Some define the beginning of civilization when language was created. Others say the dawn of agriculture. But the beginning of culture as I understand it, began when the first loaf of bread was broken and shared. What better image of community can you ask for? It’s not just a vessel for when you’re dipping it in a sauce or making a sandwich. Let’s celebrate bread on it’s own merit.
I can remember going to restaurants with my childhood friend Jill and lunging at the bread basket together. Our parents would roll their eyes at their little animals and tell us not to fill up before dinner. We both try to be more healthy these days (ok, you are much healthier than me Jill [Jill takes groups on rock-climbing tours, so you can only imagine]), but if there’s one thing we can’t kick, it’s eating bread.
If you’re going to break bread with family or just satisfy yourself, why not make some damn good bread.
Here’s an easy recipe that delivers all your needs:
✔Slightly charred, crusty outside
✔Soft, buttery inside
- 8 slices of thickly sliced bread (classic Italian works well)
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp mixed herbs (I used a mix of basil, thyme, and oregano here)
- Salt and pepper
Blend the butter, garlic, and herbs together until well incorporated. Smear about 1/2 tablespoon on each side of each slice, all the way to the edges. Place these on the grill, but not on direct heat. This works best if you have a raised grill shelf or grate. Grill only until it starts to char, about 4 minutes, then flip and grill another 3.
Now, if you want to really let your bread freak flag fly, try serving this with a family meal begging for bread to be dipped in it. Here are a few ideas: