Servings: Makes about 12 slices
Ingredients 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil1 head garlic5 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese1 tablespoon chopped thyme leaves1 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper1/2 teaspoon paprika1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes , optional1 store-bought loaf or homemade rustic country bread cut into 1/2-inch slices
Preheat oven to 400°. Using about 1 teaspoon olive oil, brush garlic head. Wrap garlic in foil and roast until very tender, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven and when cool enough to handle, cut off top and squeeze roasted garlic from skin into a medium bowl.
Add remaining ingredients except bread. Mix well. Spread mixture onto each slice of bread, reserving about 1/4 cup. Wrap bread in foil, with foil seam on top. Bake about 20 minutes. Carefully open seam of foil completely. Brush bread with remaining 1/4 cup garlic mixture and continue cooking on foil until golden brown and crispy, about 12 minutes. Serve hot.