Sourdough Garlic Bread

After you have had garlic bread made like this, you will never want it any other way!  And its a special treat to get the bottom crust, all soaked with butter and olive oil and garlic.  Heaven on a plate!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6-8 people

Ingredients

  • 1 round sourdough bread
  • 1//4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Using a serrated knife, cut sourdough bread in a cross hatch pattern, per the picture above.  Slice the entire loaf in 1.5″ slices, but do not slice completely through the bread, leaving about an inch from the bottom uncut.  Rotate the loaf 90 degrees, and cut the loaf again in 1.5″ slices, making fingers of bread in the loaf.  Holding the loaf together, wrap it in foil and set aside.
  3. Put olive oil and butter in a measuring cup and microwave for 30-60 seconds, then stir to melt butter completely.  Mix in chopped parsley, garlic, and salt and pepper.
  4. Using a pastry (or basting) brush, separate the sections and saturate all sides of the bread fingers with the butter mixture.  Any leftovers can be poured over the top.  Rewrap in the foil.
  5. Put the foil-wrapped loaf on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until warmed through and the crust is crispy.
  6. Transfer the foil-wrapped loaf to a serving platter, open the foil, and start tearing the bread apart. Have lots of extra napkins on hand, because it’s messy but delicious.  Enjoy!

Tips

  • You can use any dense-textured, round loaf you want for this, like focaccia, a boule, or a country loaf, but I like the taste the sourdough adds to the garlic butter.
  • I am lactose intolerant so I don’t do this, but if I weren’t I would totally add Parmesan cheese to the mix for added deliciousness.  Red pepper flake would also be a great addition if all your diners can handle the pop of heat.
  • You can easily make this vegan by replacing the butter with additional olive oil.

If you give this recipe a try please share your results and post a picture in the comments section.  And let us know if you made it as-is, or if you made any modifications to suit your family’s needs and tastes.

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