Garlic Butter for French Bread

Updated on December 19, 2016

A savory compound butter made with pungent, sweet, fresh garlic, succulent butter, and earthy Italian herbs.

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Equipment Needed

  • wide-blade knife
  • serrated knife
  • small bowl
  • garlic press
  • spoon
  • butter knife
  • cookie sheet

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 stick salted butter, softened
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 12-16 slices French bread

Directions

  1. Tip: Its easier to remove the papery sheath from the garlic cloves if you first smash the cloves with the side of a wide-blade knife.
  2. Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
  3. Place butter in small bowl.
  4. Press garlic into bowl using garlic press.
  5. Add Italian seasoning.
  6. Stir.
  7. Spread on one side of each slice of bread. Place on cookie sheet butter-side up.
  8. Bake 4-5 minutes or until butter is melted.

Making The Recipe

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Prep Work:  Slicing the French bread with serrated knife.Prep Work:  Smashing the garlic clove with the side of a knife to remove papery sheath.Prep Work:  Smashed garlic.Putting garlic clove into garlic press.Pressing garlic into butter bowl.Adding Italian seasoning.Butter ingredients in bowl.Stir ingredients together.Buttered.Out of the oven.
Prep Work:  Slicing the French bread with serrated knife.
Prep Work: Slicing the French bread with serrated knife.
Prep Work:  Smashing the garlic clove with the side of a knife to remove papery sheath.
Prep Work: Smashing the garlic clove with the side of a knife to remove papery sheath.
Prep Work:  Smashed garlic.
Prep Work: Smashed garlic.
Putting garlic clove into garlic press.
Putting garlic clove into garlic press.
Pressing garlic into butter bowl.
Pressing garlic into butter bowl.
Adding Italian seasoning.
Adding Italian seasoning.
Butter ingredients in bowl.
Butter ingredients in bowl.
Stir ingredients together.
Stir ingredients together.
Buttered.
Buttered.
Out of the oven.
Out of the oven.

About The Ingredients . . .

Butter

Butter is a pale yellow, salted or unsalted, rich, heavy, savory, creamy when solid, succulent when melted, dairy product made from fresh or fermented cow’s cream or cow’s milk. It is made by churning (vigorously agitating) milk or cream until the butterfat grains separate from the liquid buttermilk. The liquid buttermilk is drained off, and the butterfat grains are kneaded and pressed into rectangular sticks and packaged for sale. When its made from pasteurized (heated) fresh cream, it is referred to as “sweet cream” butter and has a shelf life of several months. When it is made from unpasteurized cream, it is referred to as “raw cream” butter and only has a shelf life of about ten days. It is labeled with a quality rating grade in the U.S. – AA being premium, A being good, and B being of lesser quality. Softened butter that has had herbs, spices, or other flavors added to it is called “compound” butter.

Commercial Butter

Constitute
Percent
butterfat
80% to 82%
water
16% to 17%
milk solids
1% to 2%

Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) is a strong, pungent, spicy, sweet when heated, unique, tasty, aromatic vegetable bulb that is a close relative to onions, chives, and leeks. The garlic bulb, also called the “head”, is subdivided in sections called cloves. Both the whole bulb and the individual cloves are covered in an off-white papery sheath. It is the pale-yellow, fleshy part of the cloves underneath the sheath that are eaten. Found in the produce section of supermarkets, the most common variety of garlic typically has between 10 to 15 cloves per head.

Italian seasoning
Italian seasoning

Italian Seasoning

Italian seasoning is a herb blend (a mixture of herbs) used to flavor Italian dishes. The main ingredients are rosemary, thyme, oregano, and basil. It may also contain other ingredients such as marjoram or sage.

Rosemary
Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a pungent, earthy, sharp, lemon-pine flavored herb with a pine-like scent. The rosemary plant is a Mediterranean evergreen shrub sprouting needle-shaped leaves that are a deep green color on top and a silver-white color underneath. It can be used fresh or dried.

Thyme

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), pronounced “time”, is a sweet, mildly pungent, slightly minty, slightly peppery, woodsy, earthy herb with long, thin, woody stems and tiny, spear-shaped, green leaves. It is a low-growing, aromatic, Mediterranean perennial. It is sold both dried and fresh.

Oregano
Oregano

Oregano

Oregano (Origanum vulgare ) is a spicy, astringent, slightly bitter, complicated, somewhat sweet, pungent, peppery, bold perennial herb. It has small, spade-shaped, olive to dark green leaves and produces tiny pink, white, and purple flowers. Dried oregano has a more assertive sapor than fresh.

Basil
Basil

Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an earthy, peppery, sweet, strong, licorice-clove tasting herb that belongs to the mint family. It has solid, oblong, pointy, bushy, green leaves with woody, branching stems. It is a warm weather annual plant. It is more pungent fresh than dried.

French Bread

French is a golden brown, crisp, crusty, chewy, sweet and toasty smelling, nutty, buttery, sweet, and savory tasting type of white bread. When you squeeze it, the crust should crackle. When its sold in plastic wrap it loses its hard, chewy crust and becomes softened. It should, instead, be purchased wrapped in a paper covering to prevent this from happening. The inside of the loaf should be soft and full of bubbles. Its shape is long and narrow with rounded ends. It can also be referred to as a baguette, batard, torpedo, or French stick.

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