There is something about a warm, delicious slice of rustic bread. Add a little bit of garlic butter and a fresh sprig of rosemary and it is rustic rosemary bread perfection.
Todays post is all about Thanksgiving sides- and I am going in the simple, easy And delicious direction for this one.
You might recognize this bread from a chapter in my book Inspired Gatherings. I use a rustic bread with a sprig of rosemary and wrapped in paper on the plates of the vineyard harvest shoot. Which was inspired by harvest season in the wine country.
Simple & Easy Rustic Rosemary Bread
There are two ways to make this bread for your guests. The first involves making the bread from scratch. This is a great recipe and from scratch is such a fun thing to do- and there really is nothing like fresh baked bread warm from the over. The second way since you are already making 27 things for Thanksgiving dinner is to keep it easy And delicious.
Go to the Bakery
That is right- go to your local specialty bakery and choose a large loaf of fresh bread- or smaller individual loaves will do too. And then customize it and serve it with a beautiful garnish and presentation. For this bread for this post- I used a rustic sourdough baguette that was sliced into several small ‘loaves’.
Easy right? Here is how to serve this bread either way you do it.
Fresh and Warm
Soft fresh bread is the best. And when it is warmed? Oh my my my… even better. The key to this bread is to warm it up in the over before placing it on the plates. But even better- I like to put the garlic butter on it before warming it.
Fresh Minced Garlic Butter
Mince a few cloves of fresh garlic and blend it with softened butter and a little sprinkle of pepper and salt and chopped fresh rosemary if desired. Note: You can sautée the garlic just a bit to take the zing out if you want to. I am all about fresh- and I love loads of fresh garlic on bread so I just serve it fresh.
Slice the bread lengthwise and spread the garlic butter on each side- and then place them back together. Place the bread on a baking sheet and warm in the oven until the butter melts.
Tip: Add chopped fresh rosemary for even more flavor.
Wrap and tie with twine
I should note that if you are using a baking paper and baking twine for this- you can wrap ahead of time before you warm up the bread. If not- simply wrap it afterwards. I just place the bread on the paper, add a sprig of rosemary and then ‘roll’ and wrap it in the paper to look pretty and then tie it with twine.
Tip: You can either wrap the entire bread like below- or simply wrap it with a smaller piece of paper and then tie with twine for a similar look.
Serve and Enjoy
For a more formal presentation- you can simply set each bread on a guests plate. Or place in a basket or on a bread board and let them take one if they want to.
TIP: Make several size breads- some longer and some shorter- so that guests can enjoy a piece in whatever size they would like.
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