Monday, June 7, 2010

gushy goopy garlic bread: a garlicky, vegenaise-laden vegan comfort food

This is based on my father's garlic bread, though of course mine is vegan! It's gushier and goopier than you may expect, but all this pulls together to be oh-so comforting and worth it. Like any garlic bread, this is a great side dish or snack. With the garlic-breath hazard and bits of green to get stuck in teeth though, probably not something not something to serve at dinner parties. I've sometimes used 2 whole heads of garlic for a single sliced baguette; if you are not as fond of garlic, this is probably too much. Baking does mellow the flavor, but if you're worried, try it with only a couple cloves.


half a baguette or so, sliced thinly 
about half a head of garlic, diced or pressed as small as possible
4 - 7 tablespoons vegenaise 
1 -2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
a few leaves of fresh basil, chopped, to garnish

preheat the oven to 375F.

mix the diced garlic, vegenaise, and olive oil in a small bowl. if it looks like not enough to cover all the bread you want, thin with more olive oil and/or add more vegenaise. play around to get a texture that looks good to you. using a fork to spread over the baguette, distribute the gushy mix across your slices.

place on a baking sheet and bake until everything is golden and the bread is crispy, 15 - 20 minutes. garnish with fresh basil.

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