Thursday, April 12, 2012

Herbed Garlic Bread

I feel as if I have been absent from my blog forever!  Between vacation in Aruba, the demands of kids and work I have  not had much time to ge creative in the kitchen.  I really need to change that - hopefully this weekend!

For now I am going to share this recipe for garlic bread. We have this often with pasta and the whole family devours it!

The recipe below made two large loaves of ciabatta bread. If you want just one, simply halve the recipe or use half the herbed 'butter' saving the other half for another use.

I promise you will love this!

Herbed Garlic Bread

2 loaves ciabatta bread (the ones I used were about 24 inches long)
1 stick softened Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread*
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl add all of the ingredients and stir until the herbs and garlic are well incorporated into the Earth Balance. The mixture will be very green.

Cut the ciabatta bread length wise in half. You will have four halves  Spread 1/4 of the buttery mixture on the inside of each bread half. Reassemble the bread halves  and completely wrap each in foil.  Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the buttery mixture is melted and the bread warmed through. Remove from the oven, unwrap, disassemble and then place each bread half back in the oven crust side down for another five minutes or so unti golden brown.

*Note I am aware of the controversy surrounding the production of palm oil and the negative impact to orangutans.  Earth Balance has this to say on the subject, claiming to use sustainably sourced palm oil.  I would be vey interested to know your thoughts on this subject.  Do you use Earth Balance? Why or why not?


  1. I give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to honesty and that being said, I feel it's important to support companies who are ecologically responsible. I'd even be willing to pay more money if need be. With that in mind, after checking for optimal animal quality of life, I recently chose to buy cheese from a local organic farm, and I felt good about supporting a farmer who is doing it right. Same would go for butter, as long as there were no allergies of course! Thanks for the awesome vegan food blog! You're inspirational!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words! I am in your camp in terns of giving them the benefit of the doubt regarding honesty. I have actually cut back on the amount of EB that I use- not because of palm oil but because I am trying to stay away from processed foods as much as possible. But, I think that I will continue to use EB sparingly (even though this recipe is hardly what I would call sparingly)!