hint of dried oregano. if you want to get fancy, after making the garlic bread, top with mozzarella cheese, broil to melt the cheese, and serve with ramekins of tomato sauce for dipping.
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Old 12-02-2006, 08:24 AM   #8
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My garlic butter mix is soft butter, some evoo, salt, pepper, creamed fresh garlic, a little pesto. I cut up the bread and spread the garlic butter mix like Daisy. Wrapped tightly in foil, this can keep in the freezer indefinitely. 1-2 hours before use, take out of freezer and thaw to room temp. Place in 350F oven for 15 min. Open foil and let crisp in oven 5 more minutes. Serve immediately in bread basket covered with cloth. Each slice turns out crisp outside and soft and moist in the middle.
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Old 12-02-2006, 08:35 AM   #9
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I do almost exactly as cliveb does, except I include some finely grated parmesean in the compound butter as well, and usually just throw it in a hot oven. I'd probably grill it if I had one right next to me though!

This is definetly a recipe I only make when I have people coming over, as I can easily eat an entire loaf hanging around the house along with a warm bowl of marinara sauce.

Another "plus" option is baking the garlic bread until it's golden/crispy on top, and then sprinkle some mozzarella on it and put it rihght under the broiler to melt and blister.

Now I'm craving garlic bread...
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Old 12-08-2006, 03:44 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for all the help!
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