Garlic bread sprinkle
Garlic bread is one of those items that I've never been fully satisfied with. I've tried doing it many ways -- using dehydrated garlic powder or crushed raw garlic; a compound butter, or a sprinkle on top of olive oil-brushed bread; toasted, broiled, baked slowly. Many options.
If I had all the time in the world -- which I rarely do -- I'd make a compound butter with crushed raw garlic, salt, and parsley, spread it onto slices of very good bread, then toast them in a 300°F oven for about 20 minutes, until the toasts were brown and the garlic practically roasted. This works great, but if you're pressed for time, you end up with butter-sogged bread and raw garlic. Not appetizing.
But in a pinch, sprinkling a garlic-powder mixture on top of buttered bread, then running it under a broiler until brown and bubbly, works pretty well, too!
I use Paula Deen's "house seasoning" as a standard seasoning mix for meats and veggies. (http://www.recipezaar.com/Paula-Deens-House-Seasoning-Mix-57340) I tried that for garlic bread, but it's too heavy on salt and too light on garlic. So I did a bit of experimenting and came up with this mixture. It's mostly garlic, with some added seasoning. I think you could also add some MSG to it (heaven forbid!!), which would lend an even more savory note.
Once mixed, pour it into an empty seasoning container with a sprinkle-top.
8 parts garlic powder
2 parts salt
1/4 part black pepper
1/2 part paprika
1 part dehydrated parsley
Butter slices of good Italian bread. Sprinkle the mixture liberally. Pass under a broiler or in a very hot oven (425°F) until the butter is brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Garlic bread quickie
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