One of my favorite things to make for dinner is this broccoli soup from Deliciously Ella. It’s super bright, fresh, and full of veggie goodness, the only problem is it isn’t always enough to fill me up.
Sometimes I would make roasted veggies or a side salad to go with it, but neither really seemed fitting. I knew I wanted to pair it with something super easy though, so I wasn’t stuck in the kitchen forever making two major meal components, and suddenly garlic bread hit me.
Perusing Google for a good recipe, I was amazed by the huge variation in ingredients and techniques used for something that seemed so simple. Many of them looked overly complicated or a bit unappealing. Especially the ones that used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. Why? Just, why?
I set out to make the ultimate garlic bread recipe of my own that was truly delicious and easy to make. I started with the Harvest Multigrain Batard from the fresh bread section of Trader Joe’s. This is my all-time favorite bread. It has a delicious, nutty flavor and I love that you can see the seeds and grains when you cut into it.
I then combine some melted Earth Balance, which is vegan butter you can find at any grocery store, fresh garlic, parsley and nutritional yeast for some cheeziness. If you're not into Earth Balance, I'm sure this would also work well with olive oil. I haven't tried it yet, but I'll experiment and let you know!
The whole thing, including bake time, takes about 15 minutes and the result is oh-my-gosh good. Enjoy it right away or toss it in the freezer to heat up for future nights your craving something to go along with your soup, salad, pasta, or all on it's own.
- 5 tablespoons Earth Balance (vegan butter)
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1 lb loaf of bread (I used Harvest Multigrain Batard from TJ's)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt Earth Balance in the microwave for about 20 seconds in a small bowl. Add garlic, parsley, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
Cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise and spread garlic butter evenly on the two halves. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes then toast under the broiler for about 2 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown. Serve immediately or freeze once cooled.