Y’all know who Tyler Florence is, right? I mean really, who doesn’t. 😍 He makes some pretty amazing food. I have a bunch of his cookbooks, and in one of those cookbooks he posted a recipe for the ultimate garlic bread. I tried it a few times and tweaked it a little bit, and I loved it so much that the next time I went to my mom’s for dinner, I had to make it for her.
So I’m in her kitchen stirring together the butter mixture for the garlic bread. And I was gabbing away about something or other and was totally distracted. And not even thinking, I picked up a bottle of balsamic vinegar? Cuz I guess I had it on my mind? And I started to pour it into the butter mixture? Idk. I poured long enough to say OOPS! and stop pouring. Like crap. WTF was I doing?? So I stopped talking and my mom and I looked at each other, and I said “Shit. I ruined the butter mixture!” And she said “No you didn’t. Balsamic vinegar doesn’t ruin anything.” And I realized she was probably right. So I stirred that balsamic vinegar into the butter mixture real well, and then I spread it on the bread and baked it as directed.
And what came out of the oven 20 minutes later was the tastiest kitchen mistake I have ever made in my life. I mean why hadn’t some amazing Italian chef thought of this before I made this mistake?! It is so tasty and yummy. The balsamic lends a nice, unexpected flavor to the garlic bread, and you will be surprised at how it works. Or maybe you won’t be surprised because balsamic and bread go waaaay back in the club of Best Pairings Ever. But I love this garlic bread and so will you.
1 loaf ciabatta, focaccia, baguette, or French bread, sliced in half lengthwise
1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
3 cloves of garlic, grated on a grater, or minced and mashed into a paste with salt
Salt and pepper
1-2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 “oops” pour of balsamic vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Stir butter, garlic, parsley, basil, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese together in a small bowl. Add one “oops” pour of balsamic vinegar – literally, pour it and say OOPS! and then stop. Stir well to combine. It will look at first like it might not come together, but keep stirring.
2. Spread half the butter mixture on one half of the loaf of bread. Spread the other half of the butter mixture on the other half of the loaf of bread. Wrap in foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Cut into slices and enjoy!