A simple recipe today, but something everyone should have in their back pocket. I find the salt is really important here, use Maldon or another great coarse sea salt. You can use this garlic bread for just about anything, whether it’s avacado toast or dunking it in Tomato soup!
- 1 large (or 2 small loaves) baguette or ciabatta bread, preferably whole grain
- 2 garlic cloves, not peeled
- 1 large ripe tomato, halved (optional)
Coarse salt such as kosher or Maldon
Cut bread in half lengthwise, and cut in half crosswise if very long. Brush cut surfaces of bread lightly with olive oil. Under a broiler or on a grill, toast bread, turning a few times, until cut surfaces are golden brown. (If using a broiler, you can place bread directly on the oven rack.)
Remove bread to a work surface, grab a garlic clove with your fingertips and rub it lightly over the cut surfaces of the bread. (The papery skin of the garlic will come off.) When the bread is well scented with garlic, brush again with olive oil and toast again. If using tomato, rub the cut surfaces against the bread so the bread absorbs the juice. Oil and toast bread one last time, until golden and charred. Sprinkle lightly with salt and serve immediately.