It's time for the Improv Challenge!
The premise of the Improv Challenge is easy: each month there are two assigned ingredients. The participants must make a recipe using both ingredients and blog about it.
This month's theme was bread and butter. So many things you can do with that! I looked through my archive of recipes I have photographed but haven't posted yet, and I came across my most favorite garlic bread. I used to always buy frozen garlic bread; the kind with the orangey butter that you throw in the oven for a few minutes. That stuff is definitely a guilty pleasure. But I wanted to make my own. I created this recipe to be almost as easy as the frozen stuff, because if it was complicated, I would never make it. Not only is it almost as easy, but it is way tastier, with the addition of parmesan and herbs. Definitely a huge improvement over the frozen stuff.
Easy Parmesan Herb Garlic Bread
1 (7”-8”) loaf Italian bread, cut in half lengthwise
6 tbsp softened butter or tub spread
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning (I use Penzey's Tuscan Sunset)
Turn on broiler. Line a small pan with foil.
Combine butter, parmesan, garlic powder, and Tuscan Sunset. Slather on the cut sides of the bread.
Broil for about 5 mins, or until browned. Don’t walk away; keep your eye on it!
Remove from broiler and cut each half into 4 pieces.
Makes 4 servings, 2 pieces each.
Isn't it beautiful? I just love the perfect golden color. Using the broiler is great because it makes the bread perfectly crunchy and browned in just a few minutes. You really need to keep your eye on it and you might need to rotate it a bit if one side is getting more brown than the other. I also love how the bottom of the bread stays nice and soft, so you have the best of both worlds in one bite. Perfection!
The garlic and herb flavor here is pretty intense. I love it that way, but my husband says it's a bit much for him. So now I usually cut back on the garlic powder and Tuscan Sunset just a bit. Still good that way too.
I don't often have softened butter sitting around, so I love how this works well with tub spread, which I always have on hand. Makes it really easy to mix up in a jiffy. This is definitely my go-to garlic bread.
Be sure to check out all the other great bread and butter recipes below and come back next month to see what I make with sausage and mushrooms.
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