Thursday, February 26, 2009

Garlic Bread

I had some ciabatta bread left over after making paninis and decided to make a garlic spread so I could slather it on and convert them into a tasty accompaniment to the Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato soup I had made. They went together fabulously and being the garlic-head I am, it was pretty intense, yet delicious and the chewy texture of the ciabatta with the piping hot soup made it a meal to remember & crave later.

GARLIC SPREAD for Garlic Toasts


Ingredients:
Garlic - 5 to 6 cloves, peeled
Butter/Margarine - 4 to 5 tbsp
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt & Pepper - to taste
Dried Red Chilli Flakes - a big pinch
Mixed Dried herbs (Italian seasoning) - a few pinches
Parmesan cheese - grated, as a topping (Optional)


Method:
1) Blend the butter, garlic & olive oil with some salt to an almost smooth paste.

2) Stir in the pepper, dried chilli flakes & herbs.


3) Spread this onto bread, sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese if desired and toast in a hot oven till bread turns golden. Serve as is or with some soup.


I'm not posting the soup recipe since I pretty much followed my Spicy tomato soup
recipe but skipped the carrots, green bell pepper & ginger. Instead I tossed in onion, garlic, roasted red peppers, smoked sun dried tomatoes & 1 fresh tomato. The soup was perfect and had a lovely smoky flavour to it.

34 comments:

  1. yummy..ciabatta is great for making garlic bread and roasted pepper and tomato soup, well, that is just perfect for the weather here, with all the snow and all..I have a similar soup recipe - roasted butternut squash and tomato soup..you may like that as well..

    http://superchef-mirchmasala.blogspot.com/2008/03/roasted-butternut-squash-and-tomato.html

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  2. I love anything with garlic in it Lavanya..Thanks for sharing..Btw,di u bake that bread..If so,I envy you for that wonderful air pockets..How did u manage to get those.?:)

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  3. Panini itself sounds so good, and on top of that with leftovers you made garlic bread and the soup! Wow Laavanya! I'm really craving for that complete Italian meal now!

    Looks like I missed quite a bit of your yummy recipes in the last week.. Avarakkai aviyal looks delicious.. I haven't had avarakkai in a while.. I love that vegetable as poriyal and in sambar.. but aviyal is totally new to me.. will give it a shot when I buy it next time...

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  4. Love the garlic bread, prefect way to finnish the Ciabatta bread!

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  5. *Love* garlic bread. I buy it evey week. I really should make my own!
    I can imagine how good it tastes especially with all that garlic (which I can never get enough of).

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  6. Love garlic flavored bread, looks crunchy. i can't take my eyes out of the soup. both looks delicious..

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  7. Hmm..looks so delicious,tempts to have a bite:)

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  8. the soup and bread look soo delicious... am going to try this soup over the weekend.. the snow calls for it :)

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  9. We all luv garlic bread. And with roasted pepper and tomato soup, great combo.

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  10. love it. especially with hot and spicy soups...mmmm, heaven!

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  11. Haha! I am a garlic head too, add it anywhere I can!

    Soup and Garlic bread, perfect combo. Great post! :)

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  12. Looks lovely! Easy to make... Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I love gralic bread .. the bread looks just beautiful .. looks awesome with soup .. lovely click too

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  14. This is the first thing I ask for at any Italian restaurant. I'll definitely give this a try at home now. Looks great :)

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  15. Perfet for the this cold weather Lavanya.Love the color of the soup

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  16. oh my... the butter and garlic spread on a warm bread... mmmmmm just can't stop eating those....

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  17. O my my....i can smell the taste of the soup and bread here...U have lots of energy really to manage home,work and blogging again :)

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  18. wow, that looks so good Laavanya! Perfect pair with refreshing soup!

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  19. Hi Laavanya, hope you are doing well. After marriage I forgot garlic :) Viji

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  20. sounds good...looks delicious..

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  21. Hi ,first time here i guess..very cute space u have..Nice spread..looks lovely...made me to pick:)

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  22. "Garlic head" - Cute expression!

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  23. Looks delicious Laavanya...I love garlic bread, I always rub garlic on my bread...

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  24. Garlicky spicy bread, and a spicy soup to go with it! Divine!

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  25. This is my kinda bread. Looks great with the soup.

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  26. Lovely garlic bread..I make a similar one but I use garlic paste instead of fresh garlic..tried using fresh once but didnt quite like the pungent aftertaste..would love to slurp some soup with a bite of garlic bread..yummy!!

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  27. I love ciabatta bread so I think garlic bread with that would taste yum ! Great combination !

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  28. Thank you all for stopping by. I'm sorry that I'm not able to reply to every comment individually.

    Varsha - the ciabatta is store bought... sorry to disappoint you.

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  29. The Garlic bread looks yummy. Garlic bread is a real favorite and we all love the one at pizza hut. Bookmarked this one for trying. Thks for sharing the recipe.

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