Recipe: garlic bread

Garlic bread recipes usually call for “rubbing slices of bread with the cut surface of a garlic clove”, which I find too time consuming, too fiddly, and not resulting in enough garlic flavor. My variation calls for crushing garlic into an oil/butter mixture and spreading that mixture onto the bread: much quicker and I get loads more garlic flavor.

  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed in a garlic press or finely chopped
  • 1 frac12; tsps extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • ¼ tsps dried oregano
  • sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt
  • a grind or two of black pepper
  • two slices of crusty bread

Put all ingredients into a small bowl and zap in microwave for about 20 seconds, or until the butter is melted and bubbling.
Remove bowl from microwave andlet sit for 10-15 minutes to let the garlic & other spices infuse the oil & butter.
Using a teaspoon, spoon the oil/butter mixture onto the bread slices and spread it around with the back of the spoon.
Toast in a toaster oven, or under the broiler in the oven (I’d guess 400°F would work) until golden brown.