Jimmy's Favorite Garlic Bread

This popular side-dish recipe is seasoned with a chunky tomato, basil, and garlic salsa. If you wish, slice into smaller pieces and serve as an appetizer.

Jimmy's Favorite Garlic Bread
Servings: 8 Prep 35 mins Bake 350°F 1 hr 20 mins Cook 2 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 bulbs garlic, each about 3 or 4 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
Garlic Butter:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened (1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Tomato Basil Salsa:
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
  • 2 cups chopped Roma tomatoes (about 4)
  • 3 tablespoons basil, cut into strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Bread:
  • 1 sourdough bread loaf (about 1-3/4 pounds), cut in half lengthwise
  • 4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees . Slice tops off of garlic bulbs and drizzle each with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. Wrap in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

While garlic is roasting, prepare Garlic Butter:

2. In a medium-size bowl, combine butter, Parmesan, crushed garlic, Italian seasoning, parsley and red pepper flakes. Refrigerate.

Prepare Tomato Basil Salsa:

3. In a medium-size saute pan over medium heat combine oil and garlic. Cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and heat through. Stir in basil, salt and pepper and remove from heat.

4. Remove roasted garlic from oven, unwrap foil and cool. Once cooled, squeeze cloves from papery skin. Set aside.

5. Spread 1/2 cup garlic butter over bread (reserve remaining 1/2 cup for another use). Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until browned. Top with tomato salsa, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Slice into pieces and serve.