My first encounter with garlic bread was in an Italian restaurant. My pasta was good but the garlic bread was more memorable. It wasn’t something that was prepared by the adults at home, so, as a child, I only got to enjoy them when we ate out.
Fast forward to a decade or so later. I was watching my aunt make garlic toast and I paid attention to everything that she did. Garlic powder stirred in softened butter. Spread the garlic butter on both sides of the bread. Pop into the oven. The garlic toast was okay but not nearly as good as the garlic bread in the Italian restaurant. In time, I learned to make garlic toast my way.
Herb Garlic Toast
- ½ cup butter softened
- 8 to 10 sweet basil leaves finely chopped
- 1 to 2 sprigs parsley leaves only, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic finely grated
- 1 generous pinch salt
- 1 generous pinch white pepper
- sliced baguette or your bread of choice
- cheese grated optional
- Stir together the softened butter, chopped basil and parsley, grated garlic, salt and pepper.
- Spread the mixture generously on the bread slices.
- Broil (or toast, if using an oven toaster) for about three minutes until the bread is crisp and browned around the edges.
- Serve the herb-garlic butter breakfast toast at once.