Are you ready for the BEST Garlic Bread of you life??
I am SO excited to share the first recipe I came up with. This California Garlic Bread With Sauteed Spinach & Avocados is a twist on the traditional garlic bread. California Avocados asked me to “California-ize” something I enjoy, since ya know avocados just scream Cali! For whatever reason, garlic bread popped in my mind, so I ran with it!
And I am so happy I did!
This may be one of the most delicious bites I have ever put in my mouth! This California Garlic Bread With Sauteed Spinach & Avocados is perfect for a snack, side or even a meal all on its own.
This dish is so insanely delicious that I wish I had thought of it sooner! I keep saying to my husband “a restaurant should put this on their menu, it would be such a great appetizer or lunch offering!” Just talking about this California Garlic Bread With Sauteed Spinach & Avocados makes me want to run to the kitchen and make it again…I actually think I will, lol!
Who doesn’t love a hunk of hot and crispy garlic bread, pulled fresh from the oven…am I right?
Well, the addition of a few unexpected ingredients transforms it from a simple side, into a meal! A meal with some value too! Avocados, sauteed spinach, tomatoes, peppers, these are some good for you toppings! Dress it up with a generous drizzle of balsamic reduction/glaze and wow! I admit, I have a serious addiction to balsamic glaze, I can drink the stuff !
This really is pretty, delicious, and it gives you way more substance that a regular old hunk of garlic bread and if a balsamic drizzle is not your thing (gasp!) simply leave it off!!
The hardest part of making this dish?? Not eating all of the avocado chunks you tossed in a bit of oil, salt & red pepper. Ummm, yeah…I had to cut some more by the time my bread came out of the oven!
This recipe is brought to you by California Avocados, I was compensated to create a series of recipes for them, which I am super-excited about…enjoy!
To learn more about California Avocados find delicious recipes or simply learn or how to buy, peel, cut or store them visit www.californiaavocados.com. They have a gorgeous website, enjoy looking around it!
California Garlic Bread With Sauteed Spinach & Avocados
1 Large loaf of Ciabatta or Italian Bread (or your favorite)
3/4 stick (6 TBS) butter
3 TBS minced garlic (divided)
Kosher salt & pepper
4 cups fresh spinach
1 TBS grapeseed or olive oil
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1 yellow pepper
1 Fresh California Avocado
Preheat your oven 400 degrees.
Slice your bread right down the middle lengthwise. Reserve one side for another use (or use it and double the above ingredients).
In a small microwave safe bowl, melt your butter, add in 2 TBS of minced garlic, season with Kosher salt and some black pepper, stir and allow it to sit for a few minutes for the flavors to mingle.
Place your half loaf of bread onto a baking sheet, liberally brush it with your garlic-butter mixture. Set aside.
In a small skillet, saute your oil and garlic for 1 minute add in your spinach and stir for another minute or so, just until spinach begins to wilt. Remove it from the heat, squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice, give it a stir and then spread it our over-top your prepared bread. In the same pan, add in your tomatoes, and peppers and saute for 2 minutes. Place them atop the spinach-topped garlic bread, season with a bit of Kosher salt & pepper (and red pepper if you want some heat) and bake for 10-12 minutes or until done to your liking.
While the bread bakes, cut up your avocado into bite sized chunks. Toss the chunks with a teaspoon of grapeseed or olive oil, Kosher salt and red pepper. Give it a small squeeze of fresh lemon juice and toss.
Once the bread is out of the oven, add the avocado pieces over-top, drizzle with balsamic reduction/glaze, cut into sections and enjoy!!
Colleen’s Notes: The size of a loaf of bread varies, the above recipe was made multiple times using half of a large ciabatta loaf. I don’t like my garlic bread to-be super-crunchy. If you do, leave yours in the oven 3-5 additional minutes.