Monday, April 18, 2016

Quick Skillet Garlic Bread


Quick skillet garlic bread is perfect for those times when you want garlic bread to complete your meal and you don't want to wait for the oven to preheat.  

My family loves pasta dishes accompanied by garlic bread.  I have always made garlic bread in the oven and it takes a while for the oven to heat up and then wait for the bread to get golden and toasted just right.  Sometimes the bottom crust of the bread gets a little too crunchy and that's no fun to eat. 

I solved this problem by making my garlic bread on the stove top in a skillet or grill pan.  No need to wait for an oven to get hot and ready.  The skillet method keeps the crust from touching the heat and only the soft white bread gets perfectly toasted.  The best part is everyone gets the same amount of  butter and garlic on each piece and there is no fighting at the table for the best pieces of garlic bread.  

Now, I can have my garlic bread done in a flash and my family actually prefers my quick method to the traditional garlic bread.  Everyone gets a perfectly buttered and garlicky piece of bread and I get out of the kitchen much faster. 

Quick Skillet Garlic Bread
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer

1 loaf of Italian bread or French bread*
1/4 cup soften salted butter or margarine (more if needed)
1-2 tsp granulated garlic powder (to taste)
1 Tbs dried parsley

Note * Use French bread for smaller pieces of garlic bread since it's a thinner loaf.

Step 1:  Soften butter and mix together the garlic powder and parsley to make the garlic butter mixture.  Note: First add 1 tsp of granulated garlic powder and then taste butter mixture.  If you desire more garlic flavor, add more garlic powder until desired taste is achieved.

Step 2: Slice bread to 1 inch thickness using a serrated bread knife.  Apply a coating of garlic butter mixture on both sides of the sliced bread (not too much or the bread will be greasy, but not too little or the bread will not be well toasted and flavorful). The ends only need butter on the open side and need to toasted on that side.

Step 3: On medium high heat,  use a nonstick skillet and place bread butter side down.  Heat for a couple of minutes until bread is toasted and golden brown then flip and repeat on the other side until both sides are golden.  Eat immediately while hot.  Enjoy.

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