Herbed Italian Garlic Bread

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      Whenever I serve pasta I like to have a nice garlic bread to go with it.  Usually I just buy frozen garlic bread and pop it in the oven 10 minutes before I serve the pasta.  However, the price of frozen garlic bread (and everything else) is on the rise so I went looking for something I could do myself.

       I found an easy, delicious garlic bread recipe.  It started with a fresh bakery loaf of Italian bread sliced in half.  Then butter and both fresh and dried herbs are mixed in a bowl and slathered on the bread.  It is topped off with Parmesan cheese and baked in an oven until golden brown.

      This bread is amazing.  It is crisp and crunchy and tastes so much better then the bread I used to buy at the market.  I have fresh herbs growing in my garden and the rest of the herbs are staples in my pantry.  The freshly grated Parmesan mixes perfectly with the bite of the garlic.  This is my new “go to” garlic bread because of how easy and delicious it is.

Herbed Italian Garlic Bread (adapted from What’s Cookin, Chicago?)
1 loaf Italian bread, sliced in half lengthwise
10 garlic cloves, minced
6 T. butter, softened
1 t. dried thyme
1 T. fresh parsley, minced
2 t. fresh oregano, minced
1 t. fresh rosemary, minced
3 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

1.  Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.  Place the two halves of the Italian bread on a baking sheet and set aside.
2.  In a bowl combine the butter, garlic, thyme, parsley, oregano, rosemary, and Parmesan cheese.  Spread each side of the bread with the butter mixture.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3.  Bake 5 minutes then turn baking sheet 180 degrees and continue baking for an additional 5 minutes.  When the bread is golden brown remove from oven and cut into slices.

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