Giant Grilled Hunks of Bread
At her L.A. restaurant Pizzeria Mozza, Nancy Silverton and chef Joe Marcos send out antipasti with superthick slices of garlic-rubbed bread. Similarly, Matt Molina and his chef friends grilled hunks of crusty peasant bread to serve with grilled steak; they're great for sopping up all the delicious juices. Although toasts are a smart way to use up old bread, Molina prefers grilling fresh bread. "When the bread is doused with plenty of olive oil and cooked over high heat, its center becomes almost custardlike," he says.
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