Gilroy, California, Garlic Bread Recipe

Makes: 4 to 6 servings

Gilroy, California, is the garlic capital of the universe—the only place where you can hang a steak outside on a clothesline to marinate in the garlic fumes from nearby fields and processing plants. This bread is loaded with garlic flavor, has a wonderful consistency, and is guaranteed to keep vampires away.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 package (2 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (preferably small curd), warmed
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic or onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Soften the yeast in the water in a large bowl.
  2. Add the cottage cheese, garlic, egg, oil, oregano, sugar, salt, and baking soda and stir well.
  3. Add the flour to the mixture, blend well, and put in a warm place to rise, loosely covered, until doubled in size.
  4. Stir the dough down and turn out into a well-greased, 2-quart casserole dish. Let rise for another 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Bake the bread for 40 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned, then let rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve warm.

Note: If you wish, you can add some chopped fresh parsley, savory, or basil (1/2 teaspoon each) for a tasty garlic-herb bread.

This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.