In a breadbasket at Manhattan's Carbone, we discovered the Platonic ideal of garlic bread. With roasted garlic butter made from freshly chopped cloves that are by turns sharp and mellow, heat from red chile flakes, and a bit of funk from parmesan, each crunchy bite of baguette, scattered with parsley and chives and bathed in olive oil, is fiercely flavorful and craveworthy.
1 large baguette (about 12 oz.), sliced lengthwise
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
1 tsp. dried oregano
4 cloves garlic, smashed into a paste
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
⅓ cup grated parmesan
1 tbsp. finely chopped chives
1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
Heat oven broiler. Place baguette cut side up on a foil-lined baking sheet. Stir butter, oil, chile flakes, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl; spread evenly over cut sides of baguette and sprinkle with parmesan. Bake until golden and slightly crisp, 2–3 minutes. Sprinkle with chives and parsley; cut into 2″ pieces.