- 3 large heads of garlic
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
- Roasted garlic cloves from 3 heads
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature (softened)
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 2 tsp minced flat-leaf parsley or fresh oregano leaves
- 1 16 to 18-inch loaf of crusty Italian bread
Preheat your oven to 375°F.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, and thyme.
Grab a sheet of aluminum foil large enough to wrap the garlic heads in. Slice 1/2 inch off the tops of each garlic bulb to expose the cloves. Place the garlic, root side down on the foil. Brush or spoon the oil mixture over the exposed cloves. Gather the foil and wrap the garlic to enclose it.
Place the foil packets of garlic directly on the oven rack and roast until the cloves are soft, approximately 50 minutes.
Remove the garlic from the oven and reduce the oven heat to 350°F.
In a medium mixing bowl, squeeze the roasted cloves of garlic out of the skin of the bulb and mash them with a fork.
Add the softened butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. Mix all of this together to form a spreadable paste. Cut the loaf of bread into 3/4-inch slices without cutting all the way through the bottom crust. This should resemble an accordion or Hasselback potato.
Using, a butter or dinner knife, spread the garlic paste evenly on both sides of each slice of bread, trying not to pull the slices apart.
Wrap the bottom and sides of the loaf of bread, leaving the top of the loaf slightly exposed so it can brown.
Place the loaf of bread on the upper rack of your oven and bake until warmed through and the top of the bread is golden brown, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve while war, allowing everyone to pull slices off the loaf.
Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 649mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg