Simply Perfect Vegan Garlic Bread

Posted by Noelle on March 4th, 2012
Categories: Appetizers
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There are days when I really just want a big bowl of pasta and marinara with some thick slices of crunchy, buttery garlic bread to mop up all that sauce... then there are times I am happy with just the loaf of garlic bread, sauce, and a huge salad. Garlic bread for me is total comfort food. The perfect vehicle of sauce to mouth. There's an expectation of buttery goodness with a certain level of crunchiness, while still maintaining the bread's interior tenderness. Sounds easy enough right? I have made a lot of variations of vegan garlic bread over the years, have tested many cooking methods, and have truly enjoyed every bite :-). In the winter I rely on my oven for perfectly toasted bread, in the summer I prefer to grill the garlic bread... and stuff it vegan style with fresh summer veggies and herbs, but that will be a post for warmer weather. This recipe is simple, quick, and super easy making it a staple on pasta night. It also needs to come with a warning. Just cause it's vegan doesn't mean you get to eat half the loaf. So pace yourself. Savor every bite and for goodness sake don't forget to share 🙂

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saute pan over low heat, saute garlic, oil, earth balance, garlic powder, italian seasoning, and salt together stirring often. Once the garlic starts to sizzle, cook for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Be careful not to overcook the garlic, if you see it starting to brown remove it from the heat immediately and transfer to a heat proof bowl to help stop the cooking. Using a basting or pastry brush, I use a silicone one, spread the oil and garlic mixture generously over the cut side of the bread halves be sure to distribute equally. Put halves back together to make a loaf and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and turn the broiler on low. Open the garlic bread and place the halves cut side up on a cookie sheet. Broil for approx 2 minutes until the edges of the bread starts to get browned. Remove from oven and cut into thick slices. Eat while warm and crunchy.