There are probably as many recipes for garlic toast as there are for French bread. We’ve tried many of them. But our favorite garlic toast is what I call Sesame Garlic Toast. This is one of my family’s favorite side dishes. It is also one of the easiest side dishes to make, and I often serve it instead of rice, potatoes, or pasta. (Though sometime we have it with pasta — my family is very fond of our starches).
This recipe started with sesame baguettes that my local Safeway bakery makes. But I recently came across toasted sesame seeds at Costco that will allow me to make this even if Safeway decides to discontinue this bread. Because as my husband always says, it is the toasted sesame seeds that make this toast so yummy.
Sesame Garlic Toast
French bread or sesame baguette
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp dried basil
Toasted sesame seeds
Slice French bread or baguette in ½ inch thick slices. If it is a thin baguette, slice at an angle to create more surface area for toasting. Mix dried basil into olive oil. Brush each slice of bread with olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with garlic salt and sesame seeds.
Place the bread slices in a toaster oven (or on the top rack of the oven if you don’t have a toaster oven). Toast (or broil) until bread is lightly brown and crispy. Serve with your favorite entrée and vegetable.
Tonight we had this with fried chicken drumsticks and a mixture of cauliflower and carrots. Very tasty.