Homemade garlic-herb butter (the key is to mash the garlic into a paste first) and a quick turn on the grill transform a loaf of French bread into a spectacular side dish.
Finely mince garlic; season with salt. Place the flat side of a knife blade on top of garlic and press down firmly to mash into a paste. In a small bowl, combine garlic paste, butter, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill cut sides of bread, rotating once to make hatch marks, until lightly charred and toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Brush grilled sides with herb butter; serve immediately.