Bread is the perfect addition to so many meals. A roast with gravy, spaghetti with tomato sauce, soups or stews all taste better when there is sliced Italian or even French bread on the side. Sliced bread is great but can be a little plain if eaten fresh from the loaf or with a little butter added. Sometimes we look for a little more flavor to put a tingle on the tongue. This grouping of ingredients is just the trick to turn a simple loaf into tasty bread that is crisp with Italian style garlic and basil flair.
- 1 loaf of Italian bread
- 2 large cloves of garlic
- 1 cup of fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
- ¼ cup of walnuts
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1/3 cup of grated cheese
- Preheat oven to 400’.
- Add the garlic, parsley, basil, grated cheese, walnuts and salt into the food processor and chop until all is finely minced. Turn processor off.
- Turn the machine back on and gradually add the oil until the mixture becomes smooth. Turn processor off.
- Cut the Italian bread loaf in half lengthwise and spread the garlic and basil spread evenly over the inside of the bread.
- Wrap each half individually with aluminum foil loosely.
- Bake in oven for 15 – 20 minutes.
- The open the aluminum foil wrapping over the tops of the bread halves and bake for 3 – 5 minutes longer so the tops get crisp.
- Remove bread from oven and using a sharp bread knife slice diagonally 2 inch thick slices and place them in a bread basket, platter or bowl.
- Serve while bread is still warm.
- This garlic basil crispy Italian bread is great to serve with lunch when you prepare soup and a salad.
- A terrific side addition to any pasta meal to soak up any excess sauce left in the pasta bowl.
- Serve with a beef stew, bean soup or French onion soup to make this light meal more filling.
- French bread can also be used if Italian bread is not available.
- Almonds, pine nuts or pecans can also be used in place of walnuts.
- During summer months or grilling days prepare this bread the same but instead of baking the bread place it on the grill over the heat for the same time. To crisp the top place the herbed top directly on the grill for 1 -3 minutes and remove immediately.
- Use this recipe with older bread too and make delicious tasting croutons. Just dice the bread into cubes and gently fold into the minced garlic mixture to lightly coat. Then bake in the oven at 400’ for about 10 minutes or until crisp. You salads will thank you for it.
Italian bread and French bread can be found in Winona, MS is at the SuperValu as well as the Wal-mart in Granada.
Copyright 2011 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved
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