Garlic Butter

IMG_3552_2Makes 1/4 cup

Sure, it’s easy to grab the pre-garlic-buttered loaf of bread that you can just stick in the oven, but it’s much more fun – and really doesn’t take that much longer – to make it at home. Remember to let the garlic sit for 5-10 minutes after it is crushed, as this will provide enough time for the alliinase and alliin in garlic to interact and form allicin, the powerful compound that makes garlic so healthy.

Ingredients
1/4 cup salted butter
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp of your favorite dried herb such as thyme, marjoram or oregano

Instructions
Crush garlic cloves.
Heat butter in a small pot over medium-low heat.
Melt butter and make sure it does not brown.
When melted, pour into a heat-proof dish and mix with the garlic and dried herbs.
Let cool and refrigerate.

If you’d like a loaf of garlic bread, preheat the oven to 350 F. Cut slices into a loaf leaving the bottoms attached. Butter both sides of each slice, wrap in aluminum foil and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.

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