(Version shown is vegan and uses Earth Balance + nutritional yeast!)
Sometimes, you don’t realize until the last minute that your entree would be much improved with a side of garlic bread. In my case, my tomato soup had just finished cooking and my taste buds were demanding dinner. And all of a sudden, I realized: that loaf of bread I bought to dip in the soup would be much better in the form of garlic bread.
I was not in the mood to cut up a bunch of garlic or fresh herbs, however, so I decided to take a bit of a cheater’s route. I turned on my oven, dug through my spice cabinet, and had garlic bread within 10 minutes.
And my tastebuds were happy. In fact, I was shocked at how much it tasted like fresh, restaurant-style garlic bread.
(Photo is pre-nutritional yeast/cheese)
– Slice(s) of Italian bread
– Butter or Vegan margarine
– Garlic powder
– Dried basil (optional)
– Nutritional Yeast or Cheese (Optional, if you want cheesy garlic bread)
1. If using the oven, preheat it to 350 degrees. If you want even quicker garlic bread, you can use a toaster/toaster oven (I have neither in my apartment, hence my use of the oven!)
2. If using oven, spread butter/margarine on slices. Set the bread on a sheet of tinfoil, and fold the edges up to loosely cover it. Bake for 5 minutes, open up the tinfoil (so it becomes more of a baking sheet), and bake for 5 more minutes, or until crispy.
If using toaster, cook it as long as you prefer, and then spread butter/margarine on it.
3. Sprinkle garlic powder and a pinch of salt evenly across the bread to taste. I just eyed it, but 1/4 tsp of garlic is probably a good amount per slice.
4. Add your basil and/or cheese.
And voila, you have near-instant garlic bread to accompany your meal!
And here’s my completed lunch: