As much as I hate garlic for giving me bad breath and leaving behind offensive odour on my fingers for days, I don’t think I can live without it either.
Cooking without garlic is a disaster. It’s distinctive flavour enhances pretty much most dishes, be it French, Italian, Chinese, Indian….every cook must have garlic. Though always a flavour enhancer and often used as only a sidekick in dishes, the garlic bread is one that makes it the hero instead.
I love mine loaded with lots of garlic-buttery goodness. Hence the stinky garlic bread. Make sure you have good supply of mints. Plus, this is certainly not a smooch-friendly recipe 😉
The ingredients – a few slices of regular sandwich bread, butter (softened), salt and of course garlic! You will need some aluminium foil too. I used 2 whole garlic and it yielded about 10 slices of garlic bread. Half each slice and you get 20. Awesome for parties 🙂
First roast the garlic whole. Cut off the top to expose the bulbs, place a dollop of butter on top and wrap individually with aluminium foil into mini parcels. Chuck into preheated oven (middle rack) and let it bake at 160 degrees Celcius for an hour or until soft and caramelised.
Once done, open the parcels and let it cool until you can handle with your hands. You will see that it’s all soft and juicy and buttery and yum! Squeeze the bulbs out of the cloves, they should be pretty much falling off and slide out easily. Season with some salt. Mash, mash, mash until you get a consistent garlicky paste.
Spread butter generously on slices of bread. I halved all slices beforehand. Spread garlic paste thinly on each slice. Be careful not to spread too much on one slice, it will end up too strong and a little bitter. I say about half a teaspoon of paste or less on each full slice of sandwich bread.
Grill in the oven on the topmost rack at 200 degrees Celcius until slightly browned and crisp. About 5-10 minutes or so. And there you have it – stinky, buttery and crispy garlic bread!
If you like, sprinkle some Italian herbs and mix into the roasted garlic paste and you will have garlic-herb stinky bread. Or sprinkle some cheese right before grilling then you have cheesy, stinky garlic bread. Either way, its stinky-ly good! Happy trying 🙂