Grilled bread with olive oil and oregano (Ψωμί στη σχάρα)

Grilled bread with olive oil and oregano

Thick cut country bread grilled with olive oil and oregano flavour.


Just when you thought bread couldn’t get any better, along comes this. If you have ever eaten in a Greek restaurant, either in Greece or elsewhere, you would have likely been served a basket of bread like this; thick cut slices of country bread brushed with olive oil and kissed with oregano, grilled so that they are at once crispy, toasty and yet still soft and able to sop up all sorts of deliciousness.

Grilled bread with olive oil and oregano

Often, this bread is served with a bit of tzatziki, or taramosalata. If you’re lucky, a bowl of olives and some feta also make an appearance. And, if you are super lucky, the basket keeps getting re-filled, even as you vow you will stop at just one piece so that you have room left over for your main course of souvlaki or bridjoles tiganites (fried pork chops). If you decide to order one of the lathera dishes on the menu (like green beans with potato stew) or a classic kokkinisto, perhaps of rooster (yes, rooster!), be sure to save at least one slice of bread. Dipped into the sauces left behind in these dishes, this grilled bread with olive oil and oregano becomes the vehicle for a party in your mouth.

There are some dishes that you may try at a restaurant that you feel would be too onerous to do at home, like moussaka or Greek-style cabbage rolls. Both of these are actually VERY do-able at home by the way, and we’ve got you covered with easy to follow recipes that you can find here: moussaka and here: cabbage rolls. Bread grilled with olive oil and oregano however is probably the easiest thing you can make that has the ability to transport you to a Greek taverna. So get some nice country bread, pull out the olive oil and oregano, fire up the grill, put on some bouzouki music, and say Opa!

Grilled bread with olive oil and oregano
Grilled bread with olive oil and oregano
Grilled bread with olive oil and oregano

Helpful hints

What kind of bread is best to use to make grilled bread with olive oil and oregano?

The best bread to use would be a large loaf of country bread, either homemade or store bought. If you go to a Greek bakery, ask for a fradzola (φραντζόλα). Ideally you want a bread with a firm crust and soft crumb.

Can I make extra pieces and save them for the next day?

Your grilled bread with olive oil and oregano will not spoil if you make it a day in advance, but it is best eaten warm, and soon after it is grilled.


Looking for some other great bread recipes? How about these:

Pita bread

No-knead bread with olives and feta

Kouloures

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Grilled bread with olive oil and oregano
Grilled bread with olive oil and oregano

Grilled bread with olive oil and oregano (Ψωμί στη σχάρα)

Thick cut country bread grilled with olive oil and oregano flavour.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Bread with olive oil, Grilled bread
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mia Kouppa

Equipment

  • Outdoor grill OR stove top grill pan

Ingredients

  • 8 slices thick cut country bread
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, approximately
  • 2 tbsp dry oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Set your outdoor grill to medium heat. If you are using a stove top grill pan, set that over medium heat at well.
  • Meanwhile, brush both sides of the bread generously with olive oil. Sprinkle the oregano on all sides of the bread as well, and add some salt and pepper to taste.
  • When your grill is ready, place the bread on it (if using a charcoal grill do not place the bread directly over the flame). Grill for a few minutes per side, turning the bread so that you get nice grill marks on each side.
  • To serve place in a bread basket or bowl and cover loosely with a cloth to keep the bread somewhat warm.
  • Enjoy!

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