This year, we were so excited to finally put in a garden. We were looking for a house in the spring last year, so we only had a few potted plants. We put in raised beds with a fence around everything. One bed is entirely devoted to herbs, two to tomatoes, one to flowers, and two to other veggies.
Unfortunately…most of our garden isn’t producing much. The tomatoes and dill are great! (I can’t wait until we have enough tomatoes to make a Caprese salad!) But most of our herbs never even sprouted, our peppers and broccoli never stood a chance, and our kale is being eaten before it can grow. We got a couple green beans, and we are hoping for some beets.
I had huge hopes for our herb garden. Because I shop mainly at Aldi, fresh herbs require a separate stop. I was so excited to just go to the back yard to pick whatever I needed for a recipe. But…there’s always next year.
My favorite garlic bread recipe uses fresh parsley. Since I almost never have it (especially given the current garden situation) I’ve found a lazier recipe that’s almost as good. It’s better because I always have the ingredients, and it has all of the same flavors. And, let’s be honest, easy recipes taste better just because they require less effort sometimes!
This garlic bread recipe is perfect for using up slightly stale bread or the bread butts you usually just toss. We love grilling garlic bread if we’re already cooking outside, too. It adds such a delicious smokey element.
I think my absolute favorite part of this recipe is how quickly and easily it comes together. If you can spread butter on bread and sprinkle it with a couple things, you can make this. Throw it in the oven as other things bake, toast it on the grill, or give it a couple minutes under the broiler. In about 5-10 minutes you can have some pretty amazing garlic bread on the table!
- one or two slices of bread per person
- salted butter, or spreadable butter or margarine
- garlic powder
- dried parsley
- grated parmesan cheese
- Spread butter on the bread.
- Use a light sprinkle of garlic powder, a medium sprinkle of dried parsley, and a heavy sprinkle of parmesan.
- Bake in the oven or under the broiler on a cookie sheet, or toast on the grill until the cheese has melted and the bread is golden.
PS – I think some garlic bread would be great with these slow cooker meatballs!