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Shallots (or Garlic) Toast

A simple, quick garlic toast.

Serves four


  • Four 1/2-inch slices crusty peasant bread or baguette
  • 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil or unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 shallot or 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • About 1/2 tsp. kosher or coarse sea salt


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet and brush both sides with the olive oil or melted butter. Toast the bread until golden brown, two to three minutes. Rub each slice lightly with a cut shallot or garlic clove; sprinkle with salt.

Author’s Note: If you’re in a hurry, toast the bread slices, without oil, in a toaster or toaster oven. When golden, brush with extra-virgin olive oil and rub lightly with a halved shallot or garlic clove; sprinkle with salt. (These are a little less chewy.)

Recipe excerpted from The Improvisational Cook by Sally Schneider (William Morrow, 2006).

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