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?