Nothing completes a meal like a really good buttery slice of garlic bread made from crusty, fresh French bread. Even if you're not up for making your own French bread, you can use this method for your favorite type of bread and add some pizazz to your meal.
Figure 1-1/2 sticks of salted butter per loaf of French bread. Melt the butter over very low heat in a large skillet. When the butter is halfway melted, add 2 cloves of minced garlic. After the butter has melted, let the butter and garlic hang out together in the skillet, still over very low heat so the garlic can infuse the butter.
Slice the French bread in half lengthwise and then cut each in half. Take the quarter piece of French bread and lay it cut side down in the butter. Pick it up and lay it cut side up on your baking sheet.
Sprinkle each piece with a little paprika and some finely chopped parsley.
Place the bread under the broiler until the edges begin brown. You REALLY have to watch the bread, because it will begin to charr then burn in no time flat.
Hint: We used this to mop up the Shrimp Riviera!