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The Ultimate Roasted Garlic Bread Recipe

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have come across the a famed ‘roasted garlic’ trend somewhere on social media. Roasted garlic is easier on your digestive system as it contains none of the irritating compounds that raw garlic has. If you are a regular sufferer of digestive issues this roasted garlic bread recipe may be great for you! Roasted garlic not only has digestive benefits but also has what many would consider as a more preferable palette.  When going through the roasting process, garlic develops an almost sweet, caramelised taste, with a buttery texture. Making it the perfect addition or even replacement to any raw garlic recipe.

 

If you’re looking to level up this simple Italian side dish follow along with the our recipe below to try your own roasted garlic bread: 

 

Ingredients:

3 bulbs of garlic

2-3 tablespoons of high quality extra virgin olive oil

Heaped tablespoon of chopped parsley 

½ a cup of butter 

Pinch of sea salt 

Pinch of white pepper (black pepper can be used if you don’t have white)

1 sourdough loaf

 

  1. Firstly preheat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade, we will start by roasting the garlic! Peel off the first layer of outside skin of the 3 garlic bulbs, as this will only burn in the oven. Then chop off their tops to expose the cloves inside. 
  2. Brush the exposed cloves with a good glug of olive oil, crack some pepper and sprinkle them with flaky sea salt before wrapping the bulbs up in aluminium foil.  At this point if you would like to add an extra twist to your garlic bread you could roast the garlic bulbs along with some red chillies or even some rosemary. 
  3. Roast the garlic bulbs in the oven for around 40 minutes, or until golden brown and fully softened. They should have a buttery texture.
  4. In the meantime while waiting for the garlic to roast you can start to make the garlic butter. Finely chop the parsley carefully removing any stalks and then combine this well with your butter. 
  5. Next prepare the bread, slicing it evenly in horizontal lines, be careful of slicing all the way through to the bottom of the bread to avoid slices becoming unattached. 
  6. Once the garlic has finished roasting you should be able to squeeze it out of its ‘shell’ by pinching either side of the bulbs. Mix in the garlic with the butter, this may require a bit of mashing to ensure the mixture is as smooth as possible. If you are a fan of the sharper taste of raw garlic you add an additional clove of minced raw garlic into the mixture here.
  7. Spread the butter and garlic mix onto each slice of your bread, season additionally with salt and pepper, if you roasted your garlic bulbs with chillies you could drizzle on some chilli oil or sprinkle on some chilli flakes for additional spice here. 
  8. Place the bread back in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until it looks a light golden.  Serve with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and a garlic butter dip. 

 

Try as the perfect side dish for our beef meatballs, which you can find here.