Grilled garlic bread is an institution around here. It’s history in the making. When it first won our hearts is of two minds, but a few plausible situations came to mind last night as we sat on the porch discussing our fondness for the chewy staple. It started somewhere between grilling up the good stuff on a rooftop in Richmond, VA, and crisping it up over a crackling open flame during my first PATC cabin trip. As things go, garlic bread is now situated at the center of our cabin trip feasts, so my first “primitive palace” trip edged out a rooftop origination.
Along with all the fixings for grilled garlic bread, there is a definitive list of gear that accompanies us on our cabin trips. While we will be giving more in-depth descriptions in a subsequent post, here is a brief summary of some essentials.
* Marmot is a brand we turn to time after time for apparel. Through rain and cold weather, their longevity and performance keep us dry and warm through the seasons. *Whether we just want a cup of coffee, or a meal, our MSR stove is necessary when we forgo building a fire. Small and lightweight, this stove has stood the test of time through many adventures. Some other essentials include: *a good quality knife and machete *a lightweight first aid kit not much *A GSI Bugaboo cook set *Headlamps + back-up batteries) *lightweight sleeping bag + sleeping bag for cold weather camping *Our Eno hammock. While this is by no means a comprehensive list, these are must pack items, and you can find all the above here.
Back to that crusty, garlicky bread. This is so easy. In fact, we hesitated about posting it. But, there is always a bottom line. It’s just too good, too tried and true, not to share our with you. With a handful of ingredients and easy preparation, grilled garlic bread is a gratifying treat for a night in the woods, or a night at home. The low grill temperature gets the outside perfectly crunchy and leaves the inside pillowy, creating a chewy texture. The browned crevices receive a droplet of sticky, melted garlic with each passing of the clove over the piping bread. Although always a part of “toppings” night (more about this later), it’s good by itself hot off the grill. Truth be told, you’ll probably find yourself slinking off to the kitchen for another nibble long after the dishes have been washed. We do.