Let’s start off with a basic that almost everyone enjoys. Garlic bread is a classic hit that takes about 10 minutes to make, it’s hard to go wrong (Not a garlic fan? This recipe is just as tasty without).
-One loaf Italian bread
-Half a stick of butter
-Two or three garlic cloves
-3 Tbs. olive oil
-2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
-1 tsp. marjoram leaves (optional…adds more to the look of the bread than the flavor)
-Handful of mozzarella cheese (also optional)
First off, broil your oven. I would suggest using the “low” option because you’ll be a lot less prone to burning. Next, take your loaf of bread and cut it horizontally into two large pieces (like a hot dog bun, only all the way through). Melt the butter in the microwave until it is completely liquid (usually 30-45 seconrds). In a small bowl combine melted butter, olive oil, vinegar, and marjoram leaves. Pour this mixture directly onto the garlic bread, trying to spread it out as evenly as possible. Use a garlic press to get your garlic (if you don’t have one you can just finely chope the garlic…or completely cheat and buy it in a glass jar, usually in the produce department), gather all of your garlic and use a spoon to evenly spread it over the bread. If you want, throw some cheese on top.
Broil the bread for about 3-4 mintues, depending on how new your oven is. Keep a close eye on it, broiling is a dangerous business. If you bake the bread for 3-4 minutes it probably won’t even be warm. If you broil it much longer than 3-4 minutes you’re probably going to burn it. The whole point here is to lightly toast the bread. Garlic bread is done when there is a nice golden brown edge around the outside of the bread.
Let the bread cool a bit, then slice it up and serve!