The Simplest Hostess Gift: Sinful Garlic Bread

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With just a week leading up to Christmas and New Years, I believe you’re the sort who has at least one dinner party to attend. Forget the wine, table the flowers, and let someone else handle dessert. You bring this and bake it at the party — make sure to ask the hostess for a bit of room in the oven for your sinfully delicious contribution that, let’s be real, most everyone will prefer above the wine, flowers and dessert! -Maggie

Every holiday season, I have a few unique food gifts in mind to present as hostess gifts; I think nothing says love more than a homemade gift – especially one that can be enjoyed at the table.  This sinful garlic bread has become my go-to hostess gift this year; it goes with any menu, and the smiles on my recipients’ faces are the greatest thank you ever.

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Let me start by saying ’tis the season, so no holding back on calories! This recipe is sinful, and I make no apologies.  It is loaded with butter, mayonnaise (yes, mayo, don’t judge), garlic and parsley.  When I tell people that I use mayonnaise, they squish their mouths together and look at me in terror.  But you need not be afraid – the mayonnaise helps hold all of the ingredients together, and without it the butter would merely melt away into the bread.  This mixture creates a layer of creamy goodness that sits on each slice of bread.

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When I am presenting this as a hostess gift, I assemble the bread, but I do not bake it.  I simply put it all together, wrap it in a pretty burlap bag with a ribbon and present it to my host.  All that is left to do is bake the loaf of bread, and enjoy it.

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Sinful Garlic Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Italian parsley, minced
  • 5 medium cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • Paprika, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the butter, mayonnaise, parsley, and garlic until combined.
  2. Spread the mixture on each freshly cut side of the ciabatta bread.
  3. Evenly sprinkle both sides of the bread with the cheese, and some of the paprika.
  4. Wrap the bread together as a loaf, and wrap with foil. Then place into a pretty bag to present to the hostess.
  5. Before serving, unwrap the bread, place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 425°F, or until golden and slightly bubbly. Serve warm!
Photos taken and styled by Denise Woodward.

Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019. 

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