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Buca di Beppo Garlic Bread and Garlic Bread with Mozzarella

By Todd Wilbur


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Get the mints ready. The secret to re-creating Buca di Beppo's garlic bread starts with using the right kind of bread and lots of fresh garlic. Bakers at each restaurant start baking bread early each day, so you'll want to find a freshly baked loaf of focaccia in your market's bakery, and cut it in half through the middle using a large serrated knife. The better the foccacia, the better your garlic bread will turn out. The garlic cloves are sliced very thin using a sharp knife and a steady hand. Arrange these slices over the top of the generously buttered bread. Add shredded mozzarella first if it's that version of the garlic bread you're making. Then, just make sure you each consume at least one slice when the lightly brown garlic bread comes out of the oven so that everyone's breath is equally stinky.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 loaf focaccia bread
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella (if making the mozzarella version)
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
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      Buca di Beppo
    • Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

      2. Slice focaccia bread in half through the middle and spread approximately 1/4 cup of softened butter on the faces of each half of the loaf.

      3. Sprinkle about 1 1/2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese over the butter on each half.

      4. If you are making the mozzarella version, sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese on the face of each half of foccacia. Skip this step for the plain version.

      5. Arrange about 3 cloves of sliced garlic on each face of the bread, and then sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano over the top of each half.

      6. Bake bread on a baking sheet for 10 to 12 minutes or until the top begins to brown. Slice and serve.

      Serves 8.

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Brenda Lindar
Jul 24, 2012, 21:00

I agree with the oil combo - slice the garlic with a single edge razor blade - much easier and thinner!!

GMM
Nov 15, 2008, 22:00

Loved this recipe. I used Elephant Garlic sliced, then cut up - much easier to slice han regular small garlic cloves. My family loves this recipe!

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