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Recipe courtesy of Justine Simmons

Basil Garlic Bread

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

8 cloves garlic

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 loaf Italian bread or ciabatta

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Put the garlic cloves in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until minced. Add the basil, butter, Parmesan, salt and pepper and process until it becomes a smooth paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.
  3. Slice the loaf of bread in half lengthwise, being careful not to cut all the way through. Using a rubber spatula, spread the garlic-basil mixture on both halves. Put the bread back together like a sandwich and wrap tightly with foil.
  4. Place the bread on a sheet pan and bake for 15 minutes, then unwrap the bread and continue to bake until browned in spots, about 10 minutes more. Slice crosswise and serve warm.

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