Sunday, March 21, 2010

Italian Loaf Bread

Posted by Lori:
My husband and children enjoy the olive oil and herb mixture served complimentary at many of the Italian restaurants these days. (Mom and Kimberly do, too, actually!) Even though I don't like it much myself, I went ahead and tried it last week. The taste is actually growing on me. I'm glad I tried it again!

Yesterday we had a mini-Italian feast at home. It was the last Saturday of Spring Break, the first day of spring, and we were experiencing our second blizzard (the first on Christmas Eve) that southwest Oklahoma has ever had - since weather records have been kept, anyway. I found a recipe for Italian Loaf Bread and tweaked it some for our meal. It was great!

Italian Loaf Bread
1 loaf Italian or French bread (white or wheat)
1/4 cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (real cheese)
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon oregano

Slice loaf in half lengthwise. In small glass measuring cup combine olive oil and minced garlic. Stir and brush onto both halves of bread. In same measuring cup, combine remaining ingredients. Sprinkle evenly onto both bread halves. Broil in oven for 10 - 15 minutes, or until golden brown on edges and cheese is melting. Watch carefully, so it doesn't burn! (I watched carefully so the smoke detector wouldn't go off.)

We served our Italian Loaf Bread with Stick to Your Ribs Meatballs (spaghetti and red sauce) and also with Fettucine Alfredo. Oh, and for dessert....Homemade Strawberry Shortcake, which I'll post next time. Yum!
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