Bread Spreads Worthy of Restaurants

Bread and butter have been going together for too long. Time to trade partners! How about a more sophisticated, flavorful spread?

Creamy Garlic Spread

Enjoy the sweet, nutty flavor of this garlic, without the pungency. Remove the outer leaves and pointed end of a large head of garlic. Sprinkle with thyme or other herb and plenty of olive oil. Bake in a hot oven until soft (about 30 minutes). Serve on a colorful dish and provide small knives so guests can work out the cloves and spread them on crusty French bread.

Dipper's Delight

For a scrumptious and healthful alternative to butter, try fruity and fragrant olive oil with herbs. Pour extra-virgin olive oil into a dish. Sprinkle with finely chopped herbs and a dash of salt. Wonderful paired with hearty Italian or French bread for dipping.

Touch of Heat

Make an oil dip as described above, but add a bit of finely chopped hot pepper to the mix. Or use red pepper flakes.

Succulent Sandwich

Believe it or not, avocado makes a luscious sandwich spread. Mash avocado with a fork and flavor to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder, or lemon juice.

What about Breakfast?

Here's a positively sinful spread for toast, bread, or matzoh. In a small bowl, blend equal parts of softened butter and honey. Whip together with a fork and keep in the refrigerator. Kids adore it - and so will you.

Restaurant Training for Whole Grain Cooking

Next time you entertain, remember that your home restaurant training includes doing everything possible to please your guests. And one thing that always pleases diners is finding something new and intriguing on the menu.