Every time I make Luscious Garlic Cheese Bread, I remember a roommate from college. While I’m mixing the butter and cheese, I take a few reminiscing-minutes to think about my friend. She was smart and quirky and loyal and in-the-know. She slept with a giant box of candy under her bed, since her mother had never let her eat it growing up. I loved that little bit of harmless rebelliousness about her, and decided not to ask why she kept twenty or so cans of frozen juice concentrate in the freezer. She had lived a few years in Italy, and returned with all sorts of tasty food knowledge. She was a fantastic cook, opening my eyes to kitchen secrets we just didn’t know in Small Table Land. She taught me to add carrots to pasta sauce because of their natural sweetness, how to perfectly sear meat to serve with fresh pasta, and of course shared her ‘recipe’ for Luscious Garlic Cheese Bread.
When she made garlic bread, she mixed equal portions of butter and grated parmesan cheese in a bowl, adding garlic powder to the mix as it came together. I only had to see it done once to realize that this would be my new method pretty much forever. Over the years, I have experimented with adding different cheeses, fresh garlic, and fresh herbs to the butter/ cheese mix. It always turns out great. But in a pinch, Kraft parmesan, garlic powder and dried parsley work perfectly well.
Use your favorite type of bread, and remember that extra portions of bread can always be wrapped well and frozen to use later. This way you can buy a whole baguette and eat it when you please.
Mix the softened butter, cheese, garlic and herbs together in a bowl until completely blended. Spread as thickly as you want onto bread slices of your choice. Set your oven to broil, place the bread 4-5 inches under the heating element, and watch carefully to get warm, melty-crispness without burning the edges. In my oven, this takes about 3 minutes. Remove to a plate and serve with any pasta, soup, or salad that strikes your fancy.
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