We’ve all been there. The soup, sauce, or whatever it is you’re making is almost ready and you have completely forgotten about the garlic bread. You madly dash to turn on the broiler and then realize that the soup, sauce, or whatever will be cold by the time the garlic bread is done. A wave of disappointment overtakes you as you realize what you will be missing. But it would be so much better with garlic bread!
The following quickie garlic bread is made for situations such as these. As long as you have a toaster, some olive oil, and a clove of garlic, you’re good. Of course it’s not the same as oven-roasted, butter, garlic, and herb-infused, Parmesan-crusted garlic bread. If you have the luxury of time, by all means go for the fully monty. But if not, or if you just want a few slices of toasted bread lightly touched with garlic to go with your meal, then this recipe is made for you.
- 1 to 4 slices of rustic bread
- A drizzle of olive oil for each slice
- One large fresh garlic clove
1 Toast one or two slices of bread.
2 Drizzle or brush a little olive oil over one side of the toasted bread.
3 Cut a garlic clove (peel still on) in half, on the diagonal. Gently rub the cut side of the garlic clove over the olive oil-brushed toasted bread.
Alternatively, you can brush the toast with the garlic first, and then drizzle with olive oil or spread with butter. Both ways work.
Tip: If you have leftover slices of garlic bread, cut them up into squares for croutons. Store in an airtight bag or jar at room temp for a day or two. You can also process them in a blender or food processor for garlicky breadcrumbs.