10/28/09

A Fast and Easy Side to Many Meals: Cheesy Garlic Bread



The pace of my current life is fast and dinners are often rushed as I exit the truck after a long day at work and stop by the freezer to grab something for dinner even before I enter the house. Often still in high heels and pearls, I whip up something for dinner, and with teenagers in the house it has to be healthy and filling. Often times a side of cheesy garlic bread fits the bill. Whether it's a pan of lasagna, steaks on the grill or shrimp alfredo, a simple garlic bread brings it all together. Best of all? No recipe needed!


Cheesy Garlic Bread

French or Italian bread, sliced
butter, softened
garlic - fresh minced or salt/powder
dried or fresh parsley
parmesan cheese, grated
mozzarella cheese, shredded
mayonnaise



I have found using a ratio of 1 stick of butter to a loaf of French bread works well. Placing the butter in a bowl, use a rubber scraper or spoon to mix in about 2-4 teaspoons of minced garlic (depending on your family's personal taste for how strong they like the garlic flavor). If you don't have fresh garlic use about a teaspoon of dried garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt. I like to add about 1/4 - 1/2 t onion powder as well. Add a dollop or two of regular mayonnaise and mix in about 1/2 cup grated parmesan and a little mozzarella or use just one of them. Again - you know what I'll say; Play with your food!! Use what you have on hand and improvise. Don't be scared.

Bake at 350 or 375 until melted and just turning golden brown. I like to broil them under the broiler for a minute or two to finish them off and get them toasty. Serve with a variety of meals!
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