Garlic Bread Duo

Garlic Bread Duo

I know what you’re thinking, both garlic bread and pasta recipes, are you crazy? No I’m not carbo-loading for a marathon, just trying to feed a hungry boyfriend. I was nervous when I decided to try the caprese version of this garlic bread duo. Bill always jokes that mozzarella, tomato and basil are “Lauren flavors,” so I wasn’t sure how much he’d appreciate all those “Lauren flavors” taking over his beloved garlic bread. Good news folks—he loved the Caprese garlic bread more than the classic version. Yep, me and my flavors are definitely sitting on our high horse tonight. I’m not sure when or even if I’ll ever win another flavor victory as big as this one.

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Classic Garlic Bread:
½ Loaf of Ciabatta
2 Tbsp Butter, softened
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Large Cloves of Garlic, minced
Basil, to top
Black Pepper, to top

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Caprese Garlic Bread:
½ Loaf of Ciabatta
8 oz Sliced Mozarella Cheese
2 Tbsp Butter, softened
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Large Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Roma Tomatoes, sliced
Fresh Basil, chopped
Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze

Garlic Bread Duo

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice Ciabatta loaf in half sideways. Place bread cut side up on a foil lined baking sheet. Combine softened butter, olive oil and garlic in a small bowl. Spread garlic butter mixture on the cut side of the bread.

For classic garlic bread, sprinkle with basil and cracked black pepper. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until bread is crispy and slightly browned.

For Caprese garlic bread, cover the bread with slices of mozzarella cheese. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until bread is crispy and mozzarella cheese is melted. Top with sliced tomatoes, basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Slice and serve with your favorite Italian dish.

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