Saturday, July 31, 2010

Fun With a Baguette: Garlic Bread

I hope to make this a weekly (or so) feature, or as long as baguettes remain .89cents on the weekends at the corner gourmet market.

Baguettes are so versatile and fun to use in cooking, as a last minute starch side dish I use them a lot, and will share ideas you can use too.

The first is just a super simple garlic bread, so simple it only uses 3 ingredients.

Butter - softened
Garden Salad Seasoning from Penzeys Spices***

****Penzeys spices is an online retailer of spices, they have all the traditional spices you find at the grocery stores, plus many proprietary spice blends like Garden Salad Seasoning, used above. They do have limited storefront retailers, and are well worth seeking out, I personally have replaced pretty much ALL my usual spices with theirs, and have quite a collection of their unique spice blends, in fact I am a little bit obsessed with quite a few of their spices.

Garden Salad is a blend of Romano cheese, salt, sesame and poppy seeds, garlic, onion, salt and white pepper.

If you don't have Penzeys, you can substitute, garlic in any form, powder, grated, jarred.

Other things you can add to your garlic bread:
  • Cheese, really lots of cheeses work well, Parmesan, mozzarella, Romano, I have even used cheddar. Works better if it is a graded or shredded variety.
  • Onions, chives, basil, parsley, fresh or dried, sprinkle to taste
  • Salt, again to taste
Cut baguette about 3/8" thick, spread with softened butter, sprinkle with seasoning, then rub around butter/seasoning. This helps the seasoning incorporated into the butter and stay put during cooking.

On medium-hot non stick skillet, put buttered side face down. Cook 3-5 minutes, peeking to watch for done-ness. I prefer less done then DH so I take a few off early.

I served as a side dish, is yummy with spaghetti!


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