Homemade garlic bread

After seeing quite a few shop-bought garlic bread packs taken out of neighbouring freezers and shoved into the oven – I thought I would do a quick post of how to make your own garlic butter. I always find shop-bought garlic bread is nearly always far too buttery, so making your own is a slightly healthier alternative and in my view tastes fresher! To completely make your own garlic bread, you could make lovely little rolls or a baguette from a basic bread recipe – wholemeal is even better. I saw these ‘bake at home’ rolls in Tesco’s on sale and was inspired to make use them for garlic bread so used those instead.

All you will need is some:

-Butter

-Garlic

-Mixed herbs

-Bread rolls

Garlic bread ingredients

Now there isn’t really an exact ‘recipe’ for this garlic butter so you can just season according to personal taste. Crush and finely chop as much as possible some garlic cloves depending on how much garlic butter you want. For the six rolls here, I used one clove.

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Add a large knob of butter and mix together thoroughly. I also added in some dried mixed herbs at this point. Cut the rolls lengthways with a sharp knife and spread some of the garlic butter inside.

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These garlic bread rolls are easy to freeze so you can defrost them as and when you need them. Leftover garlic butter is delicious on toast or a served with steak. I actually ate them with the roast chicken wings, carrots and rice I had for dinner a few nights ago – it was a hearty meal for a starving person!

Hearty dinner

I actually par-boiled the carrots beforehand and then put them underneath the roasting chicken wings to absorb the flavour and juices for the last 10-15 minutes of cooking.

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Chicken Wings!

I have not actually ever made chicken wings before and thought I would attempt some as my brother and sister love them. The recipe I used was fairly simple and I had hoped that the overnight marinating of the chicken would give it a lot of flavour, but surprisingly it was just mediocre for my taste so if any readers have any tips or other recipes, I would be very grateful if you would leave comments below.

Easy chicken wings, makes 16

Preparation time : 15 minutes

Roasting time : 45-50 minutes

-16 raw chicken wings

-2 garlic cloves, crushed

-Zest and juice of 1 lemon

-1tsp cumin seeds

2 tbsp olive oil

-1 tbsp honey (optional)

First make the marinade by mixing garlic, lemon zest, juice, cumin and oil in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Toss the wings in the marinade so that they are thoroughly coated and leave to rest overnight so that the marinade can be absorbed in the meat. As I didn’t find that the flavour had been absorbed quite as much, I would suggest making some small slits in the chicken wings to improve this.

When you are ready to cook the chicken wings, put in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 45-50 minutes until golden brown and crisp. You can drizzle a little honey onto them for the last 10 minutes if roasting if preferred.

 

 

cooked as part of this menu