Monday, August 20, 2012

Grilled Ciabatta with Roasted Garlic

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My parents moved out to the suburbs of Las Vegas when I was in college, and shortly thereafter, a new Costco opened up just a few miles down the road from their new house. That Costco carried this amazing ciabatta bread slathered in a savory roasted garlic butter spread. I've never seen it in any other Costco, and I've never been able to find a copy cat recipe online, or even any mention of it, which is crazy because it is the best garlic bread ever. I finally took matters into my own hands (after many years of doing nothing) and just made up my own recipe. Let's just say it was a success--you don't need to know how many pieces I ate, right?!


Grilled Ciabatta with Roasted Garlic
We grilled ours, but you could just as easily bake it in a 350°F oven until the butter is melted and the bread is heated through.
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1 head garlic
olive oil
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
2 Tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
1 loaf ciabatta bread, about 1 lb

Cut the top off the head of garlic so that the bulbs are exposed. Place on a large piece of tin foil, drizzle with a little olive oil, and seal up the foil. Bake in a 400°F oven for 1 hour. Remove garlic from foil and set aside to cool. Combine softened butter, dried parsley, and parmesan cheese in a medium bowl. Add roasted garlic by squeezing the head of garlic over the bowl; the garlic cloves should pop right out. Stir butter mixture to combine. Cut the ciabatta bread in half like a giant hamburger bun; you should end up with a top piece and a bottom piece. Divide the butter mixture evenly between the two halves. Place each piece of bread butter side-up on a grill set to medium heat, and grill until butter is melted and bread is warmed through.

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2 comments:

  1. I love Ciabatta bread, thank you for this post - this will be perfect with dinner tonight. Also, (non-food related) how do your parents like living in LV? We are considering retiring there (Summerlin)and would love to hear what they like (and dislike -- heat?) about living there.

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    1. Hi Laurie! My parents actually moved almost a year ago so that they could be closer to us and their grandkids. BUT...they were in LV for 24 years and enjoyed it! And I loved growing up there. The heat is crazy in the summer, but the winters are nice, the sunsets are beautiful, and it has a very small-town feel--despite its insane growth lately. When my parents moved to the suburbs, they moved to Summerlin! And that's where my husband and I lived until we moved out of state. Summerlin is wonderful--beautiful, clean, and well-maintained. And the city has become more cosmopolitan than it used to be. There are museums and broadway shows, beautiful hotels, and world-class restaurants. It has a lot to offer. Email me if you want to talk more!

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