Cheesy Garlic Basil Bread
I grew up eating garlic bread that was made with a dash of garlic powder and a whole lot of margarine. Imagine my delight when I discovered real garlic, garlic bread. I wanted to have it with every meal!
This version prepared with fresh basil and Parmesan is delicious served with homegrown tomatoes in summer or as an accompaniment to a bowl of hot soup in winter.
Run the garlic through a garlic press. If you don't have a garlic press, mash it with the back of a wooden spoon and mince.
Combine the garlic, butter and basil in a bowl.
Cut the bread in half lengthwise.
Spread the butter over each half of the bread.
Place on a baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Return the bread to the oven and broil for 2 or 3 minutes until the cheese has melted and the edges of the bread are toasted.
You can use a French baguette instead of italian bread, if you prefer.
Time to prepare: 20 minutes.