Have you ever tried roasting garlic and shallots? They’re renowned for their intense flavor and aroma, which make them fantastic for adding depth to dishes. However, slow roasting them in olive oil mellows these robust flavors, transforming them into a sweeter, milder version of themselves. This unique flavor profile is quite different from your typical garlic bread, so don’t anticipate the same intense garlic punch!
When it comes to cheese, feel free to use whatever you have on hand. However, if you’re shopping, I’d suggest mozzarella for its stretchiness.
- 1 loaf of any Italian bread
- 3 shallots
- 2 garlic bulbs
- 125g butter, softened
- 1 tbsp miso
- 1/2 tbsp chili flakes
- Cheese (mozzarella)
- Parsley, chopped
- 1-2 tbsp honey
- Cut off the tops of the garlic bulbs and shallots. Set them on a piece of foil, drizzle generously with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Wrap the foil and bake at 180C / 350F for 1hr – 1hr15min or until the garlic and shallots are golden and caramelized. Allow to cool.
- In a bowl, squeeze out the garlic and shallots. Add the butter, miso, chili flakes, salt, and pepper, and blend until well combined.
- Halve your loaf of bread lengthwise and lavishly spread the mixture (you can also make incisions in your bread to allow the butter to permeate more deeply). Sprinkle with cheese and grill/broil at 180C / 350F for 15-20 mins or until golden brown (don’t forget to keep an eye on it to prevent burning!).
- Once golden and crispy, garnish with parsley and honey. Slice and serve.
Shallot & Garlic Bread: A superior take on your classic garlic bread!