Add this Garlic Basil Butter to crusty, warm Italian bread for a delicious side that goes perfectly with your favorite pasta dish!
Honestly, I don't eat much bread and rarely eat sandwiches so there is really no need. So when I do splurge, I prefer a nice, crusty Italian or Ciabiatta heated up in the oven; then dip it in extra virgin olive oil with a little salt and pepper.
Which was what I was planning to do with this particular loaf of bread until I looked at my fresh basil and it was starting to see better days. I hate to throw anything away that is still viable.
Also, I knew that I wouldn't be making anything with it in the next day or two, so I blended it with some garlic and butter to make this Garlic Basil Butter to top my bread with.
How do you make Garlic Basil Butter bread?
For this recipe you'll need fresh basil, salted butter, garlic cloves and your favorite loaf of Italian bread. Add the basil, butter and garlic to a mini food processor and blend until smooth.
Next, cut the loaf of bread in half horizontally; then spread the mixture evenly on both sides. Wrap the loaf of bread in aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 8-10 minutes or until butter has completely melted and the bread is warm. Finally, cut the bread into 8 slices and serve hot.
O. M. G. This was even better than the olive oil. Healthier? I don't think so! Thank goodness I don't splurge like this very often because I could have easily made a really bad habit out of this Garlic Basil Butter bread!
Try this butter on some corn on the cob or mixed in with cooked pastina too. ~Enjoy!
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Garlic Basil Butter
- 1 c. Fresh Basil
- 8 tbsp. Butter, softened
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 loaf Crusty Italian Bread (I used Ciabatta)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Add the basil, butter and garlic to a mini food processor and blend until smooth.
- Cut the loaf of bread in half horizontally; then spread the mixture evenly on both sides. Wrap the loaf of bread in aluminum foil.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until butter has completely melted and the bread is warm. Cut into 8 slices.