Instantly give any loaf of store-bought bread a rustic, homemade touch and some bright flavor with this technique that takes charcuterie or butter boards up a notch. All you need is a loaf of artisan bread, some melted butter or olive oil, and any combination of fresh herbs (we always prefer homegrown tastiness), and voila –you’ve got yourself an easy elevated appetizer or beautiful addition to any dinner menu. Cater your chosen herbs and spices to the flavors of the season and this quick-and-easy technique will soon be a go-to at all your gatherings.
Olive oil spray or ⅓ cup melted butter
Assorted chopped herbs to taste (any combination of tender [basil, dill, parsley, tarragon] and hardy [oregano, thyme, rosemary] herbs)
1 loaf of baked bread (like a baguette, rustic round, focaccia, or even dinner rolls)
Coarse or flake salt and pepper to taste
Brush your loaf of fresh baked bread with melted butter or spray with oil.
Press on whole-leaf or chopped herbs.
(Note: if a handmade design is too daunting, just combine your chopped herbs with the melted butter and brush over the whole loaf!)
Brush with remaining melted butter or spray with additional oil to prevent the leaves from drying out.
(Optional: Sprinkle with salt or pepper to taste.)
Bake bread at 350° for 5-10 minutes, until the bread is golden brown and herbs are set and just beginning to wilt.
Serve with herb compound butter, spreads, or cheeses.