Monday, June 25, 2012

Garlic Butter for Everything

I have a soft spot for dishes that sound homey. Garlic butter makes me picture a goldeny wheat field.

Step into my mind
 But not just a wheat field. There's a little picnic table with a red plaid table cloth and a homey wife is serving her cute little kid and stoic husband some fresh baked bread. On the side there is some homemade jam and a little tub with a hand written label saying "Garlic Butter".
Yeah. Garlic Butter. It's all completely adorable. It's my backup plan if the whole library-mansion thing doesn't quite pan out.
See, garlic butter isn't just for bread (although it does make a mean garlic bread) - it can be used in a million places. Pasta becomes garlic pasta. Eggs become garlicy eggs. Steak becomes garlic steak. Okay...I guess that seems pretty obvious. BUT, cooking should never be restricted just because something has a common usage. New recipes are made by mixing new things - so use that garlic butter all over your refrigerator!

1 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
Of course, Parmesan Cheese

Mix the butter, garlic, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, pepper and paprika together.

 So, that's the basic recipe. Here's a few recommendations.

Take a baguette and cut it diagonally.

Like so
Turn your oven up all the way to broil (500 degrees). Pop the bread in for about 3 minutes. Take it out and spread the garlic butter on them. You may wish to add cheese. I recommend parmesan or blue cheese. Put bake in oven until the bread is a golden brown.

Another simple recipe is melting the butter over pasta and sprinkling with cheese. Very simple and very yummy.

I will try to update this post to include other uses for garlic butter. If you think of any yourself feel free to comment and I'll add them!

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