Creatively Transforming Food

Garlic Butter Spread

For some unknown reason, I had this craving for garlic bread dipped in my Classic Marinara Sauce that I just finished. Not having the time to make fresh bread today, I created this Garlic Butter Spread to lather on a loaf of Italian bread I bought off of the marked down rack at the grocery store. My grandchildren were going  be over for dinner, so I  thought I could have them test it out.; they always seem to be hungry!

Once the butter is softened the ingredients can be quickly combined. Then spread 2-3 tablespoons per split loaf half or you could slice the loaf and spread it on individual slices. For little hands, I thought the breadstick version was the best for them.

Bake for about 12-14 minutes. Slice into strips for dipping.

Add some Classic Marinara Sauce and you could call it  a Meatless Monday meal for the kids… or you , too!

 

Garlic Butter Spread

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Serves: 2 loaves

Ingredients
  • ½ c. salted butter, softened at room temperature
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 T. dried parsley
  • Cheesy Additions per Loaf:(optional):
  • 1 loaf of Italian or rustic bread of your choice
  • ½ c. parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Whisk all ingredients together into a smooth mixture.
  3. Slice loaf in half, lengthwise.
  4. Spread about 2-3 T. per half loaf.
  5. If just using spread, bake for 12-14 minutes.
  6. With cheesy additions, bake for 10 minutes and remove pan from oven.
  7. Sprinkle each loaf half with ¼ cup parmesan and ½ cup mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake an additional 2-4 minutes until cheese is melted.
  9. Slice and serve.
  10. Store any unused spread in small container in refrigerator.