Total Time: 30 mins, Servings: 6-8
1 loaf of bread (such as baguette or ciabatta), cut in half lengthwise
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of red-pepper flakes
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place the loaf halves side by side on the baking sheet.
3. In a small pot, heat the olive oil, butter and garlic over low heat until the garlic is very tender and the oil is fragrant, about 10 to 12 minutes.
4. Use a fork to mash the garlic cloves into the oil, forming a loose paste. Season with the salt, pepper and red-pepper flakes.
5. Spoon the garlic paste (along with any remaining oil-butter mixture) evenly on the cut side of the bread. Garnish with an even sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, if using.
6. Bake until the bread is fragrant, golden brown and toasty, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm.