Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Garlic Bread

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 (15 by 3 1/2-inch) loaf Italian bread


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mince and mash garlic to a paste with salt using rounded end of a heavy knife. Stir together butter, oil, and garlic paste in a bowl until smooth, then stir in parsley.
  3. Without cutting completely through bottom, cut bread diagonally into 1-inch thick slices with a serrated knife, then spread garlic butter between slices,
  4. Wrap loaf in foil and bake in middle of oven 15 minutes. Open foil and bake 5 minutes more.
  5. Cook's note: Bread can be spread with garlic butter 8 hours ahead and chilled, wrapped in foil. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.
  6. For a brighter flavor, you can substitute 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil for 1 tablespoon of parsley.